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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Van Cliburn Has Died Peacefully in his Fort Worth Home


Maggie Estes, director of marketing and public relations, mestes@cliburn.org817.738.6536

Fort Worth, Texas, February 27, 2013-It is with great sadness that Carla Kemp Thompson, chairman of the Van Cliburn Foundation, acknowledges the death of Van Cliburn. Mr. Cliburn died peacefully in his home in Fort Worth, Texas, surrounded by loved ones, on February 27, 2013.
The cause of death was bone cancer. Van Cliburn was 78 years old (born July 12, 1934, in Shreveport, Louisiana - died February 27, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas). He is survived by his friend of long standing, Thomas L. Smith.
Said Thompson: "Van was a treasured member of the Fort Worth community who belonged to the world. His legacy is one of being a great humanitarian, a great musician, a great colleague, and a great friend to all who knew and loved him. Van is iconic, and we at the Van Cliburn Foundation join the international community in mourning the loss of a true giant."
The Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano, taking place May 24-June 9, 2013, at Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall, is dedicated to the memory of Van Cliburn.
For funeral information: Thompson's Harveson & Cole, 702 8th Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76104, 817.336.0345
ABOUT VAN CLIBURNVan Cliburn is an American hero. He was hailed as one of the most persuasive ambassadors of American culture, as well as one of the greatest pianists in the history of music. With his historic 1958 victory at the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War, Van Cliburn tore down cultural barriers years ahead of glasnost and perestroika, transcending politics by demonstrating the universality of classical music.
Returning home from Moscow, Mr. Cliburn received a ticker-tape parade in New York City, the only time a classical musician was ever honored with the highest tribute possible by the City of New York. Upon Mr. Cliburn's invitation, Kiril Kondrashin, the conductor with whom the pianist had played his prizewinning performances, came from Moscow to repeat the celebrated concert program with Van Cliburn at Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and in Washington, D.C. Their recording of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto, made during Kondrashin's visit, was the first classical recording ever to be awarded a platinum record and has now sold well over three million copies.
Following his triumph in Moscow, Mr. Cliburn played in several cities in the Soviet Union. From that time on, he toured widely and frequently with every important orchestra and conductor, in the most renowned international concert halls. Mr. Cliburn toured the Soviet Union many times between 1960 and 1972 for extended periods. He made numerous timeless and beloved recordings, including many major piano concerti and a wide variety of solo repertoire.
Early in his career, a group of friends and admirers began the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition as a living legacy to Mr. Cliburn's constant efforts to aid the development of young artists. The first competition was held in 1962.
In 1987, at the invitation of President Ronald Reagan, Mr. Cliburn performed a formal recital in the East Room of the White House during the State Visit honoring Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union's general secretary. Two years later, and 31 years after his triumph at the Tchaikovsky Competition, Mr. Cliburn returned to the Soviet Union to perform at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and in the Philharmonic Hall of Leningrad.
Carnegie Hall requested that he play for its 100th anniversary season as soloist with the New York Philharmonic. Over the years, Mr. Cliburn opened many U.S. concert halls, including the famous I. M. Pei Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas; Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth; the Lied Center for the Performing Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska; and the Bob Hope Cultural Center in Palm Springs, California.
Mr. Cliburn was an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. He received more than 20 honorary doctorate degrees. He provided scholarships at many schools, including The Juilliard School, the Cincinnati Conservatory, Texas Christian University, Louisiana State University, the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, the St. Petersburg Conservatory, and the Moscow Conservatory.
Mr. Cliburn performed for every President of the United States, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama, and for royalty and heads of state in Europe, Asia, and South America. He received Kennedy Center Honors and the Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award. In a 2004 Kremlin ceremony he received the Order of Friendship from President Vladimir Putin, and in 2003, President George W. Bush bestowed upon him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Barack Obama honored Mr. Cliburn with the National Medal of Arts in a ceremony at the White House in 2011. Watch the video here.
Van Cliburn was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, on July 12, 1934. His father, Harvey Lavan Cliburn, was an executive with Magnolia Petroleum, now ExxonMobil. At the age of 3, he began piano studies with his mother, Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn, a talented student of Arthur Friedheim, who was a pupil of Franz Liszt. He was 12 when he made his orchestral debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from Kilgore High School in the spring of 1951, we went on to study with Madame Rosina Lhevinne at the famed Juilliard School in New York City.
Prior to his win at the Tchaikovsky Competition, Van Cliburn won the Levintritt Competition in 1954, which had not awarded a first-place prize since 1949. The prestigious Levintritt Competition offered important appearances with such major orchestras as Cleveland, Denver, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, as well as a coveted New York Philharmonic debut with the great Dimitri Mitropoulos, which took place in Carnegie Hall on November 14, 1954.
For more information on Van Cliburn and the Van Cliburn Foundation, visit

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Toronto Consort Presents Emma Kirkby

