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Friday, December 21, 2012

Tafelmusik Launches Inaugural Tafelmusik Winter Institute

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Tafelmusik Launches Inaugural Tafelmusik Winter Institute
January 7 to 12, 2013 
Public concert on January 12 at 7:30 PM

Toronto, Canada, December 21, 2012 … Tafelmusik is thrilled to announce the first-ever Tafelmusik Winter Institute January 7 to 12, 2013. Building on ten years of success with the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Tafelmusik is expanding its artist training offerings to include a week-long specialized institute for advanced students and professional players of baroque string and continuo instruments. 19 talented young artists hailing from across Canada and the United States, England, and Israel were selected by audition from a pool of 55 international applicants.
Tafelmusik’s Winter Institute provides an opportunity for in-depth study and training in aspects of specific repertoire — this year, the Italian concerto grosso — and includes orchestra rehearsals, sectionals, seminars, and masterclasses with faculty membersJeanne Lamon, Julia Wedman, Christina Mahler and Charlotte NedigerThe faculty members are committed to cultivating the individual excellence and collaborative spirit that the young musician requires and that the historically informed performance field demands. Tafelmusik Winter Institute will provide an encouraging and intimate environment to enable each musician to develop his or her own unique voice.
The week culminates with a public concert on Saturday January 12 at 7:30 PM at Trinity-St.Paul’s Centre, when participants in the orchestra play music by Corelli, Locatelli, Geminiani and Vivaldi alongside faculty members. Admission to the concert is general admission, pay-what-you-can (suggested contribution $20.00).
Tafelmusik’s Winter Institute is supported by the Silver Anniversary Fund established to mark the respective 25th anniversaries of Tafelmusik, and of Jeanne Lamon as Music Director. The Winter Institute is one of many advanced workshops planned for the future, each focusing on a different specific aspect of baroque music performance.
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 80 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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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.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Angela Meade Makes Toronto Debut with Ontario Philharmonic

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ANGELA MEADE, soprano  

Marco Parisotto, Music Director

Angela Meade, January 29, 2013, 8 PM, Koerner Hall, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning or / $75 - $40

or call The Weston Family box office: 416 408 0428 or visit in person: 273 Bloor Street West

“Meade is astounding … She has exceptional dynamic control, able to move from floating pianissimos to sudden dramatic swells.  The coloratura effects – rapid runs, trills, delicate turns, and so on – are handled with uncommon ease...” –The New Yorker


December 13, 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO – In the third and final concert of the Ontario Philharmonic’s Great Soloists Series, the Ontario Philharmonic, led by Marco Parisotto, performs with the brilliant young American soprano, Angela Meade.  She is a major opera star in the making, touted as the next great Diva, who has already conquered the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and makes her Toronto debut at Koerner Hall with the Ontario Phil.  The concert features Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs andBruckner’s Symphony No. 4, “Romantic”.

Critically acclaimed and adored by fans, Angela Meade is the winner of the 2011 Richard Tucker Award and the 2012 Beverly Sills Award from the Metropolitan Opera.  Her talent will be on full display this year in a variety of roles that have critics calling her “the next great Verdian soprano.”  She will perform in Il Trovatore with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and Normawith the Washington National Opera. Some notable “firsts” during the 2012-13 season include debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival, as well as her Toronto debut with the Ontario Phil. 

Critics have been showering praise on Meade, calling her “a dramatic coloratura at last” (Opera Today), and speculating that she may just be “the next great Verdian soprano” (Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun). She is developing a passionate following among lovers of bel canto repertoire, with the New York Post hailing her as “a brilliant new interpreter of Norma.” The New Yorker’s Alex Ross called her 2011 Anna Bolena at the Metropolitan Opera “electrifying, as pure a display of vocal power as I’ve heard at the Met in the past few years. In her final moments, issuing a tractor beam of Wagnerian tone with her arms flung out, she was no longer an impeccable bel canto student but a full-on diva.” In the August issue of Opera News, Meade was profiled as part of “Opera’s Next Wave”: “Audiences have hungered for a singer like Angela Meade for a long time. She’s a genuine soprano drammatico d’agilità … there’s no question that she has a voice to be reckoned with: it’s beautiful, it’s sizable, and it moves.”  

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ten-year-old Devon Plaskett Wins Yamaha Grand Piano


The Royal Conservatory is pleased to announce 10-year-old Devon Plaskett of Caledon, Ontario, as the winner of a Yamaha GB1K Grand Piano, awarded through a national contest honouring The Royal Conservatory’s 125th anniversary. The piano was delivered on December 4.

“It was surreal. I wasn’t sure whether to believe it or not,” recalled Catherine Plaskett, Devon’s mother. “The piano is an impressive musical instrument and I think Devon will be proud to practice on it and play for family and friends.”

