Mar 20, 2015

Tafelmusik presents Baroque Misbehaving with violinist and guest director Aisslinn Nosky, April 23 to 28

"Supremely talented ... with a shock of spiky red hair and the sexy athleticism of a rock star, she has chops that Eric Clapton would wish for on a good day." 
— Boston Musical Intelligencer
Toronto (Canada), March 19, 2015 … “Supremely talented” Canadian violinist Aisslinn Nosky is guest director for Baroque Misbehaving, a Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra programme built around the idea of hijinks and mischief. Baroque Misbehaving pairs music by Purcell, Charpentier, Telemann, Torelli, and Rosenmüller with Snow White, a new commission from Canadian composer Michael Oesterle. Concerts take place April 23 to 26 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall; and April 28 at George Weston Recital Hall. For Aisslinn Nosky’s detailed programme notes about the repertoire, visit Tafelmusik’s website.
Tafelscene, Tafelmusik’s 35 & Under Young Audience programme, will be hosting its final party of the season with Baroque Misbehaving musicians on Saturday, April 25.  These popular get-togethers are a chance for young audience members to mingle with their favourite musicians while enjoying wine and snacks. That same evening Nosky and Michael Oesterle will participate in an Audience Talkback session, for all audience members, immediately following the concert. 
Aisslinn Nosky will also give a public talk on Monday, April 13 at 6:30 PM as part of Tafelmusik’s free Introduction to Baroque Music Public Lectures series in partnership with the Toronto Public Library. The series features Tafelmusik musicians who cover the basics of baroque music and historically informed performance (HIP), and takes place in the Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street.
Composer Michael Oesterle has long been fascinated by the lives of scientists, and Snow White continues his series of works about the British mathematician Alan Turing. An amateur violinist who took up the instrument in homage to his hero, Einstein, Turing loved to play for friends and loves ones. He played his favourite melody Molly Malone for his lover, and later for the officers who arrested him. Turing was also known to quote the evil queen’s couplet from Disney’s Snow White: “Dip the apple in the brew / Let the sleeping Death seep through.” Referring to the Tafelmusik commission, Oesterle says, “Snow White focuses heavily on the open strings of the violin, the essential sound of the instrument which, in this piece, stands as an invocation of the open-hearted candour with which Turing approached life.”
Of her choice to include this new commission on the Baroque Misbehaving programme, Nosky says, “I perform as much new music as my schedule will allow. I love very old music and very new music! For me there are some parallels between how I approach the interpretation of baroque music and new music. In both cases I am trying to make the music sound as though it has just been composed … but what can be different are the tools which I use to inform my artistic choices.”
Aisslinn Nosky has been a proud member of Tafelmusik since 2005. In 2011, she was appointed Concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston. She is in demand internationally as a soloist, director and teacher. Appearances include La Jolla SummerFest, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Utah Symphony, and the Holland Baroque Society. Hailed as “a fearsomely powerful musician” by The Toronto Star, Nosky is also a member of I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble and the Eybler Quartet. Her 2012 self-produced début album features Stand Still, another piece commissioned from Michael Oesterle. Her performance of Bach’s E-Major Partita on that recording was praised by Musical Toronto: “Nosky performs the suite with an elegance that belies the Bach’s technical challenges, underpinning her interpretation with a compelling pulse.”