Tuesday April 14th, 8pm
$15 or PWYC
Silence is excited to present an evening of baroque opera and exquisite dance – featuring University of Toronto’s Schola Cantorum (dir. Daniel Taylor), dancers Bill Coleman and Mairi Greg and the Theatre of Early Music.
“Daniel Taylor and the pure voices of the Theatre of Early Music breathe new life into the world of early music”
At the dawn of the seventeenth century, a musical breakthrough emerged. Baroque music, unlike anything written until then, digs back to its humanistic roots, and gives meaning to the essence of the voice – in all simplicity and with all its complexities. Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is a perfect representation of this moment in time. Based on Virgil’s Aeneid, the opera tells the story of Dido, the legendary Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, the Trojan Prince and refugee with whom the Queen falls in love.
Theatre of Early Music
Founded by Artistic Director and Conductor Daniel Taylor, the Theatre of Early Music (TEM) are sought-after interpreters of magnificent yet neglected choral repertoire from four centuries. Appearances include stunning a cappella programs, with practices and aesthetics of former ages informing thought-provoking, passionate and committed reconstructions of music for historical events and major works from the oratorio tradition. Through their concert performances and recordings, the 10 – 20 solo singers offer a purity and clarity in their sound which has resulted in invitations from an ever-widening circle of the world’s leading stages.
Founded in 2012 by Daniel Taylor, the University of Toronto Schola Cantorum aims to present the brilliant early choral and instrumental repertoire from across the centuries to a new audience. The group’s interpretations strive to recreate the original performances of musical works — interpretations led by the energy and insights
of the gifted students themselves — in the belief that historical performance ideals and knowledge of the old world are essential for creating music anew. The Schola
Cantorum includes students from all levels of study (Bachelor in Music, Master in Music and Doctoral Candidates). Canada has many university choral ensembles, however the Schola Cantorum is the only large scale group using period instruments and historically informed performance practices to reveal the beauty of
baroque and early repertoire.
Dancer Bill Coleman
As co-founder and artistic co-director of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Bill Coleman’s previous creative endeavors include Bill Coleman & His North American Experience, co- founded with the composer John Oswald, and Heartland Events, co-founded with Michael Caplan. Coleman’s work is performed in North America, Europe and Asia.