The Toronto Consort presents soprano
Emma Kirkby in recital April 5 & 6, 2013
 “For two decades, Emma Kirkby’s clear, agile voice has epitomized the pure sound of early music. She remains one of the treasures of the music world.”
(The Globe & Mail)
Toronto, February 27, 2013 … Celebrating its 40th anniversary season this year, the Toronto Consort is thrilled to present one of the greatest early music singers of all time, Dame Emma Kirkby, in recital with renowned lutenist Jakob Lindberg. Their program “Orpheus in England” commemorates the 450th anniversary of the birth of composer John Dowland, and includes music by Dowland and by Henry Purcell, another quintessentially English composer. Lindberg will also perform solo lute music by Dowland and Purcell. The concerts take place at 8:00 PM on April 5 and 6 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, and tickets are available by calling the box office at (416) 964-6337 or online at
Dame Emma Kirkby is still at the forefront of early music performance after more than 25 years on the world stage. Recognised for her elegant and intelligent musicianship, she played a major part in the early music revival that began more than 30 years ago, both as a soloist and as a performer with the Consort of Musicke and the Taverner Choir. Though her discography includes more than 100 recordings of sacred and secular music from the medieval, renaissance, and baroque repertoire, Kirkby maintains that it is the lute song that has been the biggest inspiration throughout her career.
Kirkby and Lindberg have recorded the Orpheus in England program for the BIS label. AWholenote Magazine review of the recording declared that “the listener is indeed transported to a time of grace and beauty through music’s true power.” The program title references the Orpheus of classical mythology, known for his superb musical powers, as well as acknowledging Dowland’s status as “the English Orpheus”, and Purcell’s collection of songs, Orpheus Britannicus
Both composers ‘share the quality of arresting any listener with a directness and grace that takes our breath away still today, aligning us with the men, animals, plants and stones that were said to weep or dance, or both, when Orpheus sang to his instrument,’ says Dame Emma Kirkby. 
Emma Kirkbysings Dowland and Purcell
with Jacob Lindberg, lute 

8:00 pm, April 5 & 6, 2013
Trinity St. Paul's Centre,
427 Bloor St. W. (west of Spadina)

$22 to $52 Regular 
$18 to $45 for 65+
Club Consort tickets: $10 for 30 & under with valid photo ID.
Box Office: (416) 964-6337
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Met: Live in HD’s 2013-14 Season Features 10 Live Transmissions, Including 4 New Productions

The Met: Live in HD’s 2013-14 Season Features
10 Live Transmissions, Including 4 New Productions

Met Music Director James Levine returns to the podium,
leading HD performances of Falstaff on December 14 and Così fan tutte on April 26

The Live in HD season kicks off on Saturday, October 5 with a
new production of Eugene Onegin, conducted by Valery Gergiev
and starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, and Mariusz Kwiecien

This HD season’s stars include Ildar Abdrazakov, Roberto Alagna, Stephanie Blythe, Danielle de Niese, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Elīna Garanča, Vittorio Grigolo, Jonas Kaufmann, Isabel Leonard, Fabio Luisi, Ambrogio Maestri, Angela Meade, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Susanna Phillips, Luca Pisaroni, Matthew Polenzani, Patricia Racette, Paulo Szot, and Dolora Zajick

New York, NY (February 26, 2013)— The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live transmissions to movie theaters, will feature 10 productions in the 2013-14 season, offering a significant portion of the Met season to opera lovers around the world. Met Music Director James Levine returns to the podium, leading a new production of Verdi’s Falstaff (December 14), directed by Robert Carsen, and the first Live in HD performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte (April 26). The series opens on October 5 with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, starring Anna NetrebkoMariusz Kwiecien, and Piotr Beczala in a new production conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by Deborah Warner, and also includes William Kentridge’s innovative production of Shostakovich’s The Nose,starring Paulo Szot (October 26); Puccini’s classic drama Tosca, with Patricia Racette as the tempestuous title character and Robert Alagna as her devoted lover (November 9); Renée Fleming in one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvořák’s Rusalka, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (February 8); a new production of Borodin’s rarely heard epic Prince Igor, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov in his Met debut, and starring Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role (March 1); Jonas Kaufmann and Elīna Garanča in a new staging byRichard Eyre of Massenet’s tragic romance Werther (March 15); Puccini’s timeless love story La Bohème, withVittorio Grigolo starring in Franco Zeffirelli’s immensely popular production (April 5); and Joyce DiDonato andJuan Diego Flórez in Rossini’s Cinderella story La Cenerentola, led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi (May 10).
“We have chosen a wide sampling of the best of our new season for the opera lovers around the world to enjoy locally,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “Our commitment to making opera accessible and affordable continues.” 

About The Met: Live in HD
The Met: Live in HD, the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content, is now shown in more than 1,900 theaters in 64 countries, making the Met the only arts institution with an ongoing global art series of this scale. The Met was the first arts company to experiment as an alternative content provider, beginning on a modest scale in 2006. Since then, its program has grown every season, with more than 12 million tickets sold to date.
Met opera stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew, and production teams, and introducing the popular behind-the-scenes features; altogether the worldwide HD audience is given an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera at one of the world’s great houses.
Tickets for the 10 transmissions in the 2013-14 Live in HD season will go on sale in August in the U.S. and Canada, with Met Members offered priority before tickets are made available to the general public. International ticket sales dates and details on ordering tickets for the 2013-14 Live in HD series vary from country to country and will be announced separately by individual distributors.
The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation. Global corporate sponsorship of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg. Transmission ofThe Met: Live in HD in Canada is made possible thanks to the generosity of Jacqueline and Paul G. Desmarais Sr.

The Met: Live in HD 2013-14 Schedule
(with complete casting and production information)

Eugene Onegin – Tchaikovsky - October 5, 2013 at 12:55 p.m. ET
New Production
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Production: Deborah Warner
Set Designer: Tom Pye
Costume Designer: Chloe Obolensky
Lighting Designer: Jean Kalman
Video Designers: Finn Ross & Ian William Galloway
Choreographer: Kim Brandstrup
Cast: Mariusz Kwiecien (Eugene Onegin), Anna Netrebko (Tatiana), Oksana Volkova (Olga), Piotr Beczala (Lenski), Alexei Tanovitsky (Gremin)

The Live in HD season begins October 5 with acclaimed English director Deborah Warner’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s romantic tragedy Eugene Onegin, conducted by Valery GergievAnna Netrebko opens her third consecutive Met season in her company role debut as Tatiana, the naïve heroine from Pushkin’s classic novel.Mariusz Kwiecien portrays the self-confident title character, in a much-admired interpretation he has sung in many of the world’s leading opera houses, and Piotr Beczala reprises his acclaimed performance as Onegin’s friend-turned-rival, Lenski. Reviewing Warner’s production, the Sunday Telegraph praised its “mixture of haunting visual and emotional impact: cutting straight to the heart of the work, [Warner] shows how Onegin is simultaneously about two colliding Russian societies—rustic provincialism and cosmopolitan decadence—and three wasted lives.”

