This was originally published on May 20, 2016.
Guest blog post by Ieva Lucs
To connect the inconceivable struggle and heartbreak of the Syrian refugee crisis with something as mundane as a cup of coffee may seem like an impossible task. Tafelmusik, Canada’s award-winning baroque orchestra, however, find themselves drawing that bizarre parallel in their new show opening in Toronto on Thursday.
By Ivars Taurins
"Neil Crory?” the general populous may ask “… who was he?”
To those of us who had the good fortune to work with him, he was the master weaver who helped create the rich cultural fabric of Canada and the CBC.
By Sarah Baumann, Marketing Director
This week, as part of our holiday-themed concert Sound the Trumpet!, we'll be transforming the Trinity-St. Paul's Centre gymnasium into a Christmas market for our patrons at intermission.
By Mara Brown, Senior Operations Manager
There is renovation excitement at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre this summer – the east basement downstairs washrooms are being revitalized!
Soprano Emily Yocum Black joins us at TBSI this season from Paducah, Kentucky. TBSI, the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, is an intense two week course that includes masterclasses, orchestra and choir rehearsals, chamber ensembles, private lessons, dance classes, opera scene study, and an array of lectures and workshops.
Our upcoming 40th season is a time for celebration, and as with all anniversaries, a chance for reflection, particularly for those orchestra members who have been with us since the beginning.
Christina Mahler, cello, and Alison Mackay, double bass, have recently let us know that they will be retiring from the orchestra after the 2018/19 season.
In a previous issue of a Tafelmusik house program, Christina Mahler introduced you to the cello she plays in baroque repertoire, made by José Contreras c.1740. In our issue for Beethoven "Pastoral" Symphony, she introduces her second instrument, a later instrument made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume c.1840.
By Christina Mahler, cello
Julia Wedman playing her Jacobs violin at Handel House in London.
By Julia Wedman