Nov 17, 2018

Tafelmusik at 40: 1989 – 1999

As we celebrate 40 years of Tafelmusik, we look back at this incredible journey through timelines of each decade. In this post we remember our second decade, 1989 to 1999.

Managing Director Ottie Locky signing the Sony contract
Managing Director Ottie Locky signing the Sony contract

1989/90
Signing of Sony contract which results in more than 40 CDs

First JUNO Award (Boccherini’s Symphonies and Cello Concertos)

1990/91
First tour of Asia, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan

First collaboration with German conductor Bruno Weil, who was to become Tafelmusik’s most frequent guest director

The Chamber Choir awarded the Healey Willan Prize “in recognition of its unique contribution to choral art in Canada”

The orchestra’s Canada tour in March 1991 takes them to Inuvik.
The orchestra’s Canada tour in March 1991 takes them to Inuvik

1991/92
Sing-Along Messiah moves to Massey Hall

First appearance at the Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall

1992/93
A banner touring year takes the orchestra to Holland, Switzerland, England, France, and Japan — and closer to home, Ottawa's National Arts Centre, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Pittsburgh, and Washington's Library of Congress

Performing Haydn’s Creation in the beautiful Klosterkirche at Irsee
Performing Haydn’s Creation in the beautiful Klosterkirche at Irsee

1993/94
First residency at Klang und Raum Festival in Irsee, Germany, with conductor Bruno Weil

1994/95
First tour to Mexico

1995/96
First performance of Bach St. Matthew Passion

Echo Klassik Award for “Best Orchestra of the Year” (German Phonographic Academy)

Tafelmusik’s recording of Handel’s Water Music goes to number 9 on the U.S. Billboard charts

Photo shoot in the Toronto Harbour: Water Music!
Photo shoot in the Toronto Harbour: Water Music!

1996/97
First tours of Bermuda, Israel, and Greece

Tafelmusik rehearsing at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus amphitheatre at the base of the Acropolis in Athens
Tafelmusik rehearsing at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus amphitheatre at the base of the Acropolis in Athens

1997/98
Education program for middle and high school students launched

Jeanne Lamon receives the M. Joan Chalmers National Award for Artistic Direction

Tafelmusik completes its 15th European tour: 16 concerts in 8 countries

1998/99
First tour to People’s Republic of China

The Governor General of Canada, Canadian astronaut, and former member of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Julie Payette brings Tafelmusik’s “Messiah Choruses” CD to space on a shuttle mission to the International Space Station

Julie Payette presents the CD that travelled to the ISS to Choir Director Ivars Taurins and Managing Director Ottie Lockey
The Right Honourable Julie Payette presents the CD that travelled to the ISS to Choir Director Ivars Taurins and Managing Director Ottie Lockey

 

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