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May 7, 2013

An Artists’ Affair ~ A Mediterranean Medley

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Celebrating the Partnership of Arts & Health 
takes place on Thursday May 9, 2013 

Proceeds of gala concert to support the Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre 
at Toronto Western Hospital and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir.
 
(Toronto, ON) – On Thursday May 9, the Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre, Toronto Western Hospital University Health Network (UHN) and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir host An Artists’ Affair: Celebrating the Partnership of Arts & Health, a unique fundraising celebration supporting vital investment in artists’ healthcare at the Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre and the artistic and artist training activities of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir. 
 
Founding Co-Chairs, Dr. Michael Baker and Tafelmusik’s Music Director Jeanne Lamon will welcome 300 guests, including Master of Ceremonies R.H. Thomson, and special guests Karen Kain, Mavis Staines, Lise-Marie Jourdain, Christopher Body, Marc Jordan and Amy Sky to the fourth annual extravaganza, held at The Carlu.  Sun Life Financial is the event’s Centre Stage Sponsor.
 
An Artists’ Affair Artistic Producer Veronica Tennant has created a dynamic gala programme hosted by R.H. Thomson, featuring performances by Tafelmusik and many of Canada’s top performing artists in music and dance. The evening will include a special performance by The National Ballet Canada’s Principal Dancer, Sonia Rodriguez, who will be performing Villanella, a work choreographed by David Allan for Veronica Tennant. Villanella was last danced by Veronica Tennant at the Metropolitan Opera in New York during the National Ballet’s season in 1989.  
 
 
The programme includes appearances by: 
 
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, Jeanne Lamon, Music Director
Vesuvius Ensemble, performing with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Sonia Rodriguez, Villanella 
Jean Stillwell and Robert Kortgaard, La Vie en Rose and Habanera from Carmen 
Djanet Sears, monologue, The Healthy Artist 
Athan Katsos Aegean Trio, Greek fusion music  
 
 
EVENT DETAILS:
 
Date: Thursday May 9, 2013
Time: Reception at 6:00 pm | Dinner and performances at 7:00 pm
Location: The Carlu 
Master of Ceremonies: R.H. Thomson  
Special Guests:
  • Karen Kain
  • Lise-Marie Jourdain 
  • Christopher Body 
  • Marc Jordan 
  • Amy Sky
 
EVENT BACKGROUNDER:
 
This is the fourth year that the Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre, Toronto Western Hospital, UHN and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir have worked together on this extraordinary fundraising event to support Tafelmusik’s artistic activities, and the remarkable Al & Malka Green Artist Health Centre at the Toronto Western Hospital. Last year’s event raised over $330,000. 
 
The Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre at Toronto Western Hospital provides essential health care support to creative and performing artists, in addition to advancing research and education initiatives. Opened in 2002, it is the first such centre – focused solely on artists’ health – in the world. Repetitive strain injury, musculoskeletal chronic injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome are just a handful of health conditions that can prevent professional musicians or dancers from performing. The Artists’ Health Centre has assisted thousands of artists in the GTA and beyond.  
 
Juno Award winning Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. Tafelmusik performs over 50 concerts a year at home in Toronto, tours extensively around the world, has released more than 80 CDs, and has received nine JUNO Awards. Tafelmusik has gained the admiration of the arts and business communities for the quality and creativity of its education and artist training programmes, which are helping to developing the next generation of performers and audience members.
 
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To schedule a photo, please call:
 
Heather Peacock
Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
416.340.4800 ext. 8585
or 647-984-4366
 
Luisa Trisi
Media Relations 
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
416. 456.0499 or 416. 481.1161