The Nose – Shostakovich - October 26, 2013 at 12:55 p.m. ET
Conductor: Pavel Smelkov
Production: William Kentridge
Set Designer: William Kentridge & Sabine Theunissen
Costume Designer: Greta Goiris 
Lighting Designer: Urs Schönebaum
Cast: Paulo Szot (Kovalyov), Andrey Popov (Police Inspector), Alexander Lewis (The Nose)

William Kentridge’s dazzlingly innovative production of Shostakovich’s shocking, unconventional opera about a beleaguered Russian official and his runaway nose returns to the Met for the first time since its sold-out 2010 premiere. Pavel Smelkov conducts a cast led by Paulo Szot as the hapless Kovalyov, with Andrey Popov as the menacing Police Inspector and Alexander Lewis as Kovalyov’s peripatetic nose.

Tosca – Puccini - November 9, 2013 at 12:55 p.m. ET
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza
Production: Luc Bondy
Set Designer: Richard Peduzzi
Costume Designer: Milena Canonero
Lighting Designer: Max Keller
Cast: Patricia Racette (Tosca), Roberto Alagna (Cavaradossi), George Gagnidze (Scarpia), John Del Carlo (Sacristan)

            Patricia Racette portrays the tempestuous diva Floria Tosca in Luc Bondy’s production of Puccini’s enduring favorite. Roberto Alagna sings Tosca’s lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and George Gagnidze is the corrupt, lustful Scarpia. Riccardo Frizza conducts Puccini’s sweeping, dramatic tale of murder, lust, and political intrigue. 

Falstaff – Giuseppe Verdi – December 14, 2013 at 12:55 p.m. ET
New Production
Conductor: James Levine
Production: Robert Carsen
Set Designer: Paul Steinberg
Costume Designer: Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting Designer: Robert Carsen and Peter Van Praet
Cast: Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff), Lisette Oropesa (Nannetta), Angela Meade (Alice Ford), Stephanie Blythe (Mistress Quickly), Jennifer Johnson Cano (Meg Page), Paolo Fanale (Fenton), Franco Vassallo (Ford)

Verdi’s brilliant final masterpiece Falstaff has its first new Met production in nearly 50 years, conducted byJames Levine and directed by Robert CarsenAmbrogio Maestri sings the iconic basso buffo role of Sir John Falstaff, the boorish, blustery character originally seen in Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Merry Wives of Windsor.Angela Meade is Alice Ford, one of many objects of Falstaff’s affection, and Stephanie Blythe is the sharp-tongued Mistress Quickly in a cast that also includes Lisette Oropesa as Nannetta, Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page,Paolo Fanale in his Met debut as Fenton, and Franco Vassallo as Ford. The International Herald Tribune praised Carsen’s staging, first seen at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, as a “production of eye-catching ingenuity.”

Rusalka - Dvořák – February 8, 2014 at 12:55 p.m. ET
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Production: Otto Schenk
Set Designer: Günther Schneider-Siemssen
Costume Designer: Sylvia Strahammer
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler
Choreographer: Carmen de Lavallade
Cast: Renée Fleming (Rusalka), Emily Magee (Foreign Princess), Dolora Zajick (Ježibaba), Piotr Beczala (Prince), John Relyea (Water Sprite)

            Renée Fleming sings her first Live in HD performance of one of her signature roles, the lovelorn mermaid Rusalka, in Dvořák’s sumptuously melodic opera. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a cast that also includes Piotr Beczala as the handsome Prince Rusalka yearns to love; Dolora Zajick as the cackling swamp witch Ježibaba; Emily Magee as the Foreign Princess, Rusalka’s rival; and John Relyea as Rusalka’s father, the Water Sprite.

Prince Igor – Alexander Borodin – March 1, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. ET
New Production
Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
Production: Dmitri Tcherniakov
Set Designer: Dmitri Tcherniakov
Lighting Designer: Gleb Filshtinsky
Cast: Ildar Abdrazakov (Prince Igor Svyatoslavich), Oksana Dyka (Yaroslavna), Anita Rachvelishvili (Konchakovna), Sergey Semishkur (Vladimir Igorevich), Mikhail Petrenko (Prince Galitsky), Štefan Kocán (Khan Konchak)

            Alexander Borodin’s epic Prince Igor has its first Met performances since 1917 in a new production staged by noted Russian opera director Dmitri Tcherniakov in his Met debut. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the lush score, famous for its celebrated “Polovtsian Dances,” and Ildar Abdrazakov sings the title role of a 12th-century Russian hero. The cast also includes Oksana Dyka in her Met debut as Yaroslavna, Igor’s emotionally fragile second wife;Anita Rachvelishvili as the fiery Polovtsian princess Konchakovna; Sergey Semishkur in his Met debut as Vladimir Igorevich, Igor’s son and Konchakovna’s lover; Mikhail Petrenko as Prince Galitsky; and Štefan Kocán as the warlord Khan Konchak.

