THE PEASANT CANTATA by Johann Sebastian Bach
ALL THE DIAMONDS Songs Inspired by the Night Sky
We peasants do not sing so quietly.
8, 9 & 10 February 2018, 8:00 p.m.; 10 February 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Pre-show event 45 minutes before each performance.
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity Street, near the Distillery District
A mid-winter cabaret to warm the soul.
From your candle-lit table in the historic Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, enjoy a glass of wine and Bach's raucous cantata followed by songs and poetry inspired by the night sky.
Our annual winter visit to the beautiful Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is one of the most popular and treasured events on our calendar. This season’s visit is a classic TMT pairing:
Sung in English and featuring some of Canada's leading performers, the boisterous The Peasant Cantata draws on the popular tunes of Bach's time, featuring a courting couple who are very much at home in the tavern where they sing lustily and celebrate. Love, sex, and complaining about taxes -- as popular in 1742 as they are today!
Following intermission, we present All the Diamonds, an intimate cabaret performance led by Patricia O'Callaghan and supported by a top-notch band. They will be performing songs from across the ages, including repertoire by Franz Schubert, Bruce Cockburn, and Hoagy Carmichael.
Classic and contemporary. Boisterous and contemplative. Formal and informal. A perfect evening with TMT.
Patricia O’Callaghan, soprano
Giles Tomkins, baritone
Marion Newman, mezzo soprano
Larry Beckwith, tenor and violin
Christopher Bagan, harpsichord and piano
Margaret Gay, cello
Kathleen Kajioka, viola
Sibylle Marquardt, transverse flute
Scott Wevers, natural horn
Who will be joined in the second half by:
Martin Julien, actor
Andrew Downing, double bass
John Gzowski, guitar
Ed Reifel, drums
Guillermo Silva-Marin, Directorial Consultant
Larry Beckwith, Music Director
Gabriel Cropley, Lighting
Lindsay Squire, Decor
What does Larry have to say?
"The Peasant Cantata has been on my bucket list for years and I’m thrilled that Trish and Giles will sing this great music in the warm and acoustically pristine Enoch Turner Schoolhouse. It will be tremendous fun. The second half of the evening features songs through the ages, with a special spotlight on some of Canada’s wonderful repertoire."