Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra brings history to life with The Galileo Project


Internationally renowned Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra will dazzle Fredericton Playhouse audiences on Thursday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m. with The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres.

Canada’s award-winning period instrument orchestra is known for its distinct, exhilarating and soulful performances. The group excels in performing music from the baroque and classical eras and beyond, including adventurous cross-cultural reinventions of baroque classics.

Created by Alison MacKay and directed by Jeanne Lamon, this imaginative concert commemorates Galileo’s first public demonstration of the telescope, and explores the fusion of arts, science and culture in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The dynamic musicians at the heart of Tafelmusik perform the music by memory to a backdrop of high-definition images from the Hubble telescope and Canadian astronomers, providing a beautiful visual component to the performance. The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheresfeatures poetic narration, choreography and music by some of the greatest composers of all time, including Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach and Handel.

In addition to this performance, the Playhouse is presenting a number of Experience More! activities, all offered free of charge. On Wednesday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m., families are invited to participate in A Space Odyssey in Blacklight at the Fredericton Public Library. Children are welcome back to the library on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. for a reading of the picture book Mary Lou’s New Telescope.

In partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the UNB Astronomy Club, participants of all ages are encouraged to visit the William Brydon Jack Observatory onThursday, November 20 at 8 p.m. for an evening of stargazing. Audience members can also stop by the Playhouse prior to Tafelmusik’s performance on Thursday, November 27 at 6 p.m.for more stargazing with the Royal Astronomical Society, and to learn more about Galileo and one of the world’s first telescope. Plus, Tafelmusik’s own Alison MacKay will give a pre-show talk at 6:30 p.m. to discuss her creation of The Galileo Project.

Click here for more information about all Experience More! activities offered in conjunction with Tafelmusik’s performance.

Tickets for The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office at 458-8344, or online at www.theplayhouse.ca

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