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Friday, November 26, 2010

Christina Petrowska Quilico Remembers Ann Southam

Photo: (l. to r.) Christina Petrowska Quilico, Ann Southam










CHRISTINA PETROWSKA QUILICO REMEMBERS ANN SOUTHAM

AS SHE PREPARES TO RECORD GLASS HOUSES REVISITED

The music of Canadian composer Ann Southam, who died Thursday, November 25, looms large in the recordings and live performances of pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico.

The two were close friends and collaborators for almost 30 years, with Petrowska Quilico having recorded Southam’s complete cycles, Rivers (2005) and Pond Life (2008) – both on Centrediscs. In two weeks, she plans to record a third major collection, Glass Houses Revisited, also for Centrediscs, and was working closely with the composer.

“The last time I saw Ann,” said Petrowska Quilico, “was on November 14, when I visited her and played the nine Glass Houses selections that I had chosen to record.” The next day, Southam had e-mailed her enthusiastic response:

“I'm still blown away by the way you play Glass Houses. They're your pieces, for sure!!! Not long after you left I listened to all of Pond Life, and it was a great pleasure.”

Although Southam insisted that Petrowska Quilico be credited as “co-creator” ofGlass Houses Revisited, Petrowska Quilico prefers to think of herself as “editor and reviser”. Southam had revised the 15 pieces of the cycle for Petrowska Quilico, who then chose nine and herself edited and revised them in the past two months.

Petrowska Quilico commented on the complexity of the scores: “The score is made up of patterns, numbers and melodies, and I had to make sure they came out right. They are fiendishly difficult, especially at the tempo. You need to count each pattern. Each hand plays a different pattern with a different meter. Ann wrote how she wanted them to end, but I had to work things out to ensure the correct number of repetitions.

“What made working with Ann special was her trust in me,” Petrowska Quilico summed up. On October 11, she emailed me regarding my changes to her score, saying, ‘I trust your musical judgment completely.’”

Recording Glass Houses Revisited will be a bittersweet experience for Petrowska Quilico: “I’m so used to having Ann in the recording studio, jumping up and down, and cheering me on. I will have to imagine she is there.”

The CD launch concert is scheduled for March 17 at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio.

In 2009, Petrowska Quilico was invited to perform Glass Houses #5 at a special concert at the National Arts Centre honoring the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Music Centre. The performance was included in La Scena Musicale’s Top 10 list for 2009, as was her Pond Life recital in the Toronto Star.

Petrowska Quilico has previously recorded Glass Houses #5 on her CDs Ings(Welspringe) and Northern Sirens (York Fine Arts. Her other Southam recordings appear on her CDs Mystic Streams (Welspringe), and Virtuoso Piano Music of Our Own Time (JLH).

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Echo Women's Choir "Gardens of Song" on December 12

Includes inventive hymns with words by Margaret Atwood

ECHO WOMEN’S CHOIR’S “GARDENS OF SONG” YIELD

A SPLENDID VARIETY OF MUSIC, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12

Echo Women’s Coir offers a bounty of splendid music in its concert, Gardens of Song, Sunday, December 12, 7 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square (behind the Eaton Centre/wheelchair accessible). Becca Whitla and Alan Gasser conduct, with Deanna Yerichuk as guest conductor. Whitla is also featured on piano.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $8 for un(der)waged. For information, call (416) 588-9050, ext. 3, visitwww.echowomenschoir.ca or e-mail info.echo@gmail.com.

The vibrant 80-member choir will perform earth-inspired settings by U.S. singer-songwriter composer Orville Stoeber to a pair of Margaret Atwood hymns from The Year of the Flood. Echo drew cheers when the choir sang them at the opening of the Planet in Focus festival. Choir member Jennifer Foster will accompany on guitar. The choir also performs a further collection of Atwood hymns, set to traditional tunes.

