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Feb 26, 2013

Elizabeth Wallfisch returns to Tafelmusik with A Night in Madrid

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Toronto, February 25, 2013 … Guest director and violin soloist Elizabeth Wallfisch joins Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra for A Night in Madrid, a programme of baroque music and flamenco dance inspired by Spain, March 20 to 24 at Trinity-St. Paul’s.  Dancers Esmeralda Enrique and Paloma Cortés of the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company will impart a quintessentially Spanish flavour to the evening.

Elizabeth Wallfisch is renowned as a prominent interpreter of 17th- and 18th- century violin music and as an inspiring leader and director. She has been a guest director/leader on the violin with many of the world’s period instrument orchestras, and recently formed the Wallfisch Band, a unique international period-instrument orchestra in which highly talented younger players play alongside Wallfisch and her seasoned colleagues. She first played with Tafelmusik in 2003, and over the past ten years has maintained a close relationship with the orchestra. In addition to Toronto concert performances at Trinity-St.Paul’s, Wallfisch toured Europe with Tafelmusik in May 2006 and performed with the orchestra at the Klang und Raum Festival in Irsee, Germany. Wallfisch was the featured soloist in Tafelmusik’s 2007 JUNO Award-nominated recording of Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico. An interview with Ms. Wallfisch is available at

A Night in Madrid draws on the music of Italian composers who had a strong connection with Spain. The programme opens with works by Scarlatti, Facco and Brunetti, all of whom held positions at the Spanish court. The second half of A Night in Madrid is devoted to Luigi Boccherini, who made his home in Spain and infused his work with the sounds of Spanish and gypsy folk music.  Works include the composer’s Concerto grande a più stromenti obbligati, and two pieces featuring dancers Enrique and Cortés: the highly rhythmic Fandango, G.341, and La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid, G.324, which evokes the hustle and bustle of Spain’s capital, recalling the sound of church bells, guitars, street singers and the night watchmen. 

The award winning Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company was founded in Toronto in 1982. Under the artistic direction of Esmeralda Enrique, the dancers perform finely wrought pieces that capture the essence of flamenco. The dance form’s emphasis on rhythm makes it an especially suitable companion to baroque music: “A dancer such as Enrique … can pick up the rhythms in any music and adapt her steps and movements to it. This ability to improvise is part and parcel of flamenco performance.” (Toronto Star).