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Toronto: Tafelmusik presents a fable for narrator and orchestra – “The Gull, the Raccoon and the Last Maple”

Friday, January 14, 2022

A contemporary fable for baroque orchestra and narrator, The Gull, the Raccoon, and the Last Maple pits two of Nature’s most persistent scavengers against each other as they engage in a battle of wits over the Last Maple and the last slip of dry land unclaimed by the encroaching floods. As the swirling waters rise and drenching storms threaten, the three must combine forces, harnessing their resourcefulness and adaptability—or perish.

The creative team behind The Last Maple includes music director Elisa Citterio, actress Amanda Cordner (Slo Pitch and Baroness Von Sketch Show), composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte (The Hockey Sweater), playwright Alexis Diamond, and director Jordan Laffrenier (Then They Fight Theatre).

Balancing wit, optimism, and pathos, Cordner and Tafelmusik offer a performance that will inspire you and your family to join the collective effort towards conserving the health of our planet.

This concert is available to stream from February 17 at 8pm ET to February 21, 2022 at 7:59pm ET.

The Gull, the Raccoon, and the Last Maple

Composed by Abigail Richardson-Schulte

Text and story by Alexis Diamond

Commissioned by Tafelmusik (2021)

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra directed by Elisa Citterio

Amanda Cordner, narrator

Jordan Laffrenier, stage director

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Photo: Scene from The Gull, the Raccoon and the Last Maple.