Messages of freedom are conveyed in two South African songs in their original languages, and You Will be Free, a composition by Alan Gasser set the words of Desmond Tutu from a 1990 speech on the Osnaburgh Reserve in northwestern Ontario, during the Oka crisis.

The heartache of unhappy love is captured in Three Appalachian Love Songs, as sung by Jean Ritchie, and arranged by Becca Whitla.

Indie singer-songwriter Jennifer Foster – known as Jennifer LFO – has provided Echo with an original song on the Gardens theme. She also arranged Women of the World (by Linda Hirst and Jim O’Rourke) into a cheerful anthem that Echo sings with gusto!

Foster’s Juno CD, Songs From the Alien Beacon, which she co-produced, received a Juno nomination for producer of the year (producer Michael Phllip Wojewoda).

ECHO acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council.


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pax Christi Chorale's Second Annual "The Children's Messiah on Dec. 11

Join Pax Christi Chorale for the Second Annual „The Children’s Messiah”

TORONTO – November 24, 2010 -- Under the direction of Stephanie Martin, Pax Christi Chorale is one of Canada’s leading oratorio choirs, praised by our guest soloists, musicians and audience members alike for the choir’s sincere and passionate performances. Pax Christi Chorale joined forces last year with Stephanie Martin’s other choir, the Gallery Choir at the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, to launch a new outreach initiative, “The Children’s Messiah”. This is a performance of Handel’s Messiah designed with children and youth in mind. It is one hour in length and is narrated by Father David Harrison from the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene. All orchestra musicians, soloists and choristers donate their time and talent and admission is free for children and youth and pay-what-you-can for adults. We are pleased to present the second annual performance of this concert with a stellar line-up of soloists. We hope you can join us!

Listing information

The Children's Messiah

Saturday, December 11, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, 477 Manning Ave, Toronto

Pay-what-you-can at the door

Soloists include soprano Eve-Lyn de la Haye, mezzo-soprano Leigh-Anne Martin,

tenor Michael Loewen and baritone Benjamin Covey

Join Conductor Stephanie Martin and members of Pax Christi Chorale and the Gallery Choir of the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene for our second annual "The Children's Messiah" concert, designed especially for the younger crowd. We encourage you to bring children to hear Messiah in all its glory in this casual setting.

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Pax Christi Chorale Performs Bach Christmas Oratorio with Guest Conductor Howard Dyck

Pax Christi Chorale Performs Bach Christmas Oratorio

with Guest Conductor Howard Dyck

TORONTO – November 24, 2010 -- Under the direction of Stephanie Martin, Pax Christi Chorale is one of Canada’s leading oratorio choirs, praised by our guest soloists, musicians and audience members alike for the choir’s sincere and passionate performances. In 2009, we welcomed the Pax Christi Youth Choir to our ‘family of choirs’, led by Lynn Janes. These exceptional young choristers have enriched our musical experience and that of our audience and we look forward to our second season together!

Stephanie Martin will be on leave during the 2010-2011 season, and in her absence, we will be joined by a stellar line-up of guest conductors.

Listing information

Christmas Splendour II

Saturday, December 4, 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 5, 3:00 pm

Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd, Toronto

Tickets: $30 / 25 / 22 / 5 (children under 12) For tickets, call

(416) 491-8542

Guest conductor Howard Dyck; Pax Christi Youth Choir Conductor Lynn Janes

Soprano Agnes Zsigovics, mezzo-soprano Iasmina Pataca,

tenor Cory Knight and baritone Matthew Zadow

Pax Christi Chorale's friend and much-loved conductor Howard Dyck will join Pax Christi Chorale and the Pax

Christi Youth Choir on December 4th and 5th for two performances of parts I and VI of Bach's magnificent Christmas Oratorio and Bach's Cantata 140, "Wachet Auf". Christmas motets by Darke, Rutter and others will complete the program.

For biographical information about Howard Dyck and our soloists, please see pages 2-5.