Werther – Jules Massenet – March 15, 2014 at 12:55 p.m. ET
New Production
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Production: Richard Eyre
Set & Costume Designer: Rob Howell
Lighting Designer: Peter Mumford
Video Designer: Wendall Harrington
Choreographer: Sara Erde
Cast: Jonas Kaufmann (Werther), Lisette Oropesa (Sophie), Elīna Garanča (Charlotte), David Bižić (Albert), Jonathan Summers (Le Bailli)

            Director Richard Eyre returns to the Met with a new staging of Massenet’s tragic romance Werther, starringJonas Kaufmann and Elīna Garanča in their first Met performances as the brooding poet Werther and his unattainable love, Charlotte. Lisette Oropesa sings the role of Sophie, Charlotte’s sister; David Bižić makes his Met debut as Charlotte’s fiancé, Albert; and Jonathan Summers is Charlotte’s father, Le Bailli. Alain Altinoglu conducts the first new Met production of the opera in more than forty years. 

La Bohème - Puccini – April 5, 2014 at 12:55 p.m. ET
Conductor: Stefano Ranzani
Production: Franco Zeffirelli
Set Designer: Franco Zeffirelli
Costume Designer: Peter J. Hall
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler
Cast: Anita Hartig (Mimì), Susanna Phillips (Musetta), Vittorio Grigolo (Rodolfo), Massimo Cavalletti (Marcello), Patrick Carfizzi (Schaunard), Oren Gradus (Colline), Donald Maxwell (Benoit/Alcindoro)

            An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history.  Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo stars as the passionate writer Rodolfo, and Romanian soprano Anita Hartig makes her Met debut as his consumptive lover, Mimì. Susanna Phillips sings the flirtatious Musetta andMassimo Cavalletti is the painter Marcello in this performance, led by rising conductor Stefano Ranzani.

Così fan tutte - Mozart – April 26, 2014 at 12:55 p.m. ET
Conductor: James Levine
Production: Lesley Koenig
Designer: Michael Yeargan
Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler
Cast: Susanna Phillips (Fiordiligi), Isabel Leonard (Dorabella), Danielle de Niese (Despina), Matthew Polenzani (Ferrando), Rodion Pogossov (Guglielmo), Maurizio Muraro (Don Alfonso)

            James Levine conducts the first Live in HD performance of Mozart’s barbed romance Così fan tutte. Lesley Koenig’s sleek production will star Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard as the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella;Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov as their fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo; Danielle de Niese as their feisty maid Despina; and Maurizio Muraro as the cynical Don Alfonso.

La Cenerentola - Rossini – May 10, 2014 at 12:55 p.m. ET
Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Production: Cesare Lievi 
Designer: Maurizio Balò
Lighting Designer: Gigi Saccomandi
Choreographer: Daniela Schiavone
Cast: Joyce DiDonato (Angelina), Juan Diego Flórez (Don Ramiro), Pietro Spagnoli (Dandini), Alessandro Corbelli (Don Magnifico), Luca Pisaroni (Alidoro)

            Joyce DiDonato sings her first Met performances of the title character in Rossini’s Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, with bel canto master Juan Diego Flórez as her dashing prince. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisileads a cast that also includes Pietro Spagnoli in his Met debut as the servant Dandini, Alessandro Corbelli as Cenerentola’s stepfather Don Magnifico, and Luca Pisaroni as Don Ramiro’s tutor, Alidoro.      

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Conductor/Composer Charles Cozens Makes Cuban Debut



Canada’s award-winning conductor/composer/arranger Charles Cozens is set to make his Cuban conducting debut this April.  He will be the first Canadian invited to conduct a Cuban symphony orchestra in at least 20 years.

As its first Canadian guest-conductor, he will appear with the 65-piece Villa Clara Symphony Orchestra in the provincial capital, Santa Clara, on April 10.  In a program titled La Danza (The Dance), he conducts Chabrier’s España, the FauréPavane, Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, and excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen.  The program includes two of his own compositions – Les Petites Danses Démoniques, with the orchestra’s principal clarinet as soloist, and Czardahora, for violin soloist and orchestra.  In addition, Cozens has scored a tapestry of Astor Piazzolla compositions for violin and orchestra, entitled Homage a Piazzolla. The orchestra’s concertmaster is featured as violin soloist for both Czardahoraand Homage a Piazzolla.

Cozens has sent the scores to the Canadian Embassy in Havana to print out for the orchestra as a goodwill gesture. He joins a number of other high-profile Canadian musicians in helping Cuban musicians.

Labeled “one of Canada’s premier arrangers” by the Canadian Press, Charles T. Cozens has a busy schedule on many fronts. 

On his return from Cuba, he will share the podium with Kerry Stratton when Stratton’s Grand Salon Orchestra performs April 26 in the Milton, Ontario, Town Hall, with tenor Michael Ciufo as guest artist. 

On September 28, Cozens conducts the Regina Symphony Orchestra in the first of two guest appearances in the 2013-14 season. The first concert, Broadway Today, features singers Gisele Fredette, Helena Janik and Steven Patterson.  May 3, 2014, sees him conducting I Am Andrea Menard with multi-talented Métis actor, singer/songwriter and screenwriter Andrea Menard and the RSO.  Cozens has created six orchestrations for Menard through a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.  His most recent concerts with the RSO were in November 2012, when Belgian violin virtuoso Michael Guttman premiered Cozen’s Czardahora and Celtic Fantasy; and January 2013, when the Canadian Brass were featured guests. 

As a composer, Cozens has been commissioned by the Orpheus Choir and conductor Robert Cooper to write Three Latin Dances for accordion, choir, bass and percussion in celebration of the Choir’s 50th Anniversary Gala, March 1, 2014.  He is also creating arrangements and orchestrations for soprano Zorana Sadiq, with himself performing at the piano, and Joseph Macerollo on accordion.

He will conduct the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in the premiere of arrangements and orchestrations he is creating for the Orchestra and Canadian singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega, February 7-9, 2014.

Twist, Cozens’ newly reconstituted classical/jazz chamber group (violin, clarinet, bass and himself at the piano), performs May 4, 2014 at the Newmarket Festival.

