Sep 26, 2013

Home again! Tafelmusik performs first concerts at newly revitalized Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, October 3 - 6

Toronto, September 25, 2013 … Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra makes its highly-anticipated return to Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall October 3 to 6, following the completion of Phase One of an ambitious $3 million project to revitalize its home performance venue. German/Argentinian violinist Manfredo Kraemer is Tafelmusik’s guest director for these subscription concerts entitled Baroque Austria, and the programme will be repeated on Oct. 8 at George Weston Recital Hall. Acknowledged by BBC Music Magazine in 2004 as “one of today’s most distinguished and influential baroque violinists,” Mr. Kraemer will direct the orchestra in an exploration of music by composers who worked in the magnificent baroque cities of Salzburg and Vienna.
The first phase of Tafelmusik’s venue renovations include the installation of a new stage, floors and seats, increased seating for wheelchairs, and the painting of the sanctuary inspired by its original historical design. Acoustical improvements have been designed by acclaimed acoustician Bob Essert, whose previous projects include the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory. 
The venue revitalization project has been undertaken in collaboration with Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, and represents the culmination of ten years of collective visioning and planning for the revitalization of this 1889 heritage building. The project has been generously supported by a $1 million lead gift from the Hon. Henry N.R. Jackman. A matching contribution of $500,000 from The Cultural Spaces Canada programme of Canadian Heritage helped kick-start the capital campaign, and since January 2013, individual donors have contributed a total of more than $1 million to date. 
Guest director and violinist Manfredo Kraemer is one of the most renowned Argentinian musicians specializing in historically informed performances of 17th and 18th century music. A founding member of Concerto Köln, Kraemer was also a member of Musica Antiqua Köln from 1986 and 1991, as well as Cantus Cölln, Musica ad Rhenum, Capriccio Stravagante and Les Cyclopes. He has worked with such distinguished conductors as René Jacobs, William Christie, Marc Minkowski, Gabriel Garrido and Jos van Immerseel.  Since 1992, he has worked closely with renowned viol player and conductor Jordi Savall as first violin in Le Concert des Nations.  Kraemer’s discography includes more than 40 recordings including several highly acclaimed CDs by the ensemble The Rare Fruit Council, which he founded in 1996. 
Inspired by the deep musical heritage of Salzburg and Vienna, Baroque Austria explores influences from Europe and beyond in music by Biber, Fux, Schmelzer, Rittler, and Muffat. The works by Fux and Muffat are scored for full orchestra including winds, and two of Biber’s highly descriptive pieces are among the highlights of this programme: Battalia or "battle" – which includes colourful depictions of the drunken singing of the soldiers, a fife and drum march, and cannon fire –  and Die Pauern Kirchfahrt, portraying peasants at church and in the village tavern. 
Full Programme:
Fux, Ouverture in D Minor
Biber, Battalia
Schmelzer, Harmonia a 5
Biber, Sonata a 6 “Die Pauern-Kirchfahrt” (The Peasants’ Procession to Church)
Rittler, Harmonia Romana
Muffat, Concerto grosso XII "Propitia Sydera"
Listing information: 
Baroque Austria: Salzburg and Vienna
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
with Manfredo Kraemer, Violinist and Guest Director
Dates + Times:        
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall
        Thu Oct 3, Fri Oct 4, Sat Oct 5 at 8pm
        Sun Oct 6 at 3:30 pm
George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts
        Oct 8 at 8pm *
*Audience Talkback with select musicians after the George Weston Recital Hall concert.
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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1979 and led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon since 1981, 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 more than 50 concerts each year at home in Toronto, and travels extensively around the world to such places as this season's tour destinations: Japan and South Korea, Carnegie Hall in New York City, BachFest Leipzig in Germany, and cities across Ontario. 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 digital concert hall. Tafelmusik has a rich discography of more than 80 CDs recorded on the Sony Classical, CBC Records, Analekta and Tafelmusik Media labels. Since 1991, Tafelmusik has received ten JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and operates its annual artist training programmes, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Tafelmusik Winter Institute.