Sep 5, 2018

From Italy, with love: Elisa Citterio Directs all-Vivaldi program Oct 10-16 in two Toronto venues

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Citterio was “nothing short of dazzling in her solo work in the ‘Winter’ movement ... as crisp and bracing as a sunny January morning in Toronto.” —Toronto Star

Toronto, September 5, 2018 … Tafelmusik's love affair with the music of Antonio Vivaldi has deepened with the arrival of Music Director Elisa Citterio. Following her electric performances of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons last season, Citterio leads the orchestra in Vivaldi con amore, a colourful bouquet of the composer’s most energetic and amorous concertos, October 10 to 14 at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, and October 16 at George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts. Full program details are available at

In Vivaldi con amore, Citterio takes the solo parts in the composer’slove-themed concertos “L'amoroso” and “L'amato bene,” which will be featured on the March 2019 release of a major new recording of this music—Citterio’s first with the Orchestra. Tafelmusik’s remarkable musicians—Cristina Zacharias, Patricia Ahern, Geneviève Gilardeau, and Julia Wedman, violins; John Abberger and Marco Cera, oboes; Dominic Teresi, bassoon, and Luca Harris, lute, are featured as soloists in the vibrant concertos that complete the program, which opens with the Sinfonia from Vivaldi’s opera Ottone in villa.

 "It means a lot to me to bring some of the strongest elements of my Italian background to Toronto, and I offer this program to our audiences in the Annex and North York with all my heart,” says Music Director Elisa Citterio. “I’d say that in the collective imagination Vivaldi truly represents ‘l’italianità,’ or the Italian character. His music describes and evokes landscapes, states of mind, and characters in a very direct way. I might even attempt a comparison: an Italian might gesticulate in order to be understood by those who don’t speak the same language; similarly, Vivaldi’s music speaks directly to people’s hearts.”

Audience members are invited to join musician and broadcaster Dr. Hannah French for a free pre-concert chat one hour before each performance. A post-concert Talk Back with selected musicians takes place on Wednesday, October 10.


Led by Music Director Elisa Citterio, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir is one of the world’s leading period ensembles and Canada’s most-toured orchestra. Tafelmusik engages Toronto audiences with an annual season of more than 80 concerts in diverse venues across the city, as well as national and international audiences through an extensive schedule of tours and critically acclaimed recordings. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. Tafelmusik also seeks to transport audiences to the baroque and classical periods through adventurous cross-cultural collaborations, on stage with Toronto's Opera Atelier, and underground at its Haus Musik series. The orchestra’s musicians share their knowledge and experience through artist training initiatives such as the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer and Winter Institutes. Tafelmusik's catalogue of award-winning recordings on the SONY, CBC Records, Analekta, and Tafelmusik Media labels have garnered nine JUNO Awards and numerous other recording prizes. Jeanne Lamon continues her association with Tafelmusik as Music Director Emerita.


Tafelmusik wishes to thank the following for their generous support: BMO Financial Group, TD Bank Group, RBC Foundation, Hal Jackman Foundation, KPMG, Great West Life, London Life, Canada Life, McLean Foundation, Blakes LLP, iA Securities, Stikeman Elliott LLP, Margaret and John Catto, Margaret and Jim Fleck, The Pluralism Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Classical 96.3 FM and Wholenote Magazine. Tafelmusik is a proud partner of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor.


Tafelmusik presents Vivaldi con amore
Elisa Citterio, director and violin soloist

Wed Oct 10 at 7 pm
Thu Oct 11, Fri Oct 12, Sat Oct 13 at 8pm
Sun Oct 14 at 3:30pm at Jeanne Lamon Hall

Tues Oct 16 at 8pm at George Weston Recital Hall

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

George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge Street

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Tafelmusik Box Office: (416) 964-6337
George Weston Recital Hall Box Office: 1 (855) 985-2787

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