A special series of talks and readings by renowned Torontonians; authors, musicians, critics, scholars, academics, and thinkers. With these monthly Salons we hope to ignite a discourse on how arts and culture enhance, enrich and deepen our humanity. Thus aiming to raise awareness of the School’s place in Toronto as a dance-arts education center and Parkdale hub for arts and culture.
Tickets are $50 and available at the door!
For our 3rd Salon, we welcome esteemed Canadian Conductor and Baroque specialist, Ivars Taurins
Jean Jacques Rousseau, in his dictionary of music, 1760, describes: “a Baroque music is that in which the harmony is confused, charged with modulation and dissonance, the melody is harsh…little is natural”.
Hardly how we would describe the energetic, tuneful, refreshing straight-forwardness of the music of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi that we hear every day in shopping malls, hotel lobbies, elevators, and restaurants, played to give us a sense of calm, or to give us that added spring in our step to help us through the chaotic, fast-forward world we live in.
And yet the Baroque movement in art, architecture and music, which began in the early 1600s, was a radical, emotionally-charged reaction to the Renaissance ideals of balance, harmony, and rationalism. The Renaissance movement had sought to engage the intellect. The Baroque aimed to overwhelm the senses and emotions. It was, in fact, the punk rock movement of its day.
Conductor and Baroque specialist Ivars Taurins takes you on a visual and aural journey through the exuberant, diverse and fascinating period known as the Baroque.