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Performer: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Biography

Tafelmusik, Canada’s award-winning orchestra on period instruments, has become an internationally recognized ensemble lauded by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras.” Founded in 1979 by Kenneth Solway and Susan Graves, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra has been under the inspired leadership of Music Director Jeanne Lamon since 1981. With its artist-focused mandate and commitment to excellence and innovation, Tafelmusik is actively creating new contexts for the performance of baroque and classical music.

At the heart of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra is a group of seventeen remarkably talented, enthusiastic and dynamic permanent members, each of whom is a specialist in historical performance practice. Their collaboration results in a delightful transparency, vitality and richness of sound, which has garnered acclaim around the world. The musicians participate on many levels, whether as core members, soloists, or contributors to the exceptionally creative programming ideas that bring Tafelmusik concerts to life and make them fully relevant in a 21st-century context.

The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, specializing in baroque and classical performance practice and vocal technique, was formed in 1981 to complement the orchestra. Under the direction of Ivars Taurins, the choir was awarded the Healey Willan Prize in 1991 and has been described as “the best period-performance choir anywhere in the world” (The Globe and Mail).

In January 2012, Tafelmusik launched its own independent label, Tafelmusik Media, which encompasses new digital, live performance, studio CD and DVD recordings, and re-releases of previous Tafelmusik recordings from SONY Classical and CBC Records.

Working towards its vision of becoming an international centre of musical excellence, Tafelmusik has invested much energy and many resources into ongoing music education and outreach programs for music-lovers of all ages. In 2002, the orchestra and choir founded the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (TBSI). Building on the success of TBSI, in January 2013, Tafelmusik launched the Tafelmusik Winter Institute, a week-long specialized institute for advanced students and professional players of baroque string and continuo instruments. Tafelmusik's vision for music education also includes a programme for students in grades 6 through 12 featuring free outreach concerts, a musician-in-the-classroom programme, multi-disciplinary projects with area schools, and education events on tour including university residencies, children’s concerts and school visits.

For more information, visit the Tafelmusik website.

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State CollegeTafelmusik US Tour: Tales of Two Cities, The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House

Telemann, Traditional Arabic, Monteverdi, Lully, Handel, Torelli, Bach
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Unknown; Trio Arabica

BoulderTafelmusik US Tour: Tales of Two Cities, The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House

Telemann, Traditional Arabic, Monteverdi, Lully, Handel, Torelli, Bach
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Unknown; Trio Arabica

DenverTafelmusik US Tour: Tales of Two Cities, The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House, presented by Denver Friends of Chamber Music

Telemann, Traditional Arabic, Monteverdi, Lully, Handel, Torelli, Bach
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Unknown; Trio Arabica

StanfordTafelmusik US Tour: Tales of Two Cities, The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House, presented by StanfordLive

Telemann, Traditional Arabic, Monteverdi, Lully, Handel, Torelli, Bach
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Unknown; Trio Arabica

Santa BarbaraTafelmusik US Tour: Tales of Two Cities, The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House, presented by CAMA

Telemann, Traditional Arabic, Monteverdi, Lully, Handel, Torelli, Bach
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Unknown; Trio Arabica
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A celebration of French Baroque opera-ballet at Versailles

Edward Tracz (Actéon) © Bruce Zinger
Opera Atelier presents a double bill at the Royal Opera in Versailles filled with Baroque dancing, scenery and music.
***11
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Tafelmusik: House of Dreams

Tafelmusik © Sian Richards
Bringing together disparate art forms is no easy task, as Tafelmusik's latest concert House of Dreams sadly proves. 
**111
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High-concept Handel can't obscure spectacular singing

Wallis Giunta (Bradamante) and Allyson McHardy (Ruggiero) © Bruce Zinger
Opera Atelier’s latest production mixes traditional-specific touches the company is known for, and more high-concept inclusions. The results are mixed — but the singing is spectacular.
**111
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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra performs Beethoven in Toronto to a standing ovation

Bruno Weil
Ludwig van Beethoven once said: “Tones sound, and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes.” On 19 September, 2013, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra performed three works by the late Classical and early Romantic composer: the overture to Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, and his first two symphonies.
*****
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Joy and serenity flow from Mark Morris Dance Group in Toronto's Sony Centre at Luminato

Mark Morris Dance Group  ©  David Leyes
As Handel made music of John Milton’s poems L’Allegro and il Penseroso , Mark Morris made Handel’s music dance. The 32 scenes of Morris’ ballet breathe with inspiration of figures and designs from watercolours William Blake did for an edition of Milton’s poems.
*****
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