Dec 22, 2016

Baritone Peter Harvey Joins Tafelmusik for Intimate German Baroque, January 19 to 22, 2017 Featuring Music Director Emerita, Jeanne Lamon, violin

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January Offerings Include Jan 11 PWYC Concert at Tafelmusik Winter Institute

“Peter Harvey’s is one of those voices which makes you imagine that if there were to be a voice of God, this is what it would sound like.” – MusicWeb

Toronto, December 22, 2016 … Long-time Tafelmusik collaborator Peter Harvey, baritone, joins a chamber ensemble of Tafelmusik musicians for Intimate German Baroque, an exploration of the richly passionate music composed in Germany in the decades before J.S. Bach. The concerts feature Music Director EmeritaJeanne Lamon, violin, and take place January 19 to 22, 2017 at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre.

“We often find ourselves turning to more intimate repertoire for our January concerts — an instinctive desire, perhaps, to warm up cold January evenings and Sunday afternoons with a cozy gathering of musicians and listeners,” writes Tafelmusik harpsichordist Charlotte Nediger in her program notes for Intimate German Baroque.

Peter Harvey is featured in three works on the program, the cantata Mein Herz ist bereit by Buxtehude; the haunting lament “Wie bist du den, O Gott?” by J.S. Bach’s mentor and cousin, Johann Christoph Bach; and Cantata 82 “Ich habe genug” by J.S. Bach.

Tafelmusik violinist Julia Wedman is featured in Biber’s Sonata no. 3 in F for violin and continuo. “Her performances exude humanity and have about them a radiance that somehow transcends the sound of her lovely 1694 instrument,” wrote Gramophone about Wedman’s 2011 recording of Biber’s Mystery Sonatas. The composer’s Sonata no. 1 from Fidicinium sacro-profanum opens the program.

Tafelmusik’s Dominic Teresi performs a Böddecker’s Sonata sopra La Monica, a virtuoso work for dulcian, the 17th century ancestor of the bassoon.

Building on more than a decade of success with the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Tafelmusik expanded its artist training programmes in 2012 to include the Tafelmusik Winter Institute (TWI) a week-long specialized institute for advanced students and professional players of period instruments. From January 5 to 11, 2017, Tafelmusik presents the fifth annual TWI, which wraps up with a public Pay-What-You-Can concert on Thursday, January 11 at 7:30 PM at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall. TWI participants will perform music by Monteverdi, Corelli, dall’Abaco, A. Scarlatti, Albinoni, Valentini, Locatelli, and Vivaldi.  Admission is Pay-What-You-Can, and tickets are not required. All seats are available on a first-come, first-seated basis. TWI is generously supported by RBC Emerging Artists Project.


Initially a student of French and German at Magdalen College, Oxford, a love of languages remains at the heart of baritone Peter Harvey’s singing. While at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he won prizes in numerous competitions, including the Walther Grüner International Lieder Competition, the English Song Award, and the Peter Pears Award. Along with works by Handel and Purcell, his well over a hundred recordings include all of J.S. Bach’s major vocal works and many of the cantatas, with conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, and Paul McCreesh; also a great many sacred works of the French Baroque, as well as later repertoire including Fauré and Duruflé, and Schubert’s Winterreise. Peter has appeared with ensembles including The Sixteen, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The King’s Consort, Concerto Copenhagen, Bach Collegium Japan, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Gulbenkian Orchestra. Peter Harvey teaches voice at the annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.

Audience members are invited to join Tafelmusik musicians Jeanne Lamon, Dominic Teresi, and Alison Mackay for a free pre-concert chat one hour before each Intimate German Baroque performance.

Peter Harvey offers a Guest Artist Masterclass on Saturday, January 21 from 1 to 3pm at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall. Tafelmusik’s Guest Artist Masterclasses are open to the public and admission is free.


Tafelmusik presents Intimate German Baroque with guest soloist Peter Harvey, baritone

Dates & Times: Thu Jan 19, Fri Jan 20, Sat Jan 21 at 8pm | Sun Jan 22 at 3:30pm

Full program:
H.I. F. von Biber Sonata no. 1 from Fidicinium sacro-profanum|
Dietrich Buxtehude Cantata “Mein Herz ist bereit”
Philipp FriedrichBöddecker Sonata sopra La Monica, from Sacra Partitura
Johann Christoph Bach Lamento “Wie bist du denn, O Gott?”
Biber Sonata no 3 for violin & continuo
J.S. Bach Cantata 82 "Ich habe genug”

Ticket Prices: TSP: Regular: Start at $39| 65+: Start at $31 | 35 & Under: Start at $15

Venue: Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West

Box Office: Tafelmusik Box Office: (416) 964-6337



Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1979, is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. The orchestra performs some 80 concerts each year at home in Toronto, and travels extensively around the world. The choir and orchestra’s multi-platform recording label Tafelmusik Media was launched in January 2012, along with the Watch and Listen site. Tafelmusik’s discography of 80-plus CDs has been recorded on the Sony Classical, CBC Records, Analekta and Tafelmusik Media labels. Since 1991, Tafelmusik has received nine JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and operates annual artist training programs, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Tafelmusik Winter Institute. Tafelmusik has been led by Jeanne Lamon since 1981, with Managing Director William Norris joining the team in 2015. In June 2014, Ms. Lamon stepped down as Music Director and continues her association with Tafelmusik as Music Director Emerita.


Tafelmusik wishes to thank the following for their generous support: RBC Emerging Artists Project for its generous support of Tafelmusik Winter Institute; BMO Financial Group, RBC Foundation, TD Bank Group, John and Margaret Catto, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Great West Life, London Life, Canada Life, Hal Jackman Foundation, KPMG, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Classical 96.3 FM and NOW Magazine. Tafelmusik is a proud partner of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor.

Media contact:
Luisa Trisi, Big Picture Communications, 416 456-0499 |
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1X7
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