Charles Cozens was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for Canadian Music Competitions (CMC Toronto).  As well, he is currently working on a detailed book to share his substantial knowledge on the art of arranging and orchestration.

In September 2012, he served as conductor, music director and arranger for the 25th and final presentation of Fashion Cares, with such stars as Sir Elton John and Grammy Award-winning singer Janelle Monáe.  Among other pieces, he arranged and orchestrated a medley of Canadian award-winning songs, featuring some of Canada’s greatest recordingartists in a stunning performance.

Since winning won the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s 1986 National Arrangers Workshop Competition, Cozens has had his orchestral arrangements performed consistently to critical acclaim by major orchestras in North America and Europe.  He has been continuously recognized with numerous awards and nominations. Widely prolific, he has over 90 CDs to his credit as conductor, composer, arranger, pianist and producer, for such prestigious recording labels as Universal, Sony, CBC SM 5000, and Jazz Inspiration.  More information is available at


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Christina Petrowska Quilico Celebrates Women, Rite of Sping and The Piano

March-May 2013

Canadian piano virtuoso Christina Petrowska Quilico celebrates her instrument in a number of intriguing artistic events in the coming weeks.  All take place in the Toronto area.

Widely renowned for her performances of contemporary composers and little-known repertoire, Petrowska Quilico is featured in the following presentations:

Wednesday, March 6, 12 noon-1 p.m. at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons  Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. – Free:  As a prelude to International Women’s Day, Petrowska Quilico gives a solo recital, In Praise of Women.   It features music by 20th century women composers from Germany, France, Australia, South Africa and the U.S.  Canada is represented by Picton-born Gena Branscombe (1881-1977), who lived and worked in the U.S.; and by Ann Southam (1937-2010), the composer with whom Petrowska Quilico’s name is inextricably linked, through live performances and three recordings devoted to her music (one a double CD, another a triple), plus individual pieces on another four compilation albums. 

Thursday-Saturday, April 18, 19, 20, 7:30 pm at the Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street:  Rite Redux, a co-production of York U’s Departments of Dance and Music, celebrates the centennial of the iconic ballet Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), originally choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, to the score by Igor Stravinsky.   Petrowska Quilico will perform works by Satie and Debussy, also written in 1913.

Friday, April 26, 8 p.m. – Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.:  One of six pianists when Soundstreams presents Piano Ecstasy,  Petrowska Quilico joins fellow Canadians Jamie Parker, Gregory Oh and Stephen Docking, and Brazil’s Duo Gisbranco in music by diverse

Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m. – Cornell Recital Hall, 3201 Bur Oak Avenue , Markham
Petrowska Quilico performs Visions: Rhapsodies & Fantasias by Constantine Caravassilis at the Kindred Spirits Orchestra’s Markham Contemporary Music Festival, held at Markham’s newly built state-of-the-art Cornell Recital Hall.

More information on Christina Petrowska Quilico, with a link to her blog, is at

Christina Petrowska Quilico’s 2013 performing schedule began with the January 22 launch concert for the world premiere, two-CD Centrediscs recording, Visions: Rhapsodies & Fantasias.  Her 30th CD title, Visions features the solo piano music of Greek-Canadian composer Constantine Caravassilis.

Critic John Terauds called the CD “112 minutes of timeless-sounding new music for solo piano that offers something for many different kinds of listeners,” noting Petrowska Quilico’s “impeccable pacing and elegant verve. Both the music and the interpretations impress more with each listen.”

Reviewing the concert on I Care if you Listen (, critic Justin Rito described Petrowska Quilico’s performance as “superb … She embraced each of the influences Caravassilis projected in his scores with evident ease, displaying sheer pianistic virtuosity.”

Benoît Gheeraert of Le Métropolitain deemed the event “a total success”:  “The pianist’s fingers ranged delicately over the Steinway before letting the shadow in question (in Shadow Variations on a Theme by Alan Hovhaness) slowly but surely expand until the entire room was engulfed.”  

At York University’s “musicircus” CageSpace, February 7, she performed John Cage’s 35-minute solo Cheap Imitation.
VISUAL ART: Also a gifted visual artist, Petrowska Quilico was inspired by Caravassilis’ music to reflect her response in 102 paintings.  They screened on monitors before and after her concert, and during intermission.  Some were later exhibited at the Canadian Music Centre. 

The paintings will be synchronized with the actual performance via video screen projection when Petrowska Quilico repeats her Visions concert for the Kindred Spirits New Music Festival on May 4 (see above).  

UPCOMING: Upcoming are the launch of a two-CD set of Brazilian Tangos, a Women’s Gems CD, and plans to record further selections from Ann Southam’s Glass Houses Revisited.  Together with violinist Jacques Israelievitch, she is preparing Mozart sonatas, as well as piano quintets and works for violin and piano by Canadian composers for concerts and possible recordings.  One of these new works is a commission from Constantine Caravassilis for violin and piano.

Canadian Opera Company Ensemble artists will compete Monday, May 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, in the annual Christina and Louis Quilico Awards.

Petrowska Quilico was quoted as an authority in a February 17 Toronto Star article on stage fright.  She was interviewed as professor of Piano and Musicology at York University, where she is also director of Classical Piano and a member of the Graduate Faculty.

