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Mar 10, 2014

Canada's Most Active Touring Orchestra Returns to Carnegie Hall, March 17

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“That the musical performance, through it all, was of the highest order hardly needs saying … the bursts of virtuosity were too widespread and numerous to list.” — New York Times
Toronto (Canada), March 6, 2014 … Tafelmusik, Canada’s most active touring orchestra, returns to Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York City on March 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM. The programme includes music by Bach and Handel, as well as repertoire by the French composers Michel Richard Delalande and Marin Marais. In the words of Gramophone magazine, Tafelmusik is “… one of the world’s top baroque orchestras, exemplary in every way from their generous but clear-voiced sound to their nicely judged responses to the music’s many details.”  
Tafelmusik’s Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 garnered acclaim from The New York Times, which stated, “Tafelmusik offered a vigorous and well-paced interpretation, with stately, buoyant and crisply etched playing … elegant phrasing and lithe clarity.” The New York Times also praised the orchestra’s return engagement in 2011, saying, “Tafelmusik mixed insight, assurance and visceral engagement in works to show stylistic crosspollination among Baroque composers.”
Tafelmusik is honoured to have long-time partner, CIBC Mellon, as the sponsor of its appearance at Carnegie Hall.  “CIBC Mellon is thrilled to play its part in bringing Tafelmusik back to Carnegie Hall. We have supported Tafelmusik for many years, including the orchestra’s past appearances at Carnegie Hall, and as a Past Board Chair of the organization, I look at this return invitation with great warmth and pride for the orchestra,” said David Linds, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Relationship Management of CIBC Mellon.
A discography of more than 80 recordings has helped Tafelmusik build its excellent reputation across Canada and abroad. In November 2013, a DVD/CD recording of Alison Mackay’s House of Dreams programme was released on the Tafelmusik Media label and has been nominated for a JUNO Award. On March 25, Tafelmusik will release a new Beethoven set recorded live in concert at Koerner Hall under the direction of conductor Bruno Weil, featuring Symphonies  nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4, and the overtures to Coriolan and Prometheus.  
Tafelmusik maintains a rigorous schedule of touring engagements, spending an average of 7 to 12 weeks each season on the road with tours. In May 2014, Tafelmusik joins long-time collaborators Opera Atelier for performances of Lully's Persée at the Palace of Versailles, France - the second such engagement in as many years. Tafelmusik concludes its 2013/14 touring season in June with a prestigious debut as Orchestra-in-Residence at BachFest Leipzig, in Bach’s historic home city. Last November, the orchestra completed a tour of Japan and South Korea featuring Alison Mackay’s multi-media concert The Galileo Project, which has been seen in Australia, New Zealand, China (in Mandarin), Malaysia, Mexico (in Spanish), Canada, and the United States.
Last month, Tafelmusik won the 2012/13 season Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) Award for Touring Artist of the Year. The CAPACOA awards recognize excellence in the field of live performance touring and presenting in Canada. The Touring Artist of the Year award recognizes performers whose professionalism and cooperative spirit enhance their relationship with presenters.  
Carnegie Hall programme:
Francesco Maria Veracini   Overture in G Minor 
Michel-Richard de Lalande La grande pièce royale: Suite de simphonies pour le souper du roi       (Edition by Lionel Sawkins)
Bach   Concerto for 2 violins in D Minor, BWV 1043 
Vivaldi   Concerto for 2 cellos in G Minor, RV 531 
Marin Marais   Suite from Alcyone
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1979 and led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon since 1981, is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. The orchestra performs more than 50 concerts each year at home in Toronto, and travels extensively around the world to such places as this season's tour destinations: Japan and South Korea, Carnegie Hall in New York City, BachFest Leipzig in Germany, cities across Ontario, and a tour with Opera Atelier to Versailles, France. The choir and orchestra’s multi-platform recording label Tafelmusik Media was launched in January 2012, along with the Watch and Listen site, Tafelmusik‘s digital concert hall. Tafelmusik has a rich discography of more than 80 CDs recorded on the Sony Classical, CBC Records, Analekta and Tafelmusik Media labels. Since 1991, Tafelmusik has received nine JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and operates its annual artist training programmes, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Tafelmusik Winter Institute.