ARTISTS

TOM ALLEN

Most people who have listened to CBC Radio 1 or 2 will be familiar with the voice of Tom Allen. At the moment he is the host of Shift on CBC Radio 2. His programs are always filled with interesting facts about the selection, the composer or about our times. Tom is also known a host and consultant for symphony orchestras and smaller concerts, and as an author, a musician and broadcaster.

 

Together with his musical friends, Tom Allen has put together a series of concerts of chamber music and storytelling that have been presented at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Luminato Festival, Music Niagara, and the Soulpepper Global Cabaret Festival

 

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FROM WEIMAR TO VAUDEVILLE

 

Written by Tom Allen
Tom Allen – narration, trombone, voice
Kevin Fox – voice, cello, guitar
Lori Gemmell – harp, trumpet, piano, voice
Bryce Kulak – piano, voice, accordion
Patricia O’Callaghan – voice
Peter Gemmell – clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, soprano sax, persussion

 

From Weimar to Vaudeville is the story of two men, both sons of musical royalty. As America emerges from the Great Depression and Germany descends into darkness and chaos. Two musical princes, one rich, one poor, reach to each other across hardship and time as the world tilts again toward war.

 

Featuring music by Richard Strauss, Charlie Chaplin, Kurt Weill, Fletcher Henderson, Mozart, Brahms, and stunning original songs by the cast. Weimar to Vaudeville is Tom Allen’s vivid imagining of the 20s and 30s: dirty as ever and roaring loudly enough to be heard half-way ’round the world. Featuring Patricia O’Callaghan, Bryce Kulak, Kevin Fox, Lori Gemmell, Peter Gemmell and Tom Allen.

 

“I loved From Weimar to Vaudeville. I audibly gasped when I deduced what was coming.”
~ audience-member Andrew Davies after the first performance in Ottawa, July 2014

 

 
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THE JUDGMENT OF PARIS

 

Written by Tom Allen
Tom Allen – narration, trombone, voice
Kevin Fox – voice, cello, guitar
Lori Gemmell – harp, trumpet, piano, voice
Bryce Kulak – piano, voice, accordion
Patricia O’Callaghan – voice, piano, percussion

 

As the thunderclouds of the Great War pile up and burst, the musical revolutionary Claude Debussy and his one-time follower Maurice Ravel compete for the love of their proud, fickle, darling, Paris. The Judgment of Paris is a mix of cabaret, history and story-telling with timeless music by Debussy and Ravel, as well as original songs by the performers. It is new and old, heroic and tragic, history and fiction – and may the best composer win.

 

“…beautiful arrangements of works by both composers as well as evocative new compositions riffing on themes in their life and music.” – NOW Magazine

 

“They are an engaging company that is able to address the topics of love, war, history, art and beauty in such a way as to make light of them without being flip. I was entertained and moved as well as educated.” – Emily Hanlon, Ottawa Chamberfest

 

Running Time: 90 min. with Intermission.
1 hr. version available
Size of Company: 5

 

 

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bohemians

 

 

BOHEMIANS IN BROOKLYN

 

Written by Tom Allen
Tom Allen – narration & trombone
Lori Gemmell – harp
Bryce Kulak – piano & voice
Patricia O’Callaghan – voice

 

What happens when a poet, an author, a composer, his lover, and a book-loving stripper all move into the same house in quiet, wartime Brooklyn? Arguments, indulgence, infestation, questionable relationships of every description, a murder mystery, plenty of reasons for the neighbours to bang on the walls and, just possibly, some truly wonderful art. Join singers Patricia O’Callaghan and Bryce Kulak, harpist Lori Gemmell and storyteller Tom Allen for an evening in the house that once held WH Auden, Benjamin Britten, Carson McCullers and Gypsy Rose Lee – a potent mix of cabaret, social history, very juicy gossip, glorious music and all parts fun.

 

“Beautifully punctuated… brought the songs to vivid life.” – Now Magazine

 

Running Time: 90 min. with Intermission.
1 hr. version available
Size of Company: 4

 

 

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Tom Allen – Upcoming Performances

July 24-26/16 – Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion – Haliburton, ON  (Judgment of Paris)

Aug. 3-6/16 – Chester Playhouse – Chester, NS  (Bohemians in Brooklyn)

Aug. 7/16 – Kings Theatre – Annapolis Royal, NS  (Bohemians in Brooklyn)

Oct. 5 / 16 – Sarnia Imperial Theatre – Sarnia, ON  (Judgment of Paris)

Oct. 15/16 – Old Town Hall – Waterford, ON  (Bohemians in Brooklyn)

Oct. 16/16 – Gravenhurst Opera House – Gravenhurst, ON  (Bohemians in Brooklyn)

Nov. 12/16 – Bragg Creek Community Centre – Bragg Creek, AB  (From Weimar to Vaudeville)

Nov. 13/16 – Golden Civic Centre – Golden, BC  (From Weimar to Vaudeville)

Nov. 15/16 – Charles Bailey Theatre – Trail, BC  (From Weimar to Vaudeville)

Nov. 20/16 – Silver Spire United Church – St. Catharines, ON  (Bohemians in Brooklyn)

Jan. 29/17 – Child’s Auditorium – Deep River, ON (From Weimar to Vaudeville)

Feb. 5/17 – Burlington Performing Arts Centre – Burlington, ON (Judgment of Paris)

May 7/17 – RCA Mazzoleni Theatre – Toronto, ON  (Bohemians in Brooklyn)

 

 

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