Presented by The Toronto Consort.

In the Middle Ages, a manuscript book was a precious possession, often lavishly illuminated and illustrated. Illuminations takes you inside these treasures, in an evening where music and imagery from some of the most fabulous Medieval and Persian manuscripts combine in a feast for eyes and ears. While spectacular images are projected onto a huge screen behind the ensemble, we perform otherworldly cantigas, trouvere songs, medieval dances and sacred motets, with special performances by master Persian percussionist Naghmeh Farahmand, Pejman Zahedian (voice and Persian Setar), and Demetri Petsalakis (Oud).

Since its founding in 1972, The Toronto Consort has become internationally recognized for its excellence in the performance of medieval, renaissance, and early baroque music. Led by Artistic Director David Fallis, nine of Canada’s leading early music specialists have come together to form The Toronto Consort, whose members include both singers and instrumentalists (lute, recorder, guitar, flute, early keyboards, and percussion).

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