Christina Petrowska Quilico is represented by Ann Summers International (


Monday, February 18, 2013

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Presents Good Friday Concert

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir presents its annual Good Friday Sacred Music concert

The Mendelssohn Singers, under the direction of Noel Edison, return to the beautiful space and acoustics of St. Paul’s Basilica for a Good Friday concert of meditative and inspirational sacred music spanning four centuries.
Noel Edison has put together a program that brings together Renaissance polyphony with sacred works by contemporary composers who use modern harmonies to create powerful sonic landscapes. This musical meditation will include the classical polyphony of Palestrina and Allegri, music by contemporary Polish composer Lukaszewski -described by BBC Music Magazine as radiant and accessible, and the premiere of a new work by Juno-nominated Canadian composer Timothy Corlis.
Noel uses the spaces of the Basilica creatively to heighten the audience’s experience of this inspirational music. For the first half of the concert the choir will sing from the Gallery, behind and above the audience, to create a powerful effect of the music cascading over the audience. In the second half the choir will be placed on the main floor. For John Taverner’sSvyati for cello and chorus, the choir and cellist will be placed in different parts of the Basilica to emphasize the call and response effect of this piece.
The critically acclaimed Mendelssohn Singers is a 70-voice chamber ensemble selected from the TMC. They made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 and are recognized for their fluid sound, vocal agility and emotional versatility.
Sacred Music for a Sacred Space
Good Friday, March 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm
St. Paul’s Basilica (83 Power Street).
Tickets: $50; $45 for seniors; VoxTix $20 for 30 years old and under.
TMC Box Office: 416-598-0422, ext 221 or online at the TMC Box Office
Noel Edison, conductor
Matthew Otto, associate conductor
Mendelssohn Singers
John Marshman, cello
Repertoire includes:
God So Loved the World (Timothy Corlis, TMC commission, premiere)
Svyati (John Tavener)
Ave Maria (Pawel Lukaszewski)
Nunc Dimittis (Pawel Lukaszewski)
Miserere (Gregorio Allegri)
Missa Papae Marcelli (G.P. da Palestrina)
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and a dedicated group of individual and corporate donors.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tafelmusik Announces 2013-14 Season

Tafelmusik Announces the 2013/2014 Season:
A celebration of Jeanne Lamon in her final season as Music Director
Inaugural concerts in acoustically enhanced home venue at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre
Tafelmusik on the world stage: Japan, Versailles, BachFest Leipzig, Carnegie Hall
New Japanese-language version of The Galileo Project with actor 
Seiji Fukushi 
Guest artists Kristian Bezuidenhout, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Manfredo Kraemer, Stefano Montanari
Alison Mackay’s The Four Seasons: A Cycle of the Sun
Handel Saul
New releases on Tafelmusik Media label: House of Dreams, and Beethoven Symphonies 1-4

