Apr 19, 2017

Music Director Designate Elisa Citterio and Ivars Taurins Co-direct 2016/17 Season Grand Finale May 4 to 7, 2017 at Koerner Hall

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Program features Mozart Mass in C Minor and Haydn Symphony No. 98

Toronto, April 19, 2017 … Tafelmusik’s thrilling season finale sees the return of Elisa Citterio for the first time since the January announcement of her appointment as Music Director. The “superb” Italian violinist (The Guardian)joins Tafelmusik Chamber Choir director Ivars Taurins May 4 to 7, 2017 at Koerner Hall to co-direct a program of works by Haydn and Mozart. One hour before each performance, Citterio joins writer and broadcast Robert Harris for a pre-concert chat about the concert repertoire and her new role with Tafelmusik.

The program opens with Haydn’s Symphony No. 98 in B-flat Major directed from the violin by Elisa Citterio. Premiered in March 1792, the symphony was composed soon after Haydn learned of the untimely death of his close friend, Mozart. Though Tafelmusik has performed and recorded the music of Haydn extensively, these concerts mark the orchestra’s debut performances of Symphony No. 98.

Ivars Taurins directs the second half of the program, Mozart’s transcendent Mass in C Minor featuring the choir, orchestra, and guest soloists, sopranos Julia Doyle and Joanne Lunn. Also featured as soloists are members of Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and alumni of Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute Asitha Tennekoon, tenor, and Joel Allison, bass-baritone.

The Mass in C Minor was first performed at St. Peter’s Church in Salzburg on October 23, 1783, with Mozart’s wife Constanze singing one of the solo soprano parts. Though the influence of earlier masters Handel and Bach are evident, the work remains a sublime expression of Mozart’s originality and creativity. These performances of the Mass in C Minor mark the culmination of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir’s remarkable 35th anniversary season. 

Prior to the Koerner Hall concerts, Elisa Citterio joins Tafelmusik as concertmaster for Opera Atelier’s presentation of Medea by Charpentier, April 22 to 29 at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre, and May 19, 20, and 21, at the Royal Palace of Versailles, France.

Elisa Citterio is presented in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Italian violinist Elisa Citterio is renowned for her stunning virtuoso performances on baroque violin and her innovative approach to period performance. In January 2017, she was appointed Music Director of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir.

Citterio divides her artistic life between orchestral work, including her former role as concertmaster and soloist with the orchestra of the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, and an intense schedule as a chamber musician. She has recorded and toured, often as leader or concertmaster, with such ensembles as Dolce & Tempesta, Europa Galante, Accademia Bizantina, Accordone, Zefiro, la Venexiana, La Risonanza, Ensemble 415, Concerto Italiano, Orquestra del Monsalvat, Il Giardino Armonico, and Orchestra Academia 1750. Since 2004 she has been a member of the Orchestra del Teatro della Scala di Milano.

Born and educated in Lancaster, British soprano Julia Doyle read Social and Political Sciences alongside a Choral Scholarship at Cambridge. She made her professional debuts singing Handel’s Messiah with The King’s Consort and Britten Sinfonia / Polyphony, and has since performed all over the world and become established as a specialist soprano in baroque repertoire. Recent and future engagements include Vivaldi Juditha Triumphans at the Concertgebouw, Palace of Versailles, and Theater an der Wien; Handel Aci, Galatea e Polifemo at Halle Handel Festival; and recordings of Bach St. John Passion with J.S. Bach Stiftung and Handel Occasional Oratorio with Bayerische Rundfunk. This is Julia’s second appearance with Tafelmusik.

British soprano Joanne Lunn is a leading baroque specialist, in demand throughout Europe. Her relationship with Bach Collegium Japan regularly takes her to Japan, and she has performed in venues such as Wiener Konzerthaus, the Mariinsky Concert Hall, the Tonhalle (Zürich), and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow). Joanne performs regularly with Concerto Copenhagen, Cappella Amsterdam, Ensemble Pygmalion, and Knabenchor Hannover. She has also worked with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Monteverdi Choir, Academy of Ancient, Les Musiciens du Louvre, and at the Handel Göttingen Festival, and has sung with Tafelmusik on numerous occasions.

Equally at home conducting symphonic and choral repertoire, Ivars Taurins is the founding director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. He was also violist of the Tafelmusik Orchestra for its first 23 years. Ivars works regularly with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and appears as guest director with orchestras and choirs across the country, from Halifax to Victoria. A passionate educator, Ivars Taurins teaches orchestral conducting and directs the Collegium Musicum at the University of Toronto, teaches conducting at the Glenn Gould School, and has been a guest teacher/conductor at universities and with youth choirs and orchestras across Canada.

Elisa Citterio joins writer and broadcaster Robert Harris for pre-concert chat one hour before each concert.

Post-concert Talk Back sessions take place after each performance in the concert hall.

A Tafelscene 35 & under intermission party takes place at the concert on Saturday May 6

Soprano Joanne Lunn offers a Guest Artist Masterclass on Saturday May 6 from 1 to 3 pm at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. Free admission and open to the public.

Listing information:

2016/17 Season Grand Finale with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, co-directed by Music Director Designate Elisa Citterio and Choir Director Ivars Taurins

Dates & Times: Thu May 4, Fri May 5, Sat May 6, 2017 at 8pm Sun May 7 at 3:30pm

Ticket Prices: Regular: Start at $49 | 65+: Start at $40 | 35 & Under: Start at $26

Venue: Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning 273 Bloor Street West

Box Office: Koerner Hall, Weston Family Box Office: (416) 408-0208

Program: Haydn Symphony no. 98 in B-flat Major | Directed by Elisa Citterio, violin
Mozart Mass in C Minor | Directed by Ivars Taurins

Website: www.tafelmusik.org 

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ABOUT TAFELMUSIK

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded as a registered charity in 1979, is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. In January 2017 the orchestra appointed violinist Elisa Citterio as Music Director, succeeding Jeanne Lamon, who stepped down in 2014 following a remarkable 33-year tenure that began in 1981. Lamon continues her association with Tafelmusik as Music Director Emerita. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. The orchestra performs some 80 concerts each year at home in Toronto, and travels extensively around the world. 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 discography of 80-plus CDs has been 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 annual artist training programs, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Tafelmusik Winter Institute. Managing Director William Norris joined the Tafelmusik team in 2015.

2016/17 SEASON PARTNERS

Tafelmusik wishes to thank the following for their generous support: RBC Emerging Artists Project for its generous support of Tafelmusik Winter Institute; BMO Financial Group, RBC Foundation, TD Bank Group, John and Margaret Catto, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Great West Life, London Life, Canada Life, Hal Jackman Foundation, KPMG, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Classical 96.3 FM and NOW Magazine. Tafelmusik is a proud partner of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor.

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