May 31, 2019

Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Makes Edmonton International Choral Festival Debut May 31, 2019

“I was overwhelmed by the quality of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir.
It was well-blended, accurate in the rapid melismatic passages, and incredibly powerful.”

Toronto Concert Reviews

May 31, 2019 … Tafelmusik Chamber Choir is in Alberta for the first time tonight to perform at the Edmonton International Choral Festivalat 8 PM at Robertson-Wesley United Church. Directed by Ivars Taurins, the choir will perform motets by J.S. Bach along with music by his mentor and cousin, Johann Christoph Bach, accompanied by organist Christopher Bagan. Tafelmusik violinist Cristina Zacharias will interweave movements from Bach’s partitas and sonatas for solo violin. Complete program details are available at

“We are delighted to be appearing at the Edmonton International Choral Festival this year and look forward to sharing music that is close to our hearts. It’s thrilling to be part of a festival that includes our Canadian colleagues at Pro Coro, as well as the men’s folk and chant ensemble Didgori from the Republic of Georgia,” said Ivars Taurins.

The Edmonton International Choral Festival (EICF) features professional international and Canadian choirs and renowned guest conductors and engages local choirs and individual singers throughout the community.  Now in its second year, the EICF welcomes artists from the Republic of Georgia and Venezuela, along with Canadian choirs and conductors.

As part of the EICF, Ivars Taurins also leads a workshop on Performance Practice for the Modern Musician. Using baroque treatises and scores, he will explore the general and specific theoretical and stylistic issues of 17th and 18th century music, providing a historically informed basis for the interpretive decisions we make as 21st century musicians.


Led by Music Director Elisa Citterio, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra 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 ten 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 and Canada Life, Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Whitmer Trudel Charitable Foundation, The Estate of Lawrence Ballon, Tom Bogart & Kathy Tamaki, The Pluralism Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Classical 96.3 FM, NOW Magazine, and Wholenote Magazine. Tafelmusik is a proud partner of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor.


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