Tom Allen & Friends’ “A Poe Cabaret”
The CBC’s storytelling host Tom Allen teams up with the Garneau String Quartet and harpist Lori Gemmell in A Poe Cabaret, a “gothic, intense and beautiful experience” (says the Burlington Performing Arts Centre) which combines music with the fascinating and tragic life story of Edgar Allan Poe. The show was premiered at Toronto’s Luminato Festival and Ottawa Chamberfest, and has gone on to more performances in Toronto and Burlington to the following reviews:
Stage Door Editor claimed that it “was an engaging and stimulating entertainment no classical music lover should miss.”
The show revolves around three of Poe’s masterworks -- The Fall of the House of Usher, the cautionary quarantine epic The Masque of Red Death and his greatest success, and deepest heartbreak, The Raven -- set to haunting music by Debussy, Andre Caplet and Alexina Louie, and narrated by Tom.