Toronto (Canada), February 12, 2013 … Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir today announced the details of its 2013/2014 season, a year of important milestones for the organization, including the inaugural concerts in the newly enhanced acoustics of the orchestra’s home venue of Trinity-St. Paul’s, and Jeanne Lamon’s final season as full-time Music Director. Tafelmusik’s international reach will extend further than ever before, thanks to an extensive touring season that takes the orchestra to South Korea, Versailles, Carnegie HallStratford Summer Music, and BachFest Leipzig, as well as to Japan with a new Japanese-language version of The Galileo Project featuring actor Seiji Fukushi.  CD/DVD releases on the Tafelmusik Media label next season include Alison Mackay’s multimedia House of Dreams programme filmed by 90th Parallel Productions, and Beethoven Symphonies 1-4 with conductor Bruno Weil. Tafelmusik will also launch the first phase of theTafelmusik International Baroque Academy (TIBA) with artist training activities in Toronto and Seoul, South Korea.
Celebrated guest artists joining Tafelmusik during the 2013/14 season include fortepianist and guest director Kristian Bezuidenhout  “Mozart reincarnated” (De Telegraaf), soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, conductor Bruno Weil, and guest directors/violinists Manfredo Kramer andStefano MontanariAruna Narayan Kalle, sarangi, Wen Zhao, pipa, and Inuit throat singers Aqsarniit join the orchestra for a remount of Alison Mackay’s The Four Seasons: A Cycle of the Sun, which includes a section scored by Golden Globe Award-winning composer Mychael Danna. Jeanne Lamon has commissioned flutist and composer Grégoire Jeay to write a work for the orchestra’s Intimately Bach programme. Choral highlights include two Handel masterpieces: Messiah and Sing-Along Messiah, and the epic oratorio Saul with the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir led by Choir Director Ivars Taurins. A musical tribute by orchestra members celebrating Jeanne Lamon’s 33 seasons at the helm of Tafelmusik wraps up the Toronto concert season.
In addition to concerts performed in its home venue, Tafelmusik returns to Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning for a number of programmes, and continues a three-concert series at the George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts.  Tafelmusik is grateful for the continued support of its Season Presenting Sponsor Sun Life Financial.
In October 2012 Jeanne Lamon, Music Director of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir since 1981, announced that she would step down as full-time music director at the conclusion of the 2013/14 season. Her remarkable 33-season tenure at the helm of one of Canada’s most successful international performing arts organizations will be celebrated in a special series of concerts in May 2014. Tafelmusik has engaged consultants Genovese Vanderhoof & Associates and has formed a search committee to assist in the process of appointing Tafelmusik’s next Music Director. Jeanne Lamon will assume the role of Music Director Emerita and will continue to work on developing the Tafelmusik International Baroque Academy (TIBA). Beyond May 2014, Lamon will perform with the orchestra for specific Toronto and tour programmes, and will continue to lead artistic planning until Tafelmusik’s new music director is appointed. 
"It is with excitement and a touch of sadness that I anticipate my last season as full-time music director of Tafelmusik. I have enjoyed more than thirty years in that position, watching the organization leap from one accomplishment to the next, picking up momentum at each turn. From the Sony recording contract signed in 1990 to the launch of our own Tafelmusik Media label, and from pasting posters on lamp-posts to our very active social media activity online, we have always kept our core values of artistic integrity at heart, no matter what the external changes,” says Jeanne Lamon. “The 2013/14 season is vintage Tafelmusik, with some of our favourite guests artists returning to perform with us. I am especially excited by the live recording of Beethoven symphonies 1 and 2 under Bruno Weil at Koerner Hall, almost completing our Beethoven cycle. Our June 2014 tour to BachFest Leipzig, the world’s most important international Bach festival, is going to be very special. And the final concert of the Toronto season, my celebration, with its musical contributions from the audience and from many of our musicians, promises to be a very moving one for me,” says Lamon.  
Tafelmusik recently launched an ambitious $3 million project to revitalize Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, its home performance venue since 1981. The two-phase project is being undertaken in partnership with long-time collaborators Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church and the Toronto Consort, and will help usher in Tafelmusik’s vision of becoming a global centre of excellence in period performance, while preserving the 125-year-old building’s sacred and historic character.  With Phase One renovations slated to begin in June 2013, the revitalization project was kick-started with a pledge of up to $500,000 in matching funds from Heritage Canada. Renovations include acoustical improvements, the installation of a permanent stage, and more comfortable seating. Phase One will be completed in September 2013, and Tafelmusik’s first performances in the newly-enhanced acoustics will take place October 3 to 6, 2013.
Now in its 27th year, Tafelmusik’s partnership with Opera Atelier continues to flourish as the orchestra joins the company for its season at the Elgin Theatre. David Fallis conducts Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, October 26 to November 2, 2013, and Lully’s Persée April 26 to May 3, 2014. Tafelmusik is honoured to join Opera Atelier for a return engagement at the Royal Opera House in the Palace of Versailles, France, for three performances of Lully’s Persée.
Tafelmusik maintains a rigorous schedule of prestigious touring engagements, spending an average of 7 to 12 weeks each season on the road with annual tours. 2013/14 sees the orchestra travel to Japan, South Korea, Germany, France, the United States, as well as centres around Ontario:  
Japan and South Korea Tour with new Japanese version of The Galileo Project
Tafelmusik’s creative multidisciplinary concerts continue to delight audiences around the world, and the 2013/14 season is no exception. From November 12 to 25, 2013, the orchestra tours Japan and South Korea with The Galileo Project — one of Tafelmusik’s most successful international exports — in a new Japanese-language version featuring Japanese actor Seiji Fukushi. A co-production with the Banff Centre, The Galileo Project has been seen in Australia and New Zealand, China (in Mandarin), Malaysia, Mexico (in Spanish), Canada and the United States since its premiere in 2009. The tour is followed by a Tafelmusik International Baroque Academy residency at the Hanyang University, Seoul, with members of the orchestra as faculty.
Carnegie Hall
Tafelmusik returns to New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall on March 17, 2014 with a mixed baroque programme including music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Marais and Veracini.  Tafelmusik’s Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 was followed by a second sold-out concert in 2011 that garnered praise from The New York Times: “Tafelmusik mixed insight, assurance and visceral engagement in works to show stylistic cross-pollination among Baroque composers.”
BachFest Leipzig, Germany
Tafelmusik concludes its 2013/14 touring season in June 2014 with a prestigious debut as Orchestra-in-Residence at BachFest Leipzig, in Bach’s historic home city. Tafelmusik will perform works by J.S. Bach and C.P.E. Bach, and one of the concerts will take place in Thomaskirche (St. Thomas’s Church) in Leipzig, where Bach worked as cantor for more than 25 years, and which currently houses the great composer’s remains.
Canadian Tours
On August 17 and 18, 2013, Tafelmusik performs two all-Bach programmes including the Wedding and Peasant Cantatas at Stratford Summer MusicFrom February 6 to 13, 2014, Tafelmusik reconnects with Vesuvius Ensemble (Francesco Pellegrino, Marco Cera, and Lucas Harris, with special guest Ben Grossmanto bring their delightful Bella Napoli programme across Ontario. Bella Napoli is an “utterly beguiling … fusion of art and folk music” (Musical Toronto) that celebrates the musical richness — classical and traditional — of Naples and southern Italy.
Since the launch of the Tafelmusik Media label in January 2012, Tafelmusik has released close to a dozen highly-acclaimed albums, including live performance, studio CD and DVD recordings, and re-releases of previous Tafelmusik recordings from SONY Classical and CBC Records. In 2013/14, Tafelmusik will release two new recordings: a Beethoven set recorded live in concert at Koerner Hall under the direction of conductorBruno Weil, and featuring Symphonies nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4, and three Beethoven overtures, EgmontCoriolan, and Prometheus; and a CD/DVD set of Alison Mackay’s stunning multimedia exploration of art, architecture and music, House of Dreams, filmed by producer Gordon Henderson of 90th Parallel Productions, and directed by Marc Stone. These recordings will be available on a variety of streamed and downloadable digital internet platforms.
Tafelmusik launches the 2013/14 Toronto season at Koerner Hall (Sep 19-22, 2013) with conductor Bruno Weil leading the orchestra for performances of Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, along with the Prometheus overture.

