UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, an internationally famous period-music ensemble, will return to Penn State with its latest multimedia production, “J. S. Bach: The Circle of Creation,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in Schwab Auditorium.
“The Circle of Creation,” created by Tafelmusik double bassist Alison Mackay, combines text, music and background imagery to explore the inner circle of artisans who assisted Bach through his creative process. The production recognizes the numerous papermakers, instrument craftsmen, string spinners and performers who helped Bach to realize his genius — all in a program featuring the German-born composer’s works performed by memory.
In an interview with arts critic James Strecker, Mackay described the audio-visual experience as enchanting and informational.
“We learn how Bach made his ink and began composing by ruling lines on a page with a five-pointed ‘rastrum’ to make manuscript paper,” she said. “We’ll see amazing footage of gut strings being made from sheep intestines and the inner workings of harpsichord jacks.”
In the hands of the orchestra, “Bach’s music feels more alive than ever,” wrote a critic for Toronto’s Globe and Mail.
For more information about the production, visit the Center for the Performing Arts online or call 814-863-0255.