Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Monday, February 22, 2016
6:30 PM (Doors Open), 7:30 PM (Show Starts)
Ticket Price: 
$50 Advance / $55 Door

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra   

Tafelmusik, Canada’s award-winning orchestra on period instruments, has become an internationally recognized ensemble lauded by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras.” Founded in 1979 by Kenneth Solway and Susan Graves, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra was under the inspired leadership of Music Director Jeanne Lamon from 1981 to 2014. She assumes the role of Chief Artistic Advisor during the search for her successor in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, and will work on developing the Tafelmusik International Baroque Academy (TIBA). Lamon will continue to perform with the orchestra for specific Toronto and touring programmes during the next two seasons, and will lead artistic planning until Tafelmusik’s new Music Director is appointed.   

With its artist-focused mandate and commitment to excellence and innovation, Tafelmusik is known around the world for its creative, innovative new contexts for the performance of baroque and classical music.     

At the heart of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra is a group of seventeen remarkably talented, enthusiastic, and dynamic permanent members, each of whom is a specialist in historical performance practice. Their collaboration results in a delightful transparency, vitality, and richness of sound, which has garnered acclaim around the world. The musicians participate on many levels, whether as core members, soloists, or contributors to the exceptionally creative programming ideas that bring Tafelmusik concerts to life and make them fully relevant in a 21st-century context.   

Bach and His World 

Who are the baroque craftsmen who helped J.S. Bach realize his genius? From the moment that Bach was inspired to create a new orchestral work, he required the talents and labour of dozens of artisans and performers to bring his music to life.  Bach and His World is a performance of stunning works by Bach, including Sinfonias from BWV 249a and BWV 11, the Third Brandenburg Concerto, and excerpts from the First Orchestral Suite.  Our performance of instrumental works by Bach explores the fascinating personalities who carved violins, hand pulled brass harpsichord strings and tapped pine trees for the resin that would set gut strings into vibration. The concert is a guide to the craft of baroque performance and a celebration of all those who helped J.S. Bach realize his genius and create the musical legacy which still reverberates in our world today.   

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