Program notes by Dominic Teresi, bassoon
The premiere of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail was advertised in Vienna on July 16, 1782. Just four days later the young composer wrote to his father in Salzburg: "Now I have no small task: by Sunday week I have to arrange my opera for wind band, otherwise someone will step in front of me and take the profit.”
In our 2019/20 Season, we are exploring how "old" can meet "new." This theme runs across our season in many ways, including six short new works by living composers written to complement the programs.
We are delighted to introduce Cecilia Livingston, whose new work for wind sextet will premiere in Gone with the Winds this January.
Tafelmusik: Tell us a little about yourself, and how you started composing music.
Tafelmusik’s education concerts have introduced live baroque and classical music for free to many children. We work directly with schools from different communities across the GTA, who lack access to enhanced musical education programs, to ensure that all children can explore the magic of music in an engaging and interactive way. With the recent financial cuts in the public school education system, these opportunities for children are more precious than ever.
Program Notes by Lucas Harris, Tafelmusik lutenist and member of Vesuvius Ensemble
For centuries, the sound of the zampogna, special bagpipes played by shepherds, has been a central part of Italian Christmas festivities. You'll hear this fabulous folk instrument in O Come, Shepherds, blending baroque Italian Christmas concertos with the heartfelt Christmas music of Southern Italy, performed by Toronto's own Vesuvius Ensemble with special guest artist, Tommaso Sollazzo on the zampogna.
We reached out to this season's Messiah soloists to find out a bit more about them. Enjoy!
Margot Rood, soprano
Lucile Richardot, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Peter Harvey, baritone
By Carol Kehoe, Executive Director
Working at Tafelmusik, I’m keenly attune to “joy”. If you believe like I do that happy people are instrumental in creating healthy, sustainable cities, then you seek out those experiences that create a sense of wonder, awe and beauty that make you feel one with the world.
In keeping with the message of peace, charity, and goodwill at the heart of Handel’s Messiah
, Tafelmusik is excited to partner with Evergreen this holiday season. One dollar from each Messiah ticket sold will go towards revitalizing the Don River Valley for the Toronto community.
Water Jewels by Clare Ross
In keeping with our 2019/20 Season theme of “old meets new” we are thrilled to share the work of some of Canada’s and the world’s most exciting contemporary artists as part of our season campaign.