Organized by Yamaha Canada Music Ltd. and The Royal Conservatory, the contest was open to any student who registered for Conservatory examinations from April 5, 2011 to June 11, 2012. Teachers of registrants were also eligible. Students who did not sign up for exams during this period were able to participate by submitting handwritten essays.

The Royal Conservatory received a grand total of 27,484 contest entries from across Canada. The winner was chosen by random draw.

Yamaha donated the piano, valued at $14,000.

“Having access to such a beautiful instrument provides a powerful incentive to continue to develop musical skill and expression,” said Angela Elster, Vice-President Academic, The Royal Conservatory. “We are grateful to long-time partner Yamaha for its generous support of this contest as well as its ongoing efforts to help The Royal Conservatory develop human potential through music and arts education.”

Devon’s winning entry came on the heels of her successful Grade 2 Piano examination, taken in Orangeville, Ontario, in January 2012. She is planning to use her new piano to practice for her Grade 3 Piano examination, scheduled for January 2013.

About The Royal Conservatory
The Royal Conservatory is one of the largest and most respected music and arts education institutions in the world. Providing the definitive standard of excellence in music education through its curriculum, assessment, performance, and teacher education programs, The Conservatory has had a substantial impact on the lives of millions of people globally. In addition, the organization has helped to train a number of internationally celebrated artists including Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Angela Hewitt, and Diana Krall. Motivated by its powerful mission to develop human potential through music and the arts, The Royal Conservatory has emerged over the last two decades as a leader in the development of arts-based programs that address a wide range of social issues. For more information, please visit

About Yamaha
Since its founding in 1887, the Yamaha Group has developed its business activities focusing on musical instruments, audio products, Yamaha music schools, and other products and services related to sound and music. We are pleased, indeed, that Yamaha touches on the lives of and brings joy to so many people around the world. Our corporate philosophies are embedded in our customer oriented management and operations; providing excellence in our products and services; continuous efforts to expand our existing market and create new markets; enhancement of research and development on a long range perspective; commitment to care for end users through providing even better service after sale; pursuit of further globalization of Yamaha's business; fostering positive growth through diversification.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Launches A Toronto Symphony Digital App


Web-based application invites all Torontonians to help shape and finish the score of A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City.
December 7 – What does Toronto sound like? After months of collecting the sounds of our city and collaborating with Torontonians to create a symphony for, by, and about Toronto, composer Tod Machover is entering the home stretch of completing A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City.  Today, the TSO and Tod Machover invite all Torontonians to collaborate in the final stages of composing this work, by manipulating the score with a brand new digital application – called Media Scores - now available on
Media Scores – designed especially for this project by Tod Machover and his team at the MIT Media Lab - will allow all Torontonians to help complete the Finale “Toronto Dances” section of the piece, contribute to the accompaniment "texture" of the work’s virtuosic "City Soaring" movement, and experiment with other sections of the composition to build their own unique blend and personalized musical narrative.

Anyone can participate with most flash-enabled web browsers, using Media Scores’ intuitive and fun-to-use interface. No previous skill required, just an open mind, a sense of play, and inquisitive ears. Shape what your city sounds like today and visit

About Media Scores: Designed by his team at MIT specifically for A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City, watch online as Tod Machover describes the new Media Scores web application.

About A Toronto Symphony: Composer Tod Machover and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra explore what Toronto sounds like in A Toronto Symphony: Concerto for Composer and City. The piece is set to début at the TSO’s New Creations Festival  on Saturday, March 9. Machover, called "America's most wired composer" by the Los Angeles Times and curator for the TSO's 2013 New Creations Festival, is known for his musical and technological innovations. In partnership with the TSO, Machover has asked Torontonians to collaborate with him in writing a work for, by and about our city. Public participation has included everything from streetcar sounds to steel drums to soulful melodies, all shared digitally or through collaborative workshops with
About Tod Machover: Tod Machover is recognized as one of the world's most imaginative and influential composers, and is also known for his music technology inventions, from a "hypercello" for Yo-Yo Ma to the innovations behind Guitar Hero. In addition to composing boundary-breaking works for instruments and electronics, Machover seeks ways to actively involve the public in music-making, through projects like his interactive Brain Opera or the Hyperscore composing software system. He is also celebrated for his innovative operas, including the "robotic" Death and the Powers which was Finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. and
About the TSO:  Founded in 1922, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s major cultural institutions and is internationally recognized as a leading orchestra. Under the leadership of Music Director Peter Oundjian, the TSO is committed to innovative programming and showcases a roster of distinguished guest artists and conductors. In addition to performances, the TSO serves the community with one of the largest music education outreach programmes in Canada, connecting students throughout Ontario with acclaimed curriculum-based
The TSO Season Presenting Sponsor is BMO Financial Group.
The TSO Official Airline is Air Canada.
The New Creations Festival is supported by RBC Foundation.

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