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Howard Dyck is the founding Artistic Director and Conductor of Consort Caritatis as well as Artistic Director Emeritus of the Grand Philharmonic Choir (Kitchener-Waterloo) and Conductor Emeritus of the Bach Elgar Choir (Hamilton). Mr. Dyck is known across Canada as the former programme host of Choral Concert and Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on CBC Radio.

Howard Dyck’s international conducting career has taken him to seventeen countries on three continents where he has conducted, among others, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir of Vienna, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra (Salzburg), the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Obretenov Choir (Bulgaria), the Bach Collegium Stuttgart and Gaechinger Kantorei (Germany), the Kunming Symphony Orchestra (China), the State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg (Russia), and the Orquestra Do Norte (Portugal).

His discography includes: Bach – Missa Brevis in g; Handel – Messiah Highlights (SONY Classical); Verdi – Requiem; Beethoven – Missa Solemnis (EMI); Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem. Under Howard Dyck’s direction, the Grand Philharmonic Choir and Consort Caritatis have been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio and Television as well as on Vision TV and throughout the People’s Republic of China.

Singers of international distinction who have performed under Howard Dyck’s baton include: Sondra Radvanovsky, Nathalie Paulin, Measha Brueggergosman, Suzie Leblanc, Laura Whalen, Karina Gauvin, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Maureen Forrester, Catherine Robbin, Susan Platts, Ben Heppner, Richard Margison, Paul Frey, Michael Schade, Gary Relyea, Russell Braun, Phillip Ens, James Westman, Brett Polegato, and Nathan Berg.

Educated in Canada, the United States and Germany, Howard Dyck has received numerous honours for his contributions to musical culture, both nationally and internationally. Listed in Canadian Who’s Who, he holds honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an Honorary Professor of Music at the Yunnan Arts Institute (Kunming, China). He has received the Distinguished Service Award from both the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors and Choirs Ontario. Howard Dyck is a member of the Order of Canada, and a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

Young Canadian soprano Agnes Zsigovics, "whose crystal-clear singing and musical manner are everything that one could ask of a Bach soprano" (Ottawa Citizen, 2008) appears with leading orchestras and choirs across Canada.

A master's graduate of the University of Toronto, Ms. Zsigovics has toured internationally, singing in Europe and South America. She made her debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Bach's St. John Passion under the direction of Maestro Helmuth Rilling in 2007.

The Sony Classical/BMG CD: The Voice of Bach on which Ms. Zsigovics appears in duet with Daniel Taylor was nominated for a Juno award in 2009. She also appears on The Ottawa Bach Choir's most recent CD entitled Jesu meine Freude, which was given the following review: “Soprano Agnes Zsigovics owns a limpid, emotionally naked instrument; her exquisite Den Tod duet with Taylor in the first cantata just about reduced me to tears."(American Record Guide, July/August 2009)

She has also recently performed Bach's St. John Passion with the Toronto Bach Consort under the direction of Yannick Nezet-Seguin and Handel's Dixit Dominus and Salve Regina with the Toronto Chamber Choir under the direction of Mark Vourinen.

Some other of her most recent engagements include Bach's Mass in B minor with the Cellar Singers, Charptentier's Messe de Minuit and Bach's Mass in A major with the Ottawa Bach Choir, as well as Mendelssohn's Lobgesang with the Grand Philharmonic Choir.

Born in the beautiful town of Timisoara, Romania, mezzo-soprano Iasmina Pataca has completed her Hons B Mus in Voice Performance at The West University of Timisoara after 16 years of studying piano and a Diploma in Piano Performance. She also holds an Opera Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Performances from the past seasons include Imant Raminsh’s Magnificat, All-Night Vigil by Serghei Rachmaninoff and Duruflé’s Requiem with The Grand Philharmonic Choir conducted by Howard Dyck, and Mozart’s Requiem with Wilfrid Laurier Symphony Orchestra and Choir. With Bach-Elgar Choir she performed Vesperae solennes de Dominica K321 by W. A. Mozart, Missa in honorem Sanctae Ursulae by J. M. Haydn and Mass in A flat by F. Schubert. With London Orchestra conducted by Maestro Timothy Vernon she performed Bach Cantatas No. 80, 110, 159. On the opera stage, Iasmina sang the role of La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica by Puccini, the role of Mrs. Olsen in Kurt Weill’s Street scene, the role of Rosina in The Barber of Seville in Toronto Summer Music Festival and recently the role of Cindarella in La Cenerentola by Rossini with Opera Nuova. Iasmina is a laureate of the Orchestre de Montreal Competition and the winner of the 2009 Rose Bowl London.

Iasmina holds a Master Degree from the University of Western Ontario and she resides in Kitchener with her beloved husband and their 2 sons.

Described as the quintessential light lyric tenor (Opera Canada), tenor Cory Knight most recently returned from Germany where he was studying at the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart under the direction of Maestro Helmuth Rilling.

A versatile artist, Mr. Knight has been seen in such roles as Lucano and Telemaco in Monteverdi’s L’INCORNAZIONE DI POPPEA and IL RITORNO D’UILISSE IN PATRIA respectively, Aeneas in Purcell’s DIDO AND AENEAS, Count Almaviva in Rossini’s IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Gastone in Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, Lysander in Britten’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and Charlie in Weil’s MAHOGONNY SONGSPIEL. As a frequent performer of concert works he has sung several of Bach's cantatas, ST. JOHN PASSION and MASS IN B MINOR, Handel's MESSIAH, Mendelssohn's HYMN OF PRAISE, and Orff's CARMINA BURANA.

Mr. Knight has worked with such groups as Chorus Niagara, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Atelier, Orchestra London Canada, Tapestry New Opera, Toronto Chamber Choir, and Toronto Classical Singers.

Highlights for the 2010/2011 season include Bach's CHRISTMAS ORATORIO with Pax Christi Chorale, Handel's Messiah with Mississauga Choral Society, and Mozart's REQUIUM with Toronto Classical Singers.

A graduate of the Glenn Gould School and York University, Mr. Knight has also studied at the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro, Italy under the direction of Maestro Alberto Zedda.

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Canadian baritone Matthew Zadow, graduate of Queen’s University and protégé of baritone Bruce Kelly, is fast developing an international singing career. Since moving to Brussels, he has debuted in Belgium, Ireland and Holland while maintaining his Canadian career in recital, oratorio and on stage.

His recent opera roles include “Almaviva” (Le Nozze di Figaro), "Dancaïre” and “Morales” (Carmen), “Baron Douphol” (La Traviata), and “Cristiano” and “Il Giudice” in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera. Contemporary opera roles include “Fellowship" (The Summoning of Everyman), "Hans Scholl" (Die Weiße Rose), and “Ben” (Night-Blooming Cereus) and he created of the role of "Jack Worthing" in The Importance of Being Earnest for Stratford Summer Music. Matthew appears on the Naxos CD release of Rameau’s Castor et Pollux and Toreador Records’ art song release Magic Breath. Operetta roles of note include “Danilo” (The Merry Widow), "Bob Beckett" (H.M.S. Pinafore) and "Pish-Tush" (Mikado).

Concert works include Messiah, the Brahms, Mozart, Fauré, and Duruflé Requiem masses, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, and Mendelssohn's Elijah, Bach's solo cantata Ich will den Kreutzstab gerne tragen, Magnificat, Mass in B-minor, and Himmelfahrts-Oratorium, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, Elgar’s Coronation Ode, and most recently Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium and Johannes-Passion. He also has debuted in Holland and Belgium with the Flemish ensemble BL!NDMAN in concert performances of contemporary music.

Matthew’s 2010-2011 season begins with a BL!NDMAN performance for the Festival of Flanders in Ghent in September, a Belgium/Luxembourg tour of the music of César Franck including the Messe à trois voix, and Bach’s Hunting Cantata in Antwerp’s Sint-Carolus Borromeuskerk with the Flanders Baroque Academy in October. In November he presents a concert celebrating the 1944 liberation of Merksem by Canadian forces, followed by a tour of the Côte d'Azur, including opera recitals in Menton and Monte Carlo, before returning to Canada for Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium in December. In 2011 he gives another BL!NDMAN performance at Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw aant’IJ

in February, performs Messiah in Bornem and Willebroek in April 2011, and in May sings a Canadian tour of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin with the American pianist Dina Namer.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Tafelmusik's Sing-Along Messiah to be telecast on Bravo! Monday December 6 at 9 pm ET


For immediate release: November 22, 2010

Hallelujah!

Tafelmusik’s Sing-Along Messiah featured in

Bravo! television broadcast premiere,

Monday December 6 at 9 pm ET

with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Directed by Maestro Handel (aka Chamber Choir Director Ivars Taurins)

Featuring

Suzie LeBlanc, soprano

Daniel Taylor, countertenor

Rufus Müller, tenor

Locky Chung, baritone

Website: www.tafelmusik.org / www.facebook.com/tafelmusik.org

Toronto, Canada … On December 6 at 9 pm ET on Bravo!, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir will be featured in the premiere television broadcast of its popular annual Sing-Along Messiah, produced by 90th Parallel Productions. This historic television event was recorded live last January at the critically acclaimed Koerner Hall, and is produced by Gordon Henderson and Stuart Coxe and directed by Dave Russell. The broadcast complements Tafelmusik’s four live performances of Handel’s Messiah from December 15th to 18th in the intimate and enchanting setting of Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, and a performance of Sing-Along Messiah on Sunday December 19th at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall.

Resplendent in his powdered wig and 18th-century garb, Maestro Handel (aka Chamber Choir Director Ivars Taurins) makes his television debut leading Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, a stellar cast of soloists — sopranoSuzie LeBlanc, countertenor Daniel Taylor, tenor Rufus Müller, and baritone Locky Chung — and a mass audience choir made up of more than 1000 Tafelmusik fans as they perform highlights of Handel's baroque masterpiece.

A Toronto tradition beloved by thousands, Tafelmusik’s annual Sing-Along Messiah has become a cherished family ritual for many Torontonians over the past 23 years. Toronto’s largest sing-along event, Tafelmusik’s Sing-Along Messiahsells out every year, and participants are moved by the experience of joining their voices with hundreds of others to make music.

Tafelmusik’s Managing Director Tricia Baldwin says, “This partnership with 90th Parallel Productions and Bravo! is amazing. For years, thousands of people have flocked to our live performances of Sing-Along Messiah, and to capture this on film for a television audience across the country is very exciting for Tafelmusik’s Choir Director Ivars Taurins and our orchestra and choir. It was an honour to be approached by 90th Parallel Productions, one of Canada’s top documentary producers, to do this project. Gordon Henderson’s commitment to excellence in all aspects of this film is inspiring.”

Executive Producer Gordon Henderson founded 90th Parallel Productions — now one of Canada’s busiest high-end documentary production companies — in 1987. Henderson has directed, written and produced hundreds of documentaries and current affairs programs over the past three and half decades. From 2002 to 2008, Henderson sat on the Tafelmusik Board of Directors and is past President of the Board for Dixon Hall. He currently sits on the Board for Opera Atelier. Henderson remarks, "As a long-time fan and supporter of Tafelmusik I am thrilled to bring this unique and glorious performance to television. We hope this will be a wonderful addition to Bravo! holiday programming for years to come."

Producer Stuart Coxe has more than two decades of experience in news, documentary and current affairs programming. He has launched four series currently airing on CBC TV including the Canadian version of Dragon’s Den, which won the 2009 Gemini Award for Best Reality Show. Coxe’s documentaries have twice been nominated for the national Donald Brittain Award for feature documentary of the year.

Director Dave Russell has more than 25 years of music television experience. A JUNO Award nominee and four-time Gemini nominee, he has won two Gemini Awards for the 2004 and 2006 MuchMusic Video Awards. He is best known for his work on Spectacle: Elvis Costello with …, as well as his work with an extensive list of top artists including U2, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Sting, David Bowie, Elton John, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall, among many others.

Tafelmusik’s other film/television projects include the upcoming The Galileo Project DVD (producer: Gordon Henderson, 90th Parallel); as well as The Galileo Project short films (producer: Dave New, co-produced with The Banff Centre); a live performance of Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 (producer: Nick de Pencier); The Four Seasons Mosaic (producer: Media Headquarters); Le Mozart Noir (producer: Media Headquarters), and Dido and Aeneas (Rhombus Media).

Inspired by the fierce loyalty audiences have for Handel’s famous oratorio, Tafelmusik has just launched its second annual Sing-Along Messiah Video Contest at www.tafelmusik.org. Fans are invited to show the world their finest Sing-Along voices by recording their best rendition of a favourite Messiah excerpt in a two-minute video that will be viewable worldwide. Viewers will vote for their favourite video, and the Grand Prize will be awarded to the video with the most votes. Link to Sing-Along Messiah video contest details on Tafelmusik’s homepage at www.tafelmusik.org

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Tafelmusik recording supporters:

Tafelmusik Season Presenting Sponsor:

Tafelmusik gratefully acknowledges the support of its partners in government:

Tafelmusik’s Season Radio Sponsor is The New CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.

Tafelmusik’s Face the Musik programme is supported by

TD Bank Group

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon and founded in 1979, is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. All members of the Orchestra are specialists in historical performance practice, and their collaboration results in a delightful transparency, vitality and richness of sound. Tafelmusik performs over 50 concerts a year at home in Toronto, tours extensively around the world, has released over 75 CDs and has received nine JUNO Awards. In 2005, Tafelmusik received a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and operates its annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute which attracts pre-professional and professional musicians from around the world. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, specializing in baroque performance practice and vocal technique, was founded in 1981 by Ivars Taurins to complement the Orchestra. Tafelmusik made its sold-out Carnegie Hall debut in February, 2009. This season, Tafelmusik embarks on major tours to Europe, Asia, Ontario and Western Canada and will be featured in a television broadcast of Sing-Along Messiah on Bravo! on December 6 at 9 PM ET.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tafelmusik Announces Baroque Mentors


For immediate release: November 11, 2010

Tafelmusik announces Baroque Mentors

Training Programmes for Emerging Artists

Toronto (Canada) … It is with great pride that Tafelmusik launches the first season ofBaroque Mentors training programmes for emerging artists. Baroque Mentors is a year-long series of masterclasses in Toronto and residencies in universities across Canada, which enhance Tafelmusik’s vision to be a centre of musical excellence for generations to come. Baroque Mentors programmes allow emerging artists to learn directly from Tafelmusik musicians and distinguished guest artists, including sopranoJohannette Zomer (Holland), soprano Dorothee Mields (Germany), tenor Charles Daniels (England), baritone Peter Harvey (England), fortepianist Richard Egarr(England) and violinist Stefano Montanari (Italy).

Among the Baroque Mentors activities offered in 2010-11 are masterclasses and residencies at the University of Toronto, University of Windsor, University of Western Ontario, Wilfrid Laurier University, and University of Victoria.

Many of the students reached through Baroque Mentors are being introduced to period performance for the first time, while experienced period players or singers are able to access training at the highest level by the leading teachers in the field.

Tafelmusik Guest Artist Masterclasses take place at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre and are open to the public. Admission is $10.00 at the door. For inquiries about the public masterclasses, email mentors@tafelmusik.org or call Stephanie Miletic, Artistic Administration & Education Manager 416.964.9562 x 241. The scheduled masterclasses for the 2010-11 season include:

November 13, 2010 Johannette Zomer (soprano) & Peter Harvey (baritone)

November 27, 2010 Richard Egarr (fortepiano)

February 12, 2011 Dorothee Mields (soprano) & Charles Daniels (tenor)

May 14, 2011 Stefano Montanari (violin)

For more information about Tafelmusik Artist Training and Education programmes, visitwww.tafelmusik.org.

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Tafelmusik Season Presenting Sponsor:

Tafelmusik’s Baroque Mentors Programme is generously supported by the RBC Foundation

Tafelmusik gratefully acknowledges the support of its partners in government:

Tafelmusik’s Season Radio Sponsor is The New CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.

Tafelmusik’s Face the Musik programme is supported by

TD Bank Group

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon and founded in 1979, is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. All members of the Orchestra are specialists in historical performance practice, and their collaboration results in a delightful transparency, vitality and richness of sound. Tafelmusik performs over 50 concerts a year at home in Toronto, tours extensively around the world, has released over 75 CDs and has received nine JUNO Awards. In 2005, Tafelmusik received a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and operates its annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute which attracts pre-professional and professional musicians from around the world. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, specializing in baroque performance practice and vocal technique, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. Tafelmusik made its sold-out Carnegie Hall debut in February, 2009. This season, Tafelmusik embarks on major tours to Europe, Asia, Ontario and Western Canada and will be featured in a television broadcast of Sing-Along Messiah on Bravo! on December 6 at 9 PM EST.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Austrian Cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl Plays in New York

FRIEDRICH KLEINHAPL AUSTRIAN CELLIST PLAYS 3 NEW YORK CONCERTS

WITH PIANIST ANDREAS WOYKE

- WORKS BY ZEMLINSKY, SCHNITTKE, GULDA, BEETHOVEN AND RACHMANINOFF -

TOWN HALL DEBUT DECEMBER 12, DOWNTOWN MUSIC AT GRACE CHURCH IN WHITE PLAINS

DECEMBER 11, AUSTRIAN CULTURAL FORUM DECEMBER 13

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT HELEN KAMIONER: CCONARTS@AOL.COM

From Vienna to Caracas, to New York to Rome, Austrian Cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl has thrilled audiences and critics around the world with his passionate, compelling approach to music making. Friedemann Leipold, of Bayern 4 Klassik Radio, Germany, praised this provocative artist saying: “Friedrich Kleinhapl is a remarkable artistic personality, who continually challenges and takes his audience into worlds previously only imagined. Steve Smith in The New York Times commended Kleinhapl as possessing “abundant skill and unbridled passion.” This December, with cutting edge programs of music for Cello and Piano by composers Zemlinsky, Schnittke, Gulda, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff, together with pianist Andreas Woyke, Friedrich Kleinhapl will appear on 3 celebrated New York concert series, making his Town Hall Debut on Sunday, December 12. The Duo will make its first appearance in White Plains on Saturday, December 11, in the intimate Downtown Music Series at Grace Church, and return to the highly esteemed Austrian Cultural Forum on Monday, December 13. (Please see below for program and ticket details.)

Kleinhapl completed his studies under Philippe Muller in Paris. This was followed by a period of intensive collaboration with the conductors Claudio Abbado, Yehudi Menuhin, Paul Tortelier and Tibor Varga. He has made a name for himself with premiere performances of works by distinguished contemporary composers. His list of premieres includes Friedrich Gulda’s Cello Concerto for Brass Orchestra, “Fantasy for Cello and Big Band” by Ed Neumeister (both recorded in 2001), Johannes Berauer’s Concert with Vocal Ensemble and Percussion and the Cello Concerts by Christoph Cech, Peter Herbert and Dirk D’Ase.

Kleinhapl has performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Fabio Luisi, Ulf Schirmer, Karel Mark Cichon and Michael Güttler, the Munich Symphony Orchestra under Heiko Mathias Förster, the Prague Symphony Orchestra under Aleksandar Markovic, and the Zagreb Slovenian and Graz Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in many of the major music capitals of the US, Canada and Europe, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Hercules Hall in Munich and the Dome des Invalides

The most recent addition to Kleinhapl’s portfolio of 11 CD’s, is a recording of Beethoven’s last Cello Sonatas No. 4 and 5. This CD also includes a rare world premiere of Beethoven’s Tenth Violin Sonata op. 96, transcribed for Cello and Piano, with Andreas Woyke, his partner on the piano. Recorded in 2004, the Duo’s CD of works by Shostakovich, was awarded the Pasticcio prize. In 2005 Kleinhapl recorded a CD of sonatas and songs by Johannes Brahms, and in 2006, released a recording of J. S. Bach’s Cello Suites all on the ARS label. In 2007 Kleinhapl’s recording with Woyke of Sonatas by Franck and Rachmaninoff won the “Supersonic Award 2008,” and their recording of Sonatas by Beethoven earned the “Excellentia Award 2009.” In November, 2010, a CD of pieces by Max Bruch for Cello and Orchestra with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra will be recorded by Kleinhapl.

Highlights of the 2010-2011 season include a tour of the United States and Canada. This past season he performed with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in South America, as well as appearing at the Salzburg Easter Festival and with the Israel Chamber Orchestra at the Eisenstadt Haydn Festival.

Friedrich Kleinhapl performs on the rare cello “Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Piacenza 1743 ex von Zweygberg,”on loan from the Austrian National Bank’s instrument collection.

Details about Kleinhapl’s upcoming performances, as well as a discography, photos and videos are available at www.kleinhapl.com.

CONCERT AND TICKET DETAILS

Grace Church December 11, at 8:00 PM
Friedrich Kleinhapl, violoncello – Andreas Woyke, piano

Downtown Music at Grace

33 Church Street

White Plains, NY 10601

914-949-0384

www.dtmusic.org

Program
Alexander Zemlinsky: 3 Pieces for Violoncello and Piano

Alfred Schnittke: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano No.1

Sergej Rachmaninow: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano op.19, g-minor

Town Hall DEBUT Sunday, December 12 at 2:00 PM
Friedrich Kleinhapl, Violoncello – Andreas Woyke, Piano

Town Hall Theater
123 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
Box office telephone: (212) 586-4680

Box office hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 11:00am and 1:00pm
www.pscny.org
Prices: $12 - Reserved Rear Side Orchestra & Rear Center and Side Balcony
$15 - Reserved Center Orchestra & Front Center and Side Balcony
$20 - Loge
Tickets are only available of the day of the concert at the Town Hall ticket table starting at 1:00pm

Program:
Alexander Zemlinsky 3 pieces for Violoncello and Piano

Alfred Schnittke Sonata for Violoncello and Piano No.1
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata for violoncello and piano No. 5, op.102/2, D-Major
Friedrich Gulda Cadenza for Violoncello
Sergej Rachmaninow Sonata for violoncello and piano op.19, g-minor

Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Monday, 13. December at 7.30 PM
Friedrich Kleinhapl, Violoncello - Andreas Woyke, Klavier

Austrian Cultural Forum New York

11 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022

Tickets can by purchased by e-mail at www.acfny.org

Or Phone: 212.319.5200. xt.222

Program:
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata for Violoncello und Piano, Nr. 4 in D Major, Opus 102
Alfred Schnittke Sonata for Violoncello und Piano, Nr. 1 (1978)
Intermission
Friedrich Gulda Cadenza for Violoncello Solo
Alexander Zemlinsky 3 Pieces für Violoncello und Piano (1891)
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, Nr. 5 in D Major, Opus 102 Nr. 2

YOU TUBE CONNECTIONS: J.S. Bach: more than 10.666 hits http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXeb1bqtqIY
(Many more links to You Tube connections may be found at
www.kleinhapl.com or through google.com)

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