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Apr 8, 2014

Tafelmusik celebrates Music Director Jeanne Lamon’s 33 years of extraordinary leadership with special concerts May 8 to 14

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“Jeanne Lamon has developed a crack ensemble which, in the main baroque and classical repertoires from Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach and Handel to Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven (with a few rarities to spell them off), can be counted upon to give superb, idiomatic performances.” —The Globe and Mail
 
Toronto (Canada), April 8, 2014 … Tafelmusik’s 2013/14 Toronto season closes with a special series of concerts marking Jeanne Lamon’s final Toronto programme as full-time Music Director. “A Celebration of Jeanne Lamon” is a tribute to Lamon’s remarkable 33-season tenure at the helm of one of Canada’s most successful international performing arts organizations. The concerts take place at Trinity-St. Paul’s, Jeanne Lamon Hall on May 8, 9, 10, 11 and 14, and at George Weston Recital Hall on May 13. Next month, a limited edition commemorative CD featuring highlights from Jeanne Lamon’s recordings will be released on the Tafelmusik Media label. Tafelscene, Tafelmusik’s 35 & Under Young Audience programme, will be hosting an intermission party with musicians on Saturday May 10. 
 
“A Celebration of Jeanne Lamon” is a tapestry of musical memories including a selection of Jeanne Lamon’s favourite pieces by Monteverdi, Marini, Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, and Rameau, and music by Baroque composers chosen by the Tafelmusik audience. To honour Ms. Lamon, musicians from the orchestra and the Tafelmusik family — including Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Director Ivars Taurins, and conductors Bruno Weil and David Fallis — have composed their own variations based on music by Henry Purcell from King Arthur, Abdelazar, and the Chacony in G Minor. 
 
In her programme notes, Lamon draws an analogy between the patchwork of cherished music for these concerts and quilt making: “In making a quilt, we reuse and repurpose scraps of fabric that are meaningful to us in some way. But none of the bits are complete in their original form. After all, memories do not come in tidy rational packages, like well-constructed musical movements, but as fragments that float by, dreamlike, in illogical form and order. The resultant musical journey is my way of expressing the deep gratitude that I feel for everyone that has made my time at Tafelmusik so special.” 
 
Under Lamon’s artistic direction since 1981, Tafelmusik has achieved an enviable international stature and is considered “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras” (Gramophone Magazine). During Lamon’s tenure, Tafelmusik has grown from its modest beginnings to the world-renowned, cutting-edge period ensemble it is today, reaching millions of people through extensive touring, critically-acclaimed recordings, broadcasts, new media, and artistic/community partnerships. 
 
Jeanne Lamon will assume the role of Chief Artistic Advisor during the search for her successor in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, and will work on developing the Tafelmusik International Baroque Academy (TIBA). She will continue to perform with the orchestra for specific Toronto and touring programmes during the next two seasons, and will lead artistic planning until Tafelmusik’s new Music Director is appointed. Following the May concerts, Ms. Lamon will lead Tafelmusik in its debut concerts June 13 to 21 as Orchestra-in-Residence at BachFest Leipzig in Bach’s historic home city. She will also participate as a faculty member for the annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto from May 26 to June 8, 2014. 
 
Described as "a toweringly influential figure in the musical life of Canada" by the Canada Council for the Arts, Jeanne Lamon began to specialize in baroque violin in the early 1970s, during her studies in Amsterdam with Sigiswald Kuijken. In 1980, Lamon was invited to Toronto by Tafelmusik’s founders, Kenneth Solway and Susan Graves, and was appointed Music Director in 1981. In 2000, Lamon was named to the Order of Canada. She has won numerous other awards and distinctions, including the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Toronto Musicians’ Association, the Order of Ontario, honorary degrees from York University and Mount Saint Vincent University, the Muriel Sherrin Award, the Prix Alliance, the Joan Chalmers Award, the Canada Council's Molson Prize, the Toronto Musicians’ Association’s Musician of the Year Award, the Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition, and the Betty Webster Award for Musical Leadership. Her most recent distinctions include an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Toronto, and Early Music America’s Howard Mayer Brown Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement in the field of early music. A complete list of awards follows. 
 
“I leave with a great deal of optimism and confidence in Tafelmusik’s future. We are blessed not only with extraordinary talent in the orchestra, but also with a hard-working and devoted staff. The success of Tafelmusik has a lot to do with the tremendous talent and dedication throughout the organization. I am certain that the orchestra and choir will absolutely thrive well into the future. The positive momentum of this artistic family is unstoppable, and Tafelmusik will always be an important part of my life,” said Ms. Lamon. 
 
Programme:
 
Audience Choice selections
G.P. Telemann Badinage & Conclusion, from Musique de Table, Book 3
J.S. Bach Vivace, from Concerto for 2 violins in D Minor, BWV 1043
Jeanne Lamon & Aisslinn Nosky violins
J.-B. Lully Passacaille, from Armide
 
Inspired by Purcell
Variations on three works by Henry Purcell, composed by Jeanne Lamon’s colleagues in honour of this special occasion
I. Song tune “Fairest Isle” from King Arthur
H. Purcell – Marco Cera – David Fallis – Bruno Weil – Patrick G. Jordan – Ivars Taurins
II. Hornpipe, from Abdelazar
Patricia Ahern – Christopher Verrette
III. Chacony in G Minor
Grégoire Jéay (Prelude for solo harpsichord) – H. Purcell – Timothy Haig – Lucas Harris – Dominic Teresi – Alison Mackay – Allen Whear – Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann – Christina Mahler – Olivier Fortin –  Mathieu Lussier – Jeanne Lamon 
 
Jeanne’s Choice
A mosaic of musical memories, chosen and arranged by Jeanne Lamon
C. Monteverdi      Sinfonias from Orfeo
B. Marini Sonata  “Sopra fuggi dolente”
C. Monteverdi     “Pur ti miro” from L’incoronazione di Poppea
A. Vivaldi             Allegro, from Concerto for strings in D Minor, RV 127
G.F. Handel         “As steals the morn” from L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
J.-P. Rameau         Air movement de gavotte lente, from Le Temple de la Gloire
J.-P. Rameau        Chaconne & Tambourins, from Dardanus
J.S. Bach                Allegro & Air, from Orchestral Suite no. 3, BWV 1068
                             “Erbarme dich” –  “O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden” – “Ich will bei meinem Jesum wachen” from St. Matthew Passion
                             “Ruht wohl” from St. John Passion
                              Allegro, from Brandenburg Concerto no. 3, BWV 1048
                              Bourrée, from Orchestral Suite no. 1, BWV 1066
 
Jeanne Lamon – Honours and Awards
2014
Appointment to The Order of Ontario
Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Toronto
Howard Mayer Brown Lifetime Achievement Award from Early Music America
2013
Tafelmusik’s venue named the Jeanne Lamon Hall at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre through a generous leadership gift from the Honourable Henry N.R. Jackman 
Lifetime Achievement Award from Toronto Musicians’ Association.
2012
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
2007
Betty Webster Award for musical leadership, from Orchestras Canada
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Mount Saint Vincent University
2006
Roy Thomson Hall Award for Exceptional Achievement in Music
Jeanne Lamon Instrument Bank created by the orchestra in honour of Jeanne Lamon’s 25th anniversary as Music Director; the bank provides emerging artists with baroque instruments and bows 
2004
Toronto Musicians’ Association Musician of the Year Award for outstanding Canadian musical achievement and artistic excellence
2000
Appointed Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her exceptional achievements as a baroque violinist, teacher, and Music Director of Tafelmusik
1998
Molson Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts for her lifelong commitment to the arts and excellence in her field. 
1997
Joan Chalmers’ National Award for Creativity and Excellence in the Arts for her artistic direction of Tafelmusik
Prix Alliance, from the Alliance Française of Toronto, for her contributions to cultural exchanges and artistic ties between Canada and France
1996
Muriel Sherrin Award, presented by the Toronto Arts Council Foundation to artists and creators who have excelled on the international stage 
1994
Honorary Doctorate of Letters from York University
 
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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.