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Friday, October 25, 2013

Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Performs in Newly Revitalized Jeanne Lamon Hall

Tafelmusik Chamber Choir performs first concerts in newly-revitalized 
Trinity-St. Paul’s, Jeanne Lamon HallPurcell & Carissimi: Music from London and Rome —November 6 to 10
Directed by Ivars Taurins with soprano Suzie LeBlanc and tenor Charles Daniels
“It is the aural equivalent of seeing a video screen in colour after having spent several hours watching something in black-and-white.” — Musical Toronto

Toronto, October 25, 2013 … From November 6 to 10, the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir gives its first performances in its newly-revitalized home of Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall. Choir DirectorIvars Taurins conducts Purcell & Carissimi: Music from London and Rome, a programme featuring the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir and guest soloists, soprano Suzie LeBlanc and tenorCharles Daniels.  

During rehearsals in the acoustically-enhanced Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, Ivars Taurins said, "It has been many years of discussing, dreaming, and hoping  for Tafelmusik's home at Trinity St. Paul's to be revitalized not only as a place of worship and community, but also as a state-of-the-art concert venue for Tafelmusik and our Toronto audience. It is truly remarkable that these aspirations have been accomplished in a mere matter of months, creating a space of stunning visual and aural beauty.  At Tafelmusik Chamber Choir's first rehearsal this season — as we sang our first notes in the warm, vibrant acoustics — our faces beamed with delight! We look forward to sharing with our audience, through our reinvigorated music-making, our collective joy and excitement about our "new" home.”
Purcell & Carissimi: Music from London and Rome pairs the music of two masters of the seventeenth century, the leading composers of their respective cities. The selection of airs and choruses assembled by Ivars Taurins for the first half of the programme are drawn from one of Purcell’s most famous theatrical works—The Fairy Queen—and from the many odes composed by Purcell for royal and public occasions.
The programme is bookended by two works by Giacomo Carissimi, with the composer’s setting of the psalm Beatus vir scored for two choirs and continuo opening the concerts. Carissimi's magnificent biblical oratorio Jepthe, featuring Charles Daniels in the title role and Suzie LeBlanc in the tragic role of his daughter Filia, closes the programme.
Born in Acadia, the charismatic soprano Suzie LeBlanc provides convincing evidence for the popularity of early music while exploring French mélodies, Lieder, Acadian songs, contemporary music, and the art of improvisation. Ms. LeBlanc has commissioned Canadian composers to write settings of Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry, and these songs were recently released on Centrediscs under the title I Am in Need of Music. Her upcoming performances include recitals with Les Voix Humaines for the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto, Montreal Bach Festival, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and Toronto Masque Theatre.
Charles Daniels is known for his magnificently nuanced and sophisticated musicianship, and his singing and “transcendent vocal virtuosity” (The Guardian) has enthused audiences around the world. His repertoire extends 1150 years from the ninth century to the present day. Born in Salisbury, Daniels received his musical training at King’s College, Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music in London. His more than ninety recordings include Messiah (Gabrieli Consort), The Beggar’s Opera, Schütz Christmas Story, Bach Easter Oratorio (Taverner Consort), and over twenty discs of Purcell’s music.
As part of Tafelmusik’s Baroque Mentors series, public Guest Artist Masterclasses will be offered with Suzie LeBlanc and Charles Daniels on Saturday November 9  from  11 AM to 3 PM. Participants have the opportunity to work with these mentors in public masterclasses and to see them in performance. Tickets for auditors are only $10 and are available at the door. For more information, Tafelmusik’s Baroque Mentors programme is generously supported by the RBC Foundation.

Listing information:
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Purcell & Carissimi: Music from London and Rome
With soloists Suzie LeBlanc (soprano) and Charles Daniels (tenor)
Directed by Ivars Taurins

Dates + Times:                           Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall
                                                         Wed Nov 6 at 7pm*
         Thu Nov 7Fri Nov 8Sat Nov 9 at 8pm
                                                         Sun Nov 10 at 3:30 pm                                 

*Audience Talkback with select musicians following the concert
Ticket Prices:                            Regular: $37-$87
                                                       65+: $29-$78
                                                    35 and Under: $15-$78 
Venue:                                         Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St West, Toronto ON                                                      
Box Office:                                  416.964.6337
Online:                                        /      @tafelmusik

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