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Directed by Ivars Taurins
â€śIvars Taurinsâ€¦allowed the many internal voices to be heard clearly, letting the music loose when Bachâ€™s spirit called for it.â€ť â€“ The Globe and Mail
Tafelmusikâ€™s own Ivars TaurinsÂ has assembled a unique and truly vibrant musical tapestry of excerpts from J.S. Bachâ€™s choral andÂ orchestral music, both new and familiar. The second concert this season to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, no Tafelmusik anniversary is complete without Bach!
The programÂ includes spirited choruses fromÂ the Lutheran Mass in G Major,Â glorious chorales (includingÂ the beloved â€śJesu, joy ofÂ manâ€™s desiringâ€ť), and a brandÂ new orchestral version ofÂ the sparkling Italian Concerto.
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 David Fallis, Artistic Director of the TorontoÂ Consort, discuss various aspects of the concert. The Chats will take place in the Gymnasium.
A special note from harpsichordist Charlotte Nediger:
"Bach wrote the Italian Concerto for solo harpsichord, in imitation ofÂ a typical but imaginary Vivaldi concerto for strings, with solo violins.Â We decided to 'imagine' how the Italian string concerto in Bach's mind might have sounded. Ivars (my husband, choir director Ivars Taurins)Â and I sat down during the Christmas break and transformed the keyboardÂ score into an orchestral score, assigning the existing music among the various instruments, and adding inner voices here and there as needed.Â It was a fun project! Even more fun was hearing it for the first timeÂ at the orchestra's first rehearsal. To our great relief, itÂ works very well! Musicians chimed in with little tweaks to some ofÂ the added parts. And soloists Julia Wedman and Tricia Ahern soundÂ great! We are very excited about introducing the new concerto to you, our audience."
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