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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra 2013

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Someone Baroque your heart?

"Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra brought seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music on period instruments to Toronto three decades ago, but rather than become a museum curator of old masterworks, the organization continues to find new ways of connecting audiences to its art," writes a Toronto Star critic. "Its latest creation, House of Dreams, … is much more than a concert. It … transcends its many components to create a special, all-encompassing experience that makes one forget time and place for two bliss-filled hours."

Artist website: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

If it isn’t Baroque, don’t fix it.

Well, that wasn’t what the musicians and artists of the Baroque period thought.

The Baroque period began in about 1600 in Rome and spread throughout Europe until around 1750. Brimming with exaggerated motion and detail, the style touched all things from music and dance to architecture and literature. Baroque comes from the Portuguese word barroco, meaning “misshapen pearl,” and describes, quite negatively, the “heavily ornamented” music of the time. Baroque architecture and art were wholly embraced by the era’s aristocracy, who believed it conveyed their power and control. Musicians of that time went to great lengths to impress. They added new forms of musical notation, used ornamentation, and even developed new playing techniques. Composers of the era include Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Philipp Telemann, Arcangelo Corelli, Claudio Monteverdi, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and Henry Purcell.

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Salon Evening

7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013
112 Borland Building

The public is invited to a Salon Evening, An Artistic and Musical Tour of Five Magnificent Cities: Baroque Delft, Leipzig, London, Paris, and Venice, featuring Penn State faculty panelists Charlotte Houghton (art history), Nancy Locke (art history), Marica Tacconi (musicology), and Robin Thomas (art history). Journey through five European cities and learn about their master Baroque artists and composers: Johannes Vermeer, Canaletto, Antoine Watteau, Marin Marais, Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, and Antonio Vivaldi.

House of Dreams

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Schwab Auditorium

Journey to the meeting places of Baroque art and music. Using exquisite musicianship, gorgeous projected images, and inviting narration as your guides, venture through five European homes where works by Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, and Marin Marais were played amid paintings by Johannes Vermeer, Canaletto, and Antoine Watteau.

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Adult $42  |  University Park Student $15  |  18 and Younger $32


Buy tickets to individual presentations or create your own Choice series — and receive a 10-percent discount— by purchasing together tickets to four or more Classical Music Project presentations. Purchase tickets online; by phone at 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX; or in person at Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).


Norma and Ralph Condee Chamber Music Endowment

Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Schwab Auditorium.

Artistic Viewpoints

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Tafelmusik double bassist and House of Dreams creator Alison Mackay, is offered in Schwab Auditorium one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

Art History 514 Class Visit

2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17
242 Borland Building
Not open to the public

Alison Mackay, Tafelmusik double bass player, talks about how art relates to the music in her creation House of Dreams. The one-hour seminar, hosted by Penn State Assistant Professor of Art History Robin Thomas, involves analyzing the art and architecture of the theatre through different disciplinary lenses. The discussion might also cover the Palais-Royal Opéra, Louis XIV and Ovid, Handel’s art collection, and Consul Smith’s home in Venice.

Baroque Ensemble Master Class

5 p.m. Wednesday, April 17
Music Building I Esber Recital Hall

The public is invited to observe as Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik music director, works with Penn State Baroque Ensemble musicians. Rob Nairn, a Penn State School of Music faculty member and director of the University’s Baroque Ensemble, hosts the 105-minute master class.

Strings Master Class

1 p.m. Thursday, April 18
Music Building I Esber Recital Hall

The public is welcome to observe as Jeanne Lamon, music director of Tafelmusik, works with Penn State School of Music strings students. School of Music Professor Jim Lyon hosts the 90-minute master class.

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