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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tafelmusik Launches 12/13 Season September 21

TAFELMUSIK LAUNCHES 12/13 SEASON AT KOERNER HALL ON SEPTEMBER 21 Bach Brandenburg ConcertosTafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Directed by Jeanne Lamon
“…these are Brandenburgs straight from the heart.” - Gramophone Magazine
Dates + Times:  Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, The Royal ConservatoryFri Sept 21 & Sat Sept 22 at 8pm
Sun Sept 23 at 3:30pm 
George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts
             Tues Sept 25 at 8pm
Free informal post-concert chats with musicians following each concert.
KH Ticket Prices  Regular: $45 - $99  65+: $35 - $89  Ages 35 & Under: $25 - $89
                                       GWRH Ticket Prices Regular: $36 - $77   65+: $29 - $69  Ages 35 & Under: $20 - $69
Venues: Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, The Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor Street West
George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street
                                       Box Office:  Weston Family Box Office416.408.0208 | 
George Weston Recital Hall Box office: 1.855.985.2787     
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Toronto, August 28, 2012 … Tafelmusik launches its 2012-13 season with Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos in the excellent acoustics of Koerner Hall (Sept 21-23, 2012) and George Weston Recital Hall (Sept 25, 2012). Tafelmusik musicians are in the spotlight as soloists for Brandenburg Concertos nos. 1, 3, and 5, as well as Bach’s Orchestral Suite no. 4.
The Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach are considered by musicians, critics and audiences alike among the finest musical compositions of the baroque era. Bach presented the concertos to the Margrave of Brandenburg in Berlin in 1721, with the hopes that some patronage would come his way. The music was preserved in the Brandenburg archives, and when rediscovered in the 19th century, became some of the most beloved music of all time. Tafelmusik’s 1995 JUNO Award Winning recording of the complete Brandenburg Concertos was recently re-released on the Tafelmusik Media label.
The sheer variety of Bach’s instrumentation for the Brandenburg Concertos far exceeds that of any comparable set of concertos from the period. The First Concerto is the largest of the six, scored for 13 musicians. In the Third Concerto, Bach creates an orchestra out of a group of solo string players, in this case three violins, three violas and three cellos, with double bass and harpsichord continuo. The Fifth Concerto has been described as both revolutionary and evolutionary, with the harpsichord assuming a solo role — performed by Tafelmuisk’s Charlotte Nediger — for the first time. The harpsichord overshadows the two other solo instruments (flute and violin), claiming all the virtuoso passages and culminating in a massive solo cadenza.
Each performance of the three Brandenburg Concertos is preceded by Bach’s Fourth Orchestral Suite, and will be followed by an informal question-and-answer session with members of the orchestra.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon and founded in 1979, is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. The orchestra performs over 50 concerts a year at home in Toronto, tours extensively around the world, has released over 78 CDs and has received nine JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik Media, the choir and orchestra’s multi-platform recording label, was launched in January 2012. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and operates its annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.  The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. The 2012/13 touring season brings Tafelmusik’s two most recent multi-media concerts, The Galileo Project and House of Dreams, to audiences across North America.
Season Presenting Sponsor:
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George Weston Recital Hall concert supported by:

Tafelmusik gratefully acknowledges the support of its partners in government:
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Tafelmusik’s Season Radio Sponsor is The New CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.
Tafelmusik’s Tafelscene programme is supported by
TD Bank Group



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