Once Upon a Time… all the stories that we loved as children began this way. As adults, the dream of bringing the magic of these fairy tales to life remained and became the inspiration for Talespin, Musical Tales for Big and Small.
Talespin’s name comes from the 18th-century phrase „to spin a tale“. While working their spinning wheels, English women would invent, tell and retell stories to pass the time. In a similar way, Talespin brings fairy tales from around the world to the stage. With the help of a violin, a piano, and a narrator as well as beautiful illustrations, imaginative new artistic worlds are spun into existence.
This magical, musical picture book in concert has touched audiences around the world, from India to Canada. Based in Vienna, Austria, Talespin is enchanting for children, adolescents and adults alike.

Children age 4+

  • Zekeye and the Little Tune
  • Bukolla
  • How Monkey looked for Trouble

Adolescents age 9+

  • The Wise Daughter
  • Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves
  • Why the Parrot Repeats Human Words

Adults age 16+

  • The Wise Daughter
  • Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves
  • L’Histoire du Soldat
  • Why the Parrot Repeats Human Words

Artistic directors: Johanna Lacroix & Chanda VanderHart

Even as a child, Johanna was a big dreamer. Every day after school, during the tram ride home, she sat with her sister Rebecca, recounting, inventing and continuing stories with her. Every day at home, Johanna would draw illustrations to accompany her own stories, written in home-made books. At age nine she fell in love with the violin, which became her profession.
Today, Johanna plays with a variety of orchestras, working with renowned conductors including Adam Fischer, Marc Minkowski, Franz Welser-Möst, Manfred Honeck, Nicholas Milton, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Martin Haselböck, Nicolas Altstaedt and Alexander Lonqich.
To nurture her creative drive, she plays chamber music concerts featuring classical as well as modern compositions, develops interdisciplinary projects incorporating dance, literature, visual arts and song, and co-directs the concert series Ambitus-Gruppe für neue Musik.
Johanna lives with her family in Vienna. As a young mother, she particularly enjoys being able to pass along her love for music and story-telling to the next generation through Talespin.

Chanda was named after a Hindu goddess of the moon. Though her parents’ reasons for doing so remain a mystery, it is no wonder she loved stories; she spent hours of her childhood listening to them, reading them and creating them. After hearing “Peter and the Wolf” for the first time, she fell in love with the story-telling possibilities in music. She studied voice, violin, flute, piano, and oboe, but it was the piano which finally stuck.
After earning her Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music in New York, she studied Milan and Vienna, collecting three graduate degrees in vocal accompaniment and chamber music. She graduated summa cum laude with a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW) in 2016.
Chanda is on faculty at the MDW where she both lectures and works as a research assistant. She plays chamber music and art song concerts throughout Europe, Asia, and North America and is currently working on a book about lieder culture in 19th century Vienna. She regularly reviews concerts and opera productions for Bachtrack (www.Bachtrack.com) and is the co-founder of both the innovative concert series Mosaїque (www.mosaique.eu.com) and of Talespin.

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1 week ago

Talespin- Musikalische Märchen für Gross und Klein

We had such an amazing time with our talented friend Rima at the stunning Iraqi embassy this week! Looking forward to our collaborations and making #AliBaba together in the upcoming season! ...

1 week ago

Talespin- Musikalische Märchen für Gross und Klein

We had such an amazing time with our talented friend Rima at the stunning Iraqi embassy this week! Looking forward to our collaborations and making #AliBaba together in the upcoming season! ...

We had such an amazing time with our talented friend Rima at the stunning  Iraqi embassy this week! Looking forward to our collaborations and making #AliBaba together in the upcoming season!

Talespin has Vision! Thanks to Esther Planton for coaching us over the last two days and helping us reorganize, take stock and redefine our processes, work flow and vision 💜💜💜 ...

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Es war mir eine Freude mit euch an euren Ideen und Vorhaben zu arbeiten. Ein toller Start für die nächsten Schritte!

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