Salon 1
Music Amongst the Trees

"There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it."

19 September 2016, 7:30 p.m.
The Atrium at 21 Shaftesbury Avenue, Summerhill subway

The tree is the founding image for our season.  Each of our productions uses the tree either as metaphor or as a powerful lesson that can inspire us. It therefore seemed apt that our first event of the 2016/17 season should feature an exploration of poetry and songs inspired by trees as well as a short talk on the significance of trees in literature.


Larry Beckwith, host
Derek Boyes, actor
Jo Greenaway, piano
& members of the Elizabeth McDonald Voice Studio
With Leslie Wexler, PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, who will talk about her specialization, trees in literature

The title for the salon comes from a quotation by the little-known English poet Minnie Aumonier.


Featuring the music of Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ernest Chausson, Vaughan Williams, Roger Quilter and others

What does Larry have to say?

"'Roots', 'growth', 'branching out', 'blossoming'. With both of our Mainstage shows having the tree as a central and strong image, we thought we'd look into this image in more detail. In one sense, it's an obvious cliché, but we use tree metaphors on a daily basis and some of the greatest songwriters and authors have mined these rich images with marvelous results. I'm looking forward to delving into this topic through music, poetry and discussion."

Hosted and sponsored by TMT patrons Walter and Marina Unger, the evening will include snacks, tea, coffee, and a cash bar.