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Tafelmusik to Launch 2021/22 Season with MUSIC & MAGIC

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Music & Magic premieres online on October 28, 2021, at 8pm EDT

Tafelmusik to Launch 2021/22 Season with MUSIC & MAGIC

Tafelmusik will launche its 2021/22 season with Music & Magic, a mesmerizing digital show that blends two captivating art forms to create a world of illusion and enchantment. Conceived and programmed by Tafelmusik oboist and visual artist Marco Cera, who co-scripted the show with award-winning magician Nicholas Wallace (America's Got Talent, Penn and Teller: Fool Us, Houdini & Doyle's World of Wonders), the film features music by Bach, Handel, Purcell, and Vivaldi, and includes compelling magic vignettes by Wallace and a performance by contortionist Quinten Melo. Stage direction is by magician and digital media producer Ryan Joyce. Music & Magic premieres online on October 28, 2021, at 8pm EDT. On demand access for 12 months via Digital Pass and limited access for up to one week with single tickets are available at tafelmusik.org. Tafelmusik is pleased to share that BMO is the 2021/22 Season Presenting Sponsor.

Inspired by his lifelong fascination with magicians, Cera first made the connection between music and magic in 2018 while doing research for his Tafelmusik multimedia program, The Harlequin Salon. "Musicians and magicians may use different tools to create their art, but for both, the goal is to delight, spark our imaginations, and create startling moments of intense emotion," says Cera.

Music & Magic delves into the world of 18th-century English conjurer Isaac Fawkes, a contemporary of Handel. The first magician to take his act from the streets of London to the stage, Fawkes performed before King George II at the Haymarket Theatre - the same venue where Handel presented his operas for royalty and the public alike.

One of the trends to emerge from the pandemic is the huge popularity of online magic shows, which have attracted new audiences "in a way not seen since the 'Golden Age of Magic' in the 1920s, when stars like Dante, Thurston, Carter the Great, Dai Vernon, and most of all, Harry Houdini, were household names" (Forbes).

"The pandemic has shaken confidence in our fundamental assumptions about how daily life is supposed to unfold," says Wallace. "A magic show is a safe place to play with those assumptions. It's a tacit agreement that an audience and a magician make: you know this isn't real, and I know this isn't real, but let's just play for the next 30 minutes - unlike in the real world, where it's not a good feeling to have your assumptions rocked."

As part of the process of creative collaboration, Cera and Wallace explored parallels between the two art forms, including the manual dexterity required to master both musical instruments and sleight of hand, the discipline that is fundamental to the art of creating illusions; the inherent perfectionism and many hours of practising required to make the most difficult sequences or passages appear effortless; and the ability to create authentic moments of awe and wonder that arouse the senses.

Program:
Henry Purcell Excerpts from The Fairy Queen
Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for violin in E Major: Spring (from The Four Seasons)
G.F. Handel Aria "What passion cannot music raise" from Ode for St Cecilia's Day (arranged)
J. S. Bach Andante, from Sonata for solo violin in A Minor
G.F. Handel Overtures to Flavio & Ode for St. Cecilia's Day

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