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Tafel Talks: Music as Resistance

December 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm


December 2, 2020
7:00 pm
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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

Venue: Online

Box Office: 1 (833) 964-6337

Website: tafelmusik.org

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For media information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Luisa Trisi, Big Picture Communications (416) 456-0499 | luisa@luisatrisi.com
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1X7

High-resolution photos are available for download in the Media Room at tafelmusik.org.