In early October, Tafelmusik returns to its home venue for inaugural concerts in the acoustically enhanced Trinity-St.Paul’s Centre. German/Argentinian violinist Manfredo Kraemer is Tafelmusik’s guest director for Baroque Austria (Oct 3-6, 2013 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre;Oct 8, 2013 at George Weston Recital Hall). Under Mr. Kraemer’s direction, the orchestra will explore music of rarely-heard composers who worked in the magnificent baroque cities of Salzburg and Vienna.
Two much-loved singers — Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc and English tenor Charles Daniels — return to join the choir and orchestra under the direction of Ivars Taurins for London and Rome: Music by Purcell and Carissimi (Nov 6-10, 2013 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre). Songs, odes, and anthems by Henry Purcell are paired with Carissimi’s biblical oratorio Jepthe.
South African fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout makes his Tafelmusik debut with Mozart’s Piano (Dec 5-8, 2013 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre). Dubbed “the finest living exponent of the fortepiano” (The Herald, UK), Mr. Bezuidenhout takes centre-stage in two virtuosic Mozart piano concertos – K.413 and K.414 – and leads the orchestra in an exploration of the music of Bach’s sons.
Tafelmusik returns to Koerner Hall to usher in the holiday season with four performances of Handel’s Messiah (Dec 18-21, 2013). Ivars Taurins directs the Orchestra and Chamber Choir and guest soloists soprano Emma Kirkby, mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell, tenor Colin Balzer, and baritone Tyler Duncan. On December 22, Tafelmusik performs Sing-Along Messiah in grand style at Massey Hall. This cherished annual tradition is directed by Herr Handel himself dressed in full period garb. A DVD version of Sing-Along Messiah by Canada’s 90th Parallel Productions was released on the Tafelmusik Media label in 2012, as well as the two-CD recording of the complete Messiah.
Tafelmusik rings in the new year with Intimately Bach (Jan 29-Feb 2, 2014 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre). Music Director Jeanne Lamon is featured in Bach’s Violin Concerto in G Minor, after BWV 1056. The programme includes the Trio Sonata for flute and violin from A Musical Offering, the Triple Concerto for harpsichord, flute and violin (BWV 1044), and a newly-commissioned piece of music by Grégoire Jeay, inspired by Bach.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir return to Koerner Hall for three performances of Handel’s epic oratorio, Saul (Feb 21-23, 2014). A stellar cast of soloists ensures that this will be one of the highlights of the 2013/14 season: soprano Joanne Lunn, who wowed audiences and critics alike with her 2012 Messiah performances; soprano Sherezade Panthaki, a rising star and alumna of the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute; tenor Rufus Müller and countertenor Daniel Taylor, who are featured in Tafelmusik’s DVD recording of Sing-AlongMessiah, and English baritone Peter Harvey, whose 2010 recording of Schubert's Winterreise was named Classic FM Magazine's 'Disc of the month.'
Another season highlight is the remount of a Tafelmusik audience favourite, Alison Mackay’s The Four Seasons: a Cycle of the Sun (Mar 6-9, 12, 2014 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre and Mar 11, 2014 at George Weston Recital Hall). The orchestra’s virtuoso violinists perform Vivaldi’s famous Spring, Summer, and Fall concertos alongside Wen Zhao (Chinese pipa), Aruna Narayan Kalle (Indian sarangi), and Aqsarniit (Inuit throat singers), who will perform seasonal music from other traditions. The grand finale is Winter by Mychael Danna, the Golden Globe Award winning and Oscar-nominated Canadian composer who recently scored the Ang Lee film, Life of Pi.
The Italian virtuoso violinist Stefano Montanari returns as guest director for A Night in Paris (Mar 27-30, 2014).  The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir will recreate Le Concert Spirituel, the popular 18th-century  public concert series in Paris that introduced the latest French and Italian music with guests from around Europe.
Known for her “ravishing singing” (San Francisco Classical Voice), star soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian joins Tafelmusik for a concert inspired by the famous rival queens of London’s 18th-century opera world (Apr 9, 10, 12, 13, 2014 at Koerner Hall). The rivalry between baroque-era superstar sopranos Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni resulted in riots at the opera house. Arias by Handel, Hasse, and Vivaldi composed for these original prima donnas form the backbone of this programme.
Tafelmusik’s Toronto season closes with A Celebration of Jeanne Lamon (May 8-11, 14, 2014 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre and May 13, 2014at George Weston Recital Hall). Ms. Lamon will select her favourite repertoire from 33 seasons at Tafelmusik, weaving together a tapestry of her fondest musical memories. Musicians from the orchestra will honour their music director by performing their own variations based on a hornpipe from Purcell’s Abdelazer. Audience-choice selections will round out this final concert paying tribute to Tafelmusik’s remarkable Jeanne Lamon.
Tafelmusik will also continue its successful 35 & Under membership programme, Tafelscene.  After a tremendously successful first year, young audience members will continue to have the opportunity to attend concerts at discount prices, be invited to intimate intermission parties with Tafelmusik musicians, and gain access to a number of special events beyond the concert hall. 
Tafelmusik continues to develop the next generation of local, national and international musicians, together with the audiences that will support and appreciate their endeavours for decades to come. Now in its 12th year, the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (TBSI) organized byCharlotte Nediger offers pre-professional musicians the opportunity to learn about period performance practice. The ancillary Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival includes a number of free community concerts in June.
During the 2013/14 season, Tafelmusik will launch the first phase of its newly-formed Tafelmusik International Baroque Academy (TIBA) with artist training programmes such as the Tafelmusik Winter Institute in Toronto, and the Baroque Residency at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea. As the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, Tafelmusik will collaborate with ProfessorDaniel Taylor, Head of Early Music, to expand the school’s period performance programme. Jeanne Lamon will be dedicating her time in the future to the ongoing development of TIBA. The creation of TIBA has been made possible with a generous donation from past Tafelmusik Board Chair Lynn Haight.
As part of the Tafelmusik International Baroque Academy, the Baroque Mentors training programme will continue, allowing emerging artists to learn directly from Tafelmusik musicians and distinguished guest artists through university residencies and guest artist masterclasses. 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.
Committed to building an international centre of musical excellence while making baroque and classical music fully relevant in a 21st-century context, Tafelmusik continues to develop and invest in ongoing music education and outreach programmes for music lovers of all ages. These include Baroque Education Day, the online Baroque Learning Centre with its curriculum-based study guides for teachers and students, Free Education Concerts and in-school visits, and interactive educational web games. On tour, Tafelmusik animates smaller communities with live performances, education and artist training, and provides study guides and other tools to open doors for continued exploration long after the applause has ended.