Feb 19, 2021

Meet Marco: Concert Filmmaker

Marco Libretti is a digital content producer and Director of Photography. Originally from Milan, Italy, he moved to Toronto in 2012. Our Fall and Winter Digital Seasons features Libretti’s work—most recently, for our Il Seicento concert. Get to know more about the man behind the camera with our Q&A below.

Feb 16, 2021

An Il Seicento Cocktail and Mocktail Recipe, from Bartender Alana Nogueda

One of many advantages to virtual concerts is the privilege of enjoying your favourite libation in the comfort of your own home. And our next concert, Il Seicento, highlights the ambitious, experimental energy of the music scene in 17th-century Italy.

With those two points in mind, Tafelmusik collaborated with Alana Nogueda—part owner and Beverage Director of The Shameful Tiki Room Toronto—to design a cocktail created especially for Il Seicento. Just like our concert, this drink is ambitious and energetic, and is the perfect pairing to our musical program.

Feb 16, 2021

Il Seicento: Curator's Notes

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An introduction to Il Seicento by Music Director Elisa Citterio

Elisa Citterio. Photo by Daniel Banko, Banko Media

Feb 4, 2021

From Politics to Protests: Music’s Role in Resistance

Tafel Talks: Music as Resistance moderator and panelists, headshots in montage with a white diamond in the centre.

What does it mean to push back against persecution, oppression, and injustice—and what role does music play as a catalyst for this resistance?

Jan 26, 2021

Divertimento: Curator's Notes

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An introduction to Close Encounters: Divertimento by program curator and violist Patrick G. Jordan

Divert (verb): To draw away from fatiguing or serious occupations; pleasurably to excite the mind or attract the attention; to entertain, amuse. [Oxford English Dictionary]

Dec 22, 2020

The New Normal Q&A: Production Manager David Costello

In The New Normal—our new interview series—we speak to the musicians and staff of Tafelmusik, to ask how working and performing in new ways has changed our routines, and our operations as a performing arts organization.

In this interview, we sat down with David Costello, our Production Manager, to hear his perspective on how this “new normal” has affected his work and life.

Dec 17, 2020

Scattered Voices: A Reflection on Choral Singing and Community

What does singing collectively mean for community—and why does it feel especially important during the holidays? How did we sing together during this difficult year?

In this article, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir soprano Carrie Loring draws from experience and anecdotes to express the incomparable magic of choral singing, and why it is such an integral part of the festive season.


Scattered Voices: A Reflection on Choral Singing and Community
Carrie Loring, soprano

Dec 15, 2020

Christmas Blockbusters

Christmas Blockbusters: portraits of Bach and Handel overlaid with green and red

Here at Tafelmusik, performances of Handel Messiah are an annual tradition. Also a favourite of ours, Bach Christmas Oratorio was last performed by the orchestra in December 2015, and was scheduled to be performed this season—until the pandemic affected our ability to gather for live performances.

Dec 7, 2020

A Tafelmusik Christmas: Curator's Notes

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An introduction to A Tafelmusik Christmas by Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Director Ivars Taurins

Ivars Taurins, Director, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

Dec 1, 2020

The New Normal Q&A: Baritone Keith Lam


Baritone Keith Lam performing with Tafelmusik, November 2019. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

In The New Normal—our interview series—we speak to the musicians and staff of Tafelmusik, to ask how working and performing in new ways has changed our routines, and our operations as a performing arts organization.