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 month ago
Talespin Book & CD: Monkey

We did it! Thanks to your AMAZING support, Talespin's musical book and CD, How Monkey Looked for Trouble, is 120 percent funded. We cannot wait to finish it up and launch it in style thanks to your ... See more

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Talespin- Musikalische Märchen für Gross und Klein

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Talespin- Musikalische Märchen für Gross und Klein

Schnell, vite vite vite !!! Nur mehr vier Tage Zeit, um euch das ideale, intelligente, hübsche, wunderbare Weihnachtsgeschenk, das ihr schon so lange sucht, zu sichern...

1 month ago

Diese Woche ist eure letzte Chance !! Unser Crowdfunding läuft nur mehr vier Tage, nach dieser Frist ist unser bestes Weihnachtsgeschenk aller Zeiten erst im neuen Jahr zu bekommen !! Mit anderen ... See more

2 months ago
Talespin Book & CD: Monkey

Just a week left! We are so thrilled to be funded and thriving:-) still looking for an amazing Christmas gift for kids and want to support local musicians and artists in the process? Check out the ... See more

2 months ago
Talespin Hörbuch: Affe

110 percent funded! This book and CD is happening, and with so much enthusiasm! Thanks once again! There are still 16 days left to pro-order the best darn Xmas gift a child (or adult) could ever ask ... See more

2 months ago

Wow, wir haben bereits 110% geschafft - danke für euren grandiosen Enthusiasmus für Talespins erstes Buch mit CD ! Wenn auch DU die einmalige Chance nützen willst und dem ... See more

2 months ago
Talespin Hörbuch: Affe

What what?? Talespin's first book in three languages for children is FUNDED!

In just a week YOU, our amzing supporters, gathered over 6000 euros for "How Monkey Looked for Trouble". We are humbled ... See more

2 months ago
Talespin Hörbuch: Affe

Holy crap! In just five days we have crowdfunded over 5,500 euros and are now a scant 300 euros from having our amazing book and CD, "How Monkey Looked for Trouble" published! If you still want a ... See more

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