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May 1, 2020

Goldberg Variations, no. 1 and no. 30, Arranged by Elisa Citterio

Tafelmusik takes the music of Bach online with newly recorded excerpts of the Goldberg Variations in an original orchestral arrangement by Music Director Elisa Citterio. Originally scheduled for live performance earlier this month, the world premiere of Citterio’s arrangement of this masterpiece was to be a major highlight of Tafelmusik’s 2019/20 season, before the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of several concerts. 

Apr 25, 2020

Pippa Explains the Violone

Double bassist Pippa Macmillan gives a mini lesson of the violone in this short casual video from last summer. We look forward to being outdoors with friends and family again soon.

Apr 19, 2020

Ivars Taurins Introduces His #SongsOfComfort

In March, amid the developing pandemic, Yo-Yo Ma initiated a collaborative online movement called #SongsOfComfort: he encouraged people to create and share music from their home, and use the #SongsOfComfort hashtag on social media platforms to showcase their creations.

Apr 18, 2020

Record Store Day with #TafelmusikTogether

Today would have been Record Store Day, but we're not flooding our favourite shops for all the right reasons. In this video, Andrew Eusebio, Tafelmusik marketing coordinator, shares his top 5 classical albums that he’s been listening to while working from home. But don’t fret! Record Store Day has been rescheduled for June 20, 2020.

Below are links to listen to and learn more about the records mentioned in the video.

Apr 16, 2020

Grégoire Jeay introduces The Phantom of Goldberg

Grégoire Jeay, composer.

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 welcome Grégoire Jeay, who was commissioned to compose a new work for solo harpsichord for our Goldberg Variations program in April.

Grégoire Jeay introduces The Phantom of Goldberg

Apr 15, 2020

Tafelmusik's Team, Together

This #TafelmusikTogether video features members of the orchestra and choir, and administrative team. We at Tafelmusik wanted to convey the humanity and breadth of our team, at home, but still together despite the current situation.

Apr 15, 2020

Pippa Plays Dittersdorf for #TafelmusikTogether

How are you spending your time at home? Our double bassist, Pippa Macmillan, has been teaching abroad. In this video, she practices Dittersdorf’s 1st Bass Concerto, for a student who lives in Spain.

Apr 13, 2020

Bach and the German Musical Passion, Part 2

Welcome to the second part of our Members' Music Academy Lecture! Presented by Ann Monoyios, this lecture—the final of a two-part series—explores Bach's world, the path that led him to Leipzig, and his St John Passion.

Members' Music Academies offer donors of $300 and above the opportunity to dig deeper into themes explored in Tafelmusik programming. These informal, and insightful discussions are led by Tafelmusik musicians and invited guest speakers.

Apr 12, 2020

Get to know Will Johnson, tenor

Will Johnson has sung in the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir since 2000. We sat down with Will to learn a bit more about him and his two passions in life—singing and rock climbing. This Q&A was originally scheduled to appear in print in the house program of A Handel Celebration.

Tafelmusik: When did you first start singing and when did you decide to pursue it professionally?

Apr 11, 2020

Thomas Georgi builds a violin, Part 8

Tafelmusik violinist Thomas Georgi is making progress on his violin build as part of #TafelmusikTogether. In this update, Tom shares a family connection while working on the nut.