Bach: Keeping it in the Family

Guest Directed by Alfredo Bernardini, oboe, and Cecilia Bernardini, violin

Bach: Keeping it in the Family

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Wed Apr 5 at 7pm, Thu Apr 6, Fri Apr 7, Sat Apr 8 at 8pm, Sun Apr 9 at 3:30pm Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall Map BUY TICKETS

Guest Directed by Alfredo Bernardini, oboe, and Cecilia Bernardini, violin

“A sparkling and scintillating performance that was delivered in a comprehensively period style.” – The Herald (on Cecilia)

The father/daughter team of oboist Alfredo Bernardini and violinist Cecilia Bernardini co-lead this concert exploring the family genius of J.S. Bach and his eldest sons. Get to know the music of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, whose work is full of quirk and surprise, and Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, whose music straddles both the baroque and classical eras, as well as C.P.E.’s godfather, Georg Philipp Telemann.

Both returning to Tafelmusik following acclaimed appearances in past seasons, daughter and father will take turns centre stage as soloist on J.S. Bach’s exuberant Concerto for violin in E Major, and C.P.E. Bach’s Concerto for oboe in E-flat Major, respectively.

Pre-Concert Chats
All ticket holders are invited to attend our free Pre-Concert Chats at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. Join us one hour before each performance to listen to a panel discussion with oboist John Abberger and violinist Julia Wedman, moderated by Hannah French. Dr. French is a freelance musicologist, broadcaster, and baroque flautist.

Join us after the performance on Wednesday, April 5 for a free informal discussion with our musicians and guest artists.

Public Guest Artist Masterclass
Oboist Alfredo Bernardini offers a Guest Artist Masterclass on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. He will work with emerging artists on Baroque flute, oboe, & bassoon.
Tafelmusik’s Guest Artist Masterclasses are open to the public and admission is free (donations are appreciated).

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  • J.S. Bach Ouverture BWV 194A, reconst. by A. Bernardini (Leipzig, 1723)**

  • J.S. Bach Concerto for violin in E Major, BWV 1042*
    Cecilia Bernardini, violin soloist

  • C.P.E. Bach Concerto for oboe in E-flat Major, W1. 165 (Hamburg, 1765)**
    Alfredo Bernardini, oboe soloist


  • W.F. Bach Sinfonia in F Major, Fk 67 (Dresden, 1735–40)*

  • G.P. Telemann Orchestral suite in D Minor, TWV 55:d3 (Frankfurt/Hamburg)**

* Recorded by Tafelmusik
** First time performed on the Tafelmusik stage

Concert run time: Approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes including intermission.