Toronto Masque Theatre 2017/18
THE STARS ALIGN
a year of celebration
Dido and Aeneas / Aeneas and Dido (Henry Purcell, 1687 / James Rolfe, 2007)
20 & 21 October, 2017, 8:00 p.m. Pre-show event at 7:15 p.m. each evening
Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West
Virgil's tale of the tragic love between Dido, the Queen of Carthage, and the Trojan hero Aeneas is told from two very different perspectives in this powerful double bill featuring the Baroque masterpiece alongside a stirring contemporary work. Starring Krisztina Szabo, Alexander Dobson, Andrea Ludwig and Jacqueline Woodley.
The Peasant Cantata / All the Diamonds (Bach, 1742 / various)
8 - 10 February 2018, 8:00 p.m. Pre-show event at 7:15 p.m. each evening
10 February 2018, matinee 2:00 p.m. Pre-show matinee event at 1:15 p.m.
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity Street, near the Distillery District
Our mid-winter visit to the historic Enoch Turner Schoolhouse will warm your soul: a fresh take on Bach’s rustic secular cantata followed by an eclectic cabaret performance of torch songs, lieder, melodies and madrigals. Starring Patricia O'Callaghan and Giles Tomkins.
On the stage where it all began, a star-studded array of singers, actors, dancers and instrumentalists comes together for a one-night-only celebration.
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SALON 1 - Canada in Words and Music
25 September 2017, 7:30 p.m., The Atrium at 21 Shaftesbury Avenue
Drawing on the writings and music of some of our greatest artists, we celebrate the many voices and perspectives on the story of Canada.
SALON 2 - Peace on Earth: A Christmas Salon
17 & 18 December 2017, 7:30 p.m., The Atrium at 21 Shaftesbury Avenue
Guest singers and instrumentalists celebrate the season with carols, songs and instrumental works, including a rare performance of excerpts from The Birth of Christ by Canadian composer Clarence Lucas. Make merry with food, drink and silent auction.
SALON 3 - The Means of Grace: Seven Monologues on Music
23 April 2018, 7:30 p.m., The Atrium at 21 Shaftesbury Avenue
Larry Beckwith shares a personal narrative - in turns poignant and humorous - on the transcendent power of music. Directed by Derek Boyes, the evening will also feature special guest performers.
Salons are graciously hosted by Walter & Marina Unger.
Message from the Artistic Director
I’m filled with so many emotions as I introduce you to our final season. I’m humbled to present many of Canada's leading performing artists – some TMT regulars alongside some new faces. I’m heavy-hearted as I contemplate the end of a magnificent journey. But above all, I’m excited to present to you an entertaining season of music, theatre and dance that I’m sure will demonstrate the accomplishments of this unique company and its place in the performing arts in Canada.
Our celebrated double-bill of Dido and Aeneas and Aeneas and Dido will feature Krisztina Szabo and Alexander Dobson, two of the country's leading singers and two of TMT's great friends. Our annual Enoch Turner Schoolhouse winter show will feature Patricia O'Callaghan and Giles Tomkins in a rare performance of Bach's Peasant Cantata followed by a poignant and rollicking cabaret. And our final Last Chaconne will be a chance to revisit many of my all-time favourite TMT pieces, including excerpts from Acis and Galatea, The Lesson of Da Ji, The Fairy Queen, The Mummers Masque and Orpheus and Eurydice. In addition, we have commissioned composer/arranger Andrew Downing to write a special new work for the occasion.
In our more intimate salons, we will mark the 150th anniversary of confederation with a program of words and music by and about Canadians, we will celebrate the Christmas season with a merry party and I will present a personal narrative on the transcendent power of music.
If you are a regular TMT patron, I look forward to celebrating with you this year. If you are new to TMT, please sign on for what I know will be a special series of programs.
I look forward to a year of celebration . . . of beauty, of life, of art.