May 24, 2016

Four FREE Concerts and two performances at Luminato Festival’s Hearn Generating Station

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Toronto, May 24, 2016 … Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra wraps up its 2015/16 season in June with six concerts in four different venues across the city of Toronto. These June performances are part of two different festivals: Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival (June 6, 11, 15, 18), and the Luminato Festival (June 19, 22). Following its hugely successful 2013 Luminato Festival debut with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Tafelmusik has been invited to join arts partners across the city to mark Luminato’s 10th anniversary celebrations this year. Both Luminato performances take place on the Music Stage at theHearn Generating Station, a unique industrial landmark that sits on Toronto’s waterfront. Working with architects at PARTISANS and leading international theatre and acoustics consultancy Charcoalblue, Luminato Festival will transform The Hearn for audiences, artists and guests to enjoy. The new venue houses a variety of performance spaces including a 1,200 seat theatre, a large live music and dance venue with a stage, an art gallery, as well as bars, restaurants, and an outdoor beer garden.

Tafelmusik at Luminato Festival

On June 19 Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra performs in Luminato’sexciting new venue, the Hearn Generating Station. The Hearn’s cavernous, cathedral-like setting will make for an exciting and thought-provoking contrast with the baroque repertoire being performed — music by Bach, Handel, and Telemann — under the direction of Chief Artistic Advisor, Jeanne Lamon. Introductions from the stage will contribute to the casual, relaxed setting for this concert, and audience members can purchase drinks at the cash bar, which they will be able to bring into the venue.

On June 22, members of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir take part in Music in the Barns’ Luminato presentation of Song of Extinction, a visual and sonic collaboration between composer Rose Bolton and filmmaker Marc de Guerre, with an original libretto by poet Don McKay. Song of Extinction features large-scale projections and a score for chamber orchestra, a chamber choir including members of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, live electronics, and youth chorus, culminating in a massive multimedia event.

Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival
Tafelmusik’s four FREE concerts are part of the annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival (TBSF), which runs concurrent to Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (TBSI). The concerts take place on June 6 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall; June 11 and 15 at the University of Toronto’s Walter Hall; and June 18 at Grace Church on-the-Hill.

Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute sees 94 pre-professional and professional musicians from nine different countries gather in Toronto each year for an advanced training programme led by some of the world's finest musicians in the field of baroque performance. The free concerts include performances by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, TBSI faculty, and participants.

TBSI is a comprehensive training program that includes orchestra and choir rehearsals, masterclasses, opera scene study for singers, chamber ensembles, private lessons, lectures and workshops, classes in baroque dance, and concerts by participants and faculty. Each year TBSI is held at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, where Tafelmusik is the baroque orchestra-in-residence.

Over the past 14 years, TBSI has not only grown in size and reputation, but has also become increasingly international. This year’s Institute will welcome musicians from across Canada and the United States, as well as from Australia, France, Italy, Mexico, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela. Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute is generously supported by BMO Financial Group.

“TBSI is unique among summer workshops in that the faculty is drawn from an orchestra and choir, allowing us to share not only our individual expertise with the participants, but also our rich communal experience as one of the world’s leading period-performance ensembles,” says TBSI Artistic Coordinator Charlotte Nediger. “TBSI is a challenging and exhilarating experience, one we are delighted to share with the public through our free summer series of faculty and participant concerts.”

Listing information for Tafelmusik’s June concerts:

Delightfully Baroque | Monday, June 6 at 8pm  FREE concert
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor Street West
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir directed by Jeanne Lamon and Ivars Taurins,
with soloists Ann Monoyios, soprano, and Peter Harvey, baritone.

Musical Interlude | Saturday, June 11 at 12:30pm  FREE concert
Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, Universityof Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park
A casual noon-hour concert of baroque chamber music by members of the TBSI Faculty.

TBSI Orchestra and Choirs | Wednesday, June 15 at 1pm  FREE concert
Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park
Directed by Jeanne Lamon,Ivars Taurins, and Peter Harvey, featuring the Institute participants.
Admission to June 6, 11, and 15 concerts is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 15 minutes prior to each concert, and no tickets are required. Seating subject to capacity.

The TBSI Grand Finale | Saturday, June 18 at 7:30pm  FREE concert
Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road
The combined forces of the TBSI Orchestra and Choir, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, together in a single baroque extravaganza directed by Jeanne Lamon and Ivars Taurins.

Limited tickets available beginning June 14 at 10am. Tickets must be obtained in advance and in person at the Tafelmusik Box Office (427 Bloor St West). Maximum 2 tickets per person.

Tafelmusik at Luminato Festival | Sunday, June 19 at 7:20 PM
The Hearn Generating Station, 440 Unwin Avenue
Tafelmusik performs a programme of baroque music by Telemann, Handel, Torelli, Marais and J.S. Bach in Luminato’s transformative new venue.
Tickets: $25.00
Box office: 416 368 4849 |

Music in the Barns | Song of Extinction | Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 PM
The Hearn Generating Station, 440 Unwin Avenue
The world premiere of a collaboration between composer Rose Bolton and filmmaker Marc de Guerre, with an original libretto by poet Don McKay, featuring members of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir.
Tickets: $30 (regular) | $60 (VIP).
Box office: 416 368 4849 |

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