Countdown to The Last Chaconne


I’ve been anticipating this week for a year and a half now. It always seemed so far in the distance and now it is here: the final Toronto Masque Theatre show: a culmination, in a way, of more than fifteen years of exhausting work and exhilarating fun. Saturday’s program will be filled to the brim with favourite passages from Baroque masques (Acis and Galatea, Venus and Adonis, King Arthur), TMT commissions (Mummers Masque, Lesson of Da Ji, Neruda Canciones, Orpheus and Eurydice), a brand new work – Andrew Downing’s The Springtime Is For Us! – and more than a few surprises.

As I look at the list of singers: Monica Whicher, Shannon Mercer, Vania Chan, Agnes Zsigovics, Laura Pudwell, Daniel Cabena, Lawrence Wiliford, Colin Ainsworth, Clarence Frazer, Alexander Dobson – I am full of excitement to get the party started!

I will write more this week as we get further into rehearsal and prepare for a grand celebration. My heart is already full with gratitude and affection for the many who have made Toronto Masque Theatre such a success and have valued and contributed to its work.

  • Larry Beckwith

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