Online panel discussion and audience Q&A with
Torquil Campbell, Kate Helsen, and Reginald Mobley
Moderated by Raha Javanfar
Dec 2, 2020 at 7pm EST
Tafelmusik’s Tafel Talks online panel discussions return on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 7pm EST with Music as Resistance. Moderated by Raha Javanfar, the conversation will explore how music has given voice to resistance over the centuries, whether political, religious, social, or economic. Joining Javanfar for Music as Resistance are panelists Torquil Campbell, member of the band Stars and co-host of Soft Revolution podcast; Kate Helsen, Assistant Professor, Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario and member of Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; and Reginald Mobley, countertenor, director, and Programming Consultant for Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society.
Throughout history, music has been a means of expressing resistance against the status quo, either openly or covertly. From Bach’s struggles with Leipzig town councillors to prioritize art over ideology, to Billy Bragg and the Red Wedge movement in Thatcher-era England, and from cloistered 17th century nuns whose music challenged papal authority, to the rise of Black gospel music during the Civil Rights movement, music has done the heavy lifting when words alone failed.
At a time when the very act of performing live music can be seen as an act of resistance, our conversation explores music’s power to lift up, unite, and give voice to the oppressed and forgotten.
Space is limited and pricing is subject to change based on demand
Torquil Campbell, member of the band Stars; co-host of Soft Revolution podcast
Kate Helsen, Assistant Professor, Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario; member of Tafelmusik Chamber Choir
Reginald Mobley, countertenor; programming consultant for Handel and Haydn Society
Raha Javanfar, musician, theatre performer, creator, theatre lighting designer, and educator, currently teaching at Ryerson University
Date & Time: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 7pm EST
Ticket price: $15
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