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Tafelmusik Bring House of Dreams to Brisbane

Tafelmusik Bring House of Dreams to Brisbane

| On 26, Feb 2015

More than your average ensemble, Grammy-nominated Baroque orchestra Tafelmusik are returning to Australia with their new multi-media concert House of Dreams.

Having previously toured the country with The Galileo Project, Tafelmusik are returning with one of their biggest and most ambitious creations to date.

Conceived and scripted by Tafelmusik bassist, Alison Mackay, House of Dreams is a sumptuous multi-media experience, weaving together Baroque music, architecture and art.

“House of Dreams is an evocation of rich and intimate experiences of the arts in the time of Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi and Bach,” says Mackay, “It’s a virtual visit to London, Venice, Delft, Paris and Leipzig, where great masterpieces by European painters were displayed on the walls of five private homes. These houses were also alive with music, often played by the leading performers and composers of the day. We’ve tried to recreate the experience of being a guest in each of those five houses.”


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The award-winning Orchestra will perform masterpieces from Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell and Marais against a stunning backdrop of Vermeer, Canaletto and Watteau, with narration from Blair Williams guiding the audience through the lives of these remarkable houses and their inhabitants.

The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra have been described as one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles, however, House of Dreams has a decidedly un-Baroque twist, and not just in the heavy use of technology.

“We’ve memorised the entire program, and to do that we had to rehearse for weeks,” says Mackay, “Musicians in the Baroque sometimes didn’t rehearse at all. But memorising the music means we are able to understand what we’re doing in a much more profound way. It allows us to recreate our relationships with the audience and, in a sense, to recreate what a concert is.”


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Unhindered by music stands, the Orchestra will interact freely with the audience and each other. Also adding to the unique staging is the use of a large projection screen suspended above the musicians, displaying not only paintings by European masters but also photographs taken in and around the five houses.

“The beauty of using this technology is the audience will be able to see the extreme details in the paintings – something you can’t see if you’re in a museum. For this project we established relationships with the administrations of each house,” says Mackay. “They invited us to come and take photographs, so we were able to take pictures of the rooms the music would have been performed in.”

It is only the Orchestra’s second trip to Australia, but Mackay says the group are very excited to return.

“The last trip we made to Australia was our first, but I think it was our favourite tour ever. We loved the audiences, we loved the halls, we loved the weather, we loved everything, and we can’t wait to be back.”

Tafelmusik will be performing House of Dreams at QPAC in March for one night only.



What Tafelmusik’s House of Dreams

Where QPAC

When March 4th

How Much $52 – $106

For more information, visit QPAC’s website here.


Image Credits: Glen Davidson.