An imaginative concert designed by Alison Mackay, creator of MetamorphosisChariots of FireThe Galileo Project. Includes stage direction, narration, and stunning projected images.

“…like a documentary film brought to life: high quality eye-candy and a guided trip through Europe rolled into one, for the price of a concert ticket” The Globe and Mail

“…much more than a concert … an experience that transcends its many components to create a special, all-encompassing experience that makes one forget time and place for two bliss-filled hours.”  The Toronto Star

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We would like to express our gratitude to the following people for lending their expertise and kind advice during the creation of House of Dreams:

Atom Egoyan

David Wistow  and Katharine Lochnan of the Art Gallery of Ontario

Brittani Harding and Opera  Bob’s for the kind loan of Ava, the sweetest dog in the world

Matthew  Hargraves of the Yale Centre for British Art

Wendell Wilson, author of The History of Mineral Collecting, Tucson 1994

Linda Braun and Alvin Ulrich of the Saskatchewan Flax Development Council

Thomas McGeary for advice on Handel’s art collection

Jean-françois Bédard for advice on the architecture of the Palais-Royal

The photographers who worked on the project: Andy Lepki in London, Dennis Verbruggen in Delft, Gert Mothes in Leipzig, and Raha Javanfar in Venice.

A special thank you is due to Elizabeth Ganiatsos, who made her stunning collection of personal photos of Venice available and spent days taking new shots for House of Dreams. Elizabeth is a musicologist, performer, educator and longtime Tafelmusik subscriber who has an intimate knowledge of the history and buildings of Venice, which she has captured in many of the images seen in the concert.


Below are program listings and notes from Tafelmusik’s performances of House of Dreams in Toronto in February 2012. These provide a sense of the concert as a whole, a list of sample repertoire, and background to the presentation. Excerpts may be used for press releases or marketing.

Note: The documents may not be used for house programs: presenters will be sent program material specific to their performances.

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The Golden ABC, Delft

The Golden ABC, Delft

Dennis Verbruggen


Press Reviews

Toronto Star Review

Feb 10, 2012