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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.
CELEBRATING JEANNE LAMON’S 33 SEASONS AS MUSIC DIRECTOR
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.  
VENUE REVITALIZATION PROJECT
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.
OPERA ATELIER
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 ON THE WORLD STAGE
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.
RECORDINGS AND BROADCASTS
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.
TORONTO SEASON:
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. 
ARTIST TRAINING
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.
EDUCATION
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.

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