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Feb 12, 2013

Historical Connections - Ontario Tour, February 12, 2013

Christopher Verrette, violin

...times like these are opportunities to get some preparation done for whatever is coming next for the busy musicians of Tafelmusik. Especially with a tour of the memorised House of Dreams show not too far over the horizon, we like to take advantage of being gathered together for "playdates" for grownups (if we qualify).

Feb 11, 2013

Time Travelling and Snowstorms - Ontario Tour, February 11, 2013

Christopher Verrette, violin

Setting out on tour often reminds me of the opening chapter of La Lenteur, by Milan Kundera, in which a scene of fast-paced modern traffic leads to a reflection on a very different journey taken in an eighteenth-century tale and culminates in an encounter between two characters from different eras.

Dec 6, 2012

Making Music - French Baroque Christmas, December 5, 2012

Francine Labelle, soprano

I should have been a cello player. Tonight’s first performance of the French Baroque Christmas series reminded me that I need to go through my closet and find the comfiest shoes in my extensive collection. Indeed, we get to stand on our feet for a long time in this concert. That’s why I envy all cellists. Mind you, I don’t have to buy an extra seat for my instrument when I travel; so, the quest for comfortable footwear continues.

Dec 3, 2012

A Whirlwind Tour Finale - Western Canada Tour, December 2, 2012

Aisslinn Nosky, violin

Yesterday started in the mid-morning with a pleasant drive from Saskatoon to Regina. Before we boarded the bus a mini fashion show broke out in the hotel lobby as several orchestra members showed off some extremely warm sweaters and coats they had picked up during our hours off in Saskatoon. The weather stayed clear enough that we could enjoy the beautiful prairie sky rolling along outside the comfortable warmth of the coach.

Nov 30, 2012

From Salmon to Snow - Western Canada Tour, November 30, 2012

Aisslinn Nosky, violin

The day after the performance in Nanaimo was a day off in the schedule for the orchestra to rest and recuperate before travelling out to Saskatoon, Regina and Calgary. Most of the orchestra spent the day in Victoria and I stayed in Nanaimo to visit with my parents. We had a lovely day socialising before my parents drove me back down to Victoria so that I could travel with the orchestra the next day.

Nov 30, 2012

Seals and Pelicans - French Baroque Christmas, November 30, 2012

Francine Labelle, soprano

On the menu this time is music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. The French Baroque Christmas programme is comprised of the Christmas oratorio In nativitatem, and the gorgeous Messe à huit voix. Of course, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit is better known, but I trust Toronto audiences will relish in these two works. In fact, if you are looking for something a little different this holiday season, this is for you.

Nov 29, 2012

Homecoming - Western Canada Tour, November 27, 2012

Aisslinn Nosky, violin

Yesterday we headed from Victoria up to Duncan to play at the Cowichan Valley Theatre presented by the Cowichan Symphony Society. As the bus drove over the rugged terrain, the orchestra enjoyed beautiful views of the Sidney peninsula and Saanich Inlet.

Nov 26, 2012

A Voyage to Vancouver Island - Western Canada Tour, November 24, 2012

Aisslinn Nosky, violin

Tour day 2 started with a very beautiful sunrise in Vancouver. It was very mild and I took a brief walk around Lonsdale Quay in order to soak up the view and the fresh ocean smells before we boarded the bus to head to the ferry. It was a beautiful day for the crossing and all of the orchestra could be spotted on the outside decks trying to capture the view with assorted smartphones and cameras.

Nov 24, 2012

A Rock Star Greeting - Western Canada Tour, November 23, 2012

Aisslinn Nosky, violin

I am always excited to be touring with Tafelmusik, but our trips which include B.C. fill me with a heightened sense of excitement because as well as turning new audiences on to our performances, I get to re-connect with family and old friends because I grew up in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island.