Breaking Baroque Blog



Feb 9, 2017

New music for old instruments

by William Norris, Managing Director

Contemporary music and period performance may not, at first sight, be obvious bedfellows. But, it may surprise you to know, it’s an area that Tafelmusik has a track record in. In past years we have worked with composers including Mychael Danna, Emily Doolittle, Christos Hatzis, Ruth Watson Henderson, Grégoire Jeay, Marjan Mozetich, Michael Oesterle, Imant Raminsh, James Rolfe, Jeffrey Ryan, and Linda Catlin Smith to create new works for both choir and orchestra. For a period band that’s not such a bad list!

Jan 25, 2017

Welcoming Elisa Citterio to the Tafel family

Elisa Citterio, Music Director Designate. Photography: Monica Cordiviola Elisa Citterio, Music Director Designate. Photography: Monica Cordiviola

By Julia Wedman, violin

Sep 23, 2016

A Midnight Story: Haydn C-Major Cello Concerto

By Charlotte Nediger Every once in a while, there is a piece of music that has a specific connection to something in one’s life. That is the case for me and the Haydn C-Major Cello Concerto. Our younger daughter, Madeleine, went through a period of a few weeks shortly after she was born during which she would wake at 1:00 am in great distress. She wasn’t hungry or suffering from colic, nor did diapers need changing. She simply needed to cry. She’d had a difficult birth, and my theory was that she somehow needed to work that out, and this was her chosen hour. The rest of the day and night she was quite happy.

Sep 12, 2016

Handel's Water Music: next time, we’ll do it on a boat

By Tim Crouch, Marketing Manager With the (still-humid) September air, the words ‘Season Opener’ seem to be everywhere in Toronto’s cultural scene. We’re adding an extra word – ‘Festive Season Opener,’ because there’s no better description for Handel’s perennial favourite, Water Music. This classic was so popular at the time of its original performance, it was reportedly requested by King George that the musicians play it three times – all in the same night!

Jul 19, 2016

Staying relevant in Edinburgh, Scotland

At Tafelmusik, we not only strive for excellence onstage but also off. Managing Director, William Norris, Senior Manager of Digital Marketing and Sales, Rejean Tremblay, and Bobblehead Bach had the opportunity to attend the 2016 AMA conference (Arts Marketing Association) in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Jun 24, 2016

Farewell to Aisslinn

by Cristina Zacharias

Jun 15, 2016

Q and A with Luminato Festival CEO Anthony Sargent

Luminato Festival CEO Anthony Sargent took time out of his busy schedule to do a Q and A by email with Tafelmusik Managing Director William Norris.

Anthony Sargent credit Mark Savage Image Luminato Festival CEO Anthony Sargent, CBE (Photo credit: Mark Savage)

William Norris: What are three things about Toronto that make you want to live here?

Jun 10, 2016

The Hearn is turned on - Luminato Festival launches

We didn’t know what to expect.

Well, I suppose we had some idea. Managing Director William Norris and some intrepid musicians had visited the Hearn Generating Station during colder times, to see if performing there would be a possibility. But words are different than experiences, and so we had to see it for ourselves at the Luminato Opening party.

Jun 2, 2016

Tafelmusik goes industrial at Luminato

It started off like a scene from some sort of spy movie.

A freezing February day.  A vast derelict and abandoned industrial hulk of a building. Inside a small security hut on the outskirts of the complex, an unlikely combination of characters huddled around a small heater, it struggling to keep the cold at bay.

Within a few minutes a car arrives and sweeps into the vast concrete wasteland that surrounds the old power plant, perhaps setting the scene for an exchange of secret documents, or the passing on of the results of some espionage operation.