Jun 30, 2014

Tafelmusik returns to Stratford Summer Music on August 22 & 23

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June 27, 2014 … Just weeks after making its debut as Orchestra-in-Residence at BachFest Leipzig in Germany, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra hits the road again!  Members of the orchestra travel to Stratford Summer Music with a pair of intimate concerts focusing on music by Bach and his circle:  Bach at the Coffee House on Friday, August 22 at 7:00 PM, and Bach at the Wedding on Saturday, August 23 at 2:00 PM, featuring guest soloists soprano Nathalie Paulin, and baritone Phillip Addis,  and introducing young Canadian tenor Zacharie Fogal — an alumnus of the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. Repertoire for these concerts includes two cantatas by J.S. Bach, music by Telemann and Vivaldi, and a set of variations on “La Folia” by Grégoire Jeay. Both concerts take place at St. Andrew's Church in Stratford, Ontario. For details, visit http://www.stratfordsummermusic.ca/
“What a delