May 21, 2013

Four FREE concerts at Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival

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Toronto (Canada), May 16, 2013 … Tafelmusik performs four FREE concerts in different Toronto venues at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Festival (TBSF), June 4, 9, and 13, with the grand finale on June 16. Running concurrent to the Festival is Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (TBSI), which sees pre-professional and professional musicians from 13 countries around the world gathering in Toronto for an advanced training programme led by some of the world's finest musicians in the field of baroque performance. The concerts include performances by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, TBSI faculty and participants. For details and complete programme information, visit
Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute 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 both 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. This year Tafelmusik welcomes 89 musicians from across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Costa Rica, Sweden, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Colombia for two weeks of baroque immersion in Toronto. 
TBSI is open to auditors who are welcome to attend individual classes, purchase daily passes, or purchase an open pass for the events of the entire institute.
“We are dedicated to developing the period performers of the future, and TBSI is certainly producing great results: several past participants of the Institute have won positions in the Tafelmusik Orchestra and Chamber Choir and others have been hired on an occasional basis,” says TBSI Artistic Coordinator Charlotte Nediger.
The TBSI Faculty includes Music Director Jeanne Lamon, Choir Director Ivars Taurins, and harpsichordist Charlotte Nediger as TBSI Artistic Coordinator, along with members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir. Faculty members also include singers Ann Monoyios and Stephen Varcoe, and Opera Atelier Co-Directors Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg.
Delightfully Baroque
Tuesday, June 4 at 8:00 pm
A concert of music by Handel, Vivaldi, Blow, Purcell, and Veracini performed by the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir.
Featuring soloist Stephen Varcoe, baritone.
Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor Street West NEW VENUE!
Musical Interlude
Sunday, June 9 at 12:30 pm
A casual noon-hour concert of baroque chamber music by Castello, Merula, Bonancini, Telemann, and Vivaldi performed by members of the TBSI Faculty.
Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, 80 Queen's Park
The TBSI Orchestras and Choirs
Thursday, June 13 at 1:00 pm 
Music by Purcell, Fasch, J.C. Bach, J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Lully, and Blow directed by Jeanne Lamon and Ivars Taurins and featuring the Institute participants.
Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, 80 Queen's Park
The Grand Finale
Sunday, June 16 at 7:30 pm  - Tickets go quickly!
The TBSI participants and faculty perform music by Handel, Rameau, Charpentier, and Mondonville in a baroque extravaganza.
Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road 
Free and general admission to all TBSI concerts.  Admission to Delightfully Baroque, Musical Interlude, and The TBSI Orchestras & Choirs is on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required. The doors open 15 minutes prior to the start of each concert. Tickets are required for The Grand Finale on June 16. The tickets are free, but must be obtained in advance. They will be made available to the public on Tuesday, June 11 starting at 10 am in person only, at the Tafelmusik Box Office at 427 Bloor Street West. Maximum of two tickets per person. TBSI Participants and full-time Auditors do not require tickets.