Tafelmusik Blog

Sep 26, 2013

Only one week until opening night at Trinity-St. Paul's, Jeanne Lamon Hall!

Revitalization, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, new seats
Photo by Martin Reis
Sep 18, 2013

Dominic Teresi's 'My Musik'

J.D. Zelenka: Sonatas for two oboes and bassoon, played by Ensemble Zefiro | I start with this amazing recording because it is perhaps the beginning of my acquaintance and subsequent love affair with period woodwind instruments. I first came in contact with it while in grad school at Yale.

Sep 18, 2013

Patrick Jordan's 'My Musik'

First off, I have to admit that as is the case with some professional musicians, I don’t do a lot of listening to music for recreation! Most of the time when I’m listening, I’m concentrating very hard, which isn’t a break. As a general rule, I’m pretty likely to be listening to CBC 1 or a baseball game.

Sep 18, 2013

Aisslinn Nosky's 'My Musik'

Aisslinn reflects on some of the music from her “relaxation playlist.”

Sep 11, 2013

Only 3 weeks until opening night at Trinity-St. Paul's!

Following the recommendations from acclaimed acoustician Bob Essert, whose projects include the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory, worn carpets were removed and the floors repaired to give a bloom to the sound and enhance the bass frequencies.

Aug 15, 2013

8 weeks until opening night Trinity-St. Paul's !

Progress continues on the renovations at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre. The framework of the new and expanded stage is in place, and the acoustic baffling along the orchestra wall is being erected.
New paint on the ceiling vaults, demanding full scaffolding and hours of precise workmanship, will make a great impact on the revitalized space. Inspired by the original historical design, the new paint is a welcome update to the the former green throughout the hall.
Jul 18, 2013

Renovations at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre continues (despite the heat!)

With the orchestra level pews removed, scaffolding has been erected throughout the hall to accommodate painting the ceiling.The inspiration for the paint harkens back to the original design with a fresh face-lift to the space.

Jul 18, 2013

Buried Treasures

We’re very excited about what the renovation means for the future. But all the digging and foundation-laying has led to the discovery of some lost mementos from Tafelmusik’s past.

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.

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.