- One ticket to Tafelmusik Performs The Four Seasons: A Cycle of the Sun
- When: Tuesday, March 11, at 8 p.m.
- Where: George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts
- Door time: 7:15 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- C$27.50 for the balcony or lower-level rear section (up to C$61.75 value)
- C$38.50 for the lower-level sides, orchestra, or balcony section (up to C$85.50 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
The Four Seasons: A Cycle of the Sun
A crowd favorite since its live debut in 2003, Tafelmusik’s take on Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons makes its triumphant return to the stage. The piece begins with the first warmth of March, the orchestra firing up the recognizable pomp of Spring and swiftly flowing into its flower-bringing rainstorms. The heat of Summer comes on slowly, then, the melody seemingly weighed down by a scorching sun, whereas Fall enters with a jaunty briskness that evokes the playful fun of leaf-ball fights and rolling up leafmen.
It’s in Winter, however, that Tafelmusik takes Vivaldi’s piece to innovative new heights. An international consortium of instruments and voices—the Chinese pipa, the Indian sarangi, and Inuit throat singers—join a new arrangement of Winter penned by Life of Pi–composer Mychael Danna. Aruna Narayan Kalle’s sarangi carries the introductory melody, which sets a foreboding tone of icy storms to come, and Wen Zhao’s pipa moves at a frantic, frightening pace. When the rest of the orchestra blusters in, they are soon joined by the throat-singing duet Aqsarniit, whose rhythmic exhalations set the heart pounding even harder. <p>
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Praised by the Toronto Star as “one of the world’s top period-performance orchestras,” the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra dazzles music fans with an aural kaleidoscope of euphony. Based out of Toronto’s imposingly grand Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, the group comprises a choir of angel-voiced singers and a virtuosic chamber orchestra that are dedicated to authentic period performance. An intense commitment to accuracy leads the musicians to adopt centuries-old performance techniques, such as playing only instruments styled after 18th century versions.