Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Trio Arabica

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One of the world's top Baroque orchestras, Tafelmusik, will explore the rich musical history of 18th-century Leipzig and Damascus, reimagining the coffee houses where the finest musicians of the time played. Trio Arabica joins Tafelmusik to perform music from Handel and Telemann to traditional Arabic song in a celebration of music, words, and images of 18th century culture in two fascinating cities.

“Tales of Two Cities” is presented as a part of Friends of Chamber Music’s 65th season on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Gates Concert hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver.

Tickets: Single tickets are available at friendsofchambermusic.com or by calling the Newman Center Box Office at 303-871-7720. $50 for adults; $10 for ages 30 and under.

Trio Arabica: Trio Arabica (also known as Al Qahwa Ensemble) features Maryem Tollar on vocals, qanun and percussion; Demetri Petsalakis on oud; and Naghmeh Farahmand on percussion. They perform traditional songs from Arabic classical and popular repertoire, including folk songs from Syria, Egypt, and Iraq, and songs from the Muwashah tradition, where devotional poetry is set to exquisite melodies and hypnotic rhythms which Maryem learned in Aleppo, Syria.

Tafelmusik: Renowned for its dynamic, engaging, and soulful performances, Tafelmusik is one of the world’s leading period-instrument ensembles, performing on instruments and in styles appropriate for the era of the music. Tafelmusik seeks to transport audiences to the Baroque and Classical periods through adventurous cross-cultural collaborations. Last season Tafelmusik welcomed Elisa Citterio as Music Director, only the second Music Director in their history, replacing Music Director Emerita Jeanne Lamon. As Canada’s most widely travelled orchestra, Tafelmusik has performed in over 350 cities in 32 countries. Proudly based in Toronto, Tafelmusik performs some 80 concerts each year for a loyal and enthusiastic audience in diverse venues across the city.

About Friends of Chamber Music: Friends of Chamber Music is the premier presenter of chamber music and soloists in the Denver area, annually offering a series of concerts including string quartets, piano trios, soloists, and mixed ensembles. Artists and ensembles are the finest available on the international concert scene. Friends of Chamber Music is also committed to educational outreach, engaging visiting and local artists to provide in-school performances, residencies, and master classes presented primarily for students in Denver Public Schools.

Event Date
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Event time
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Cost / donation
$50; $10 for ages 30 and under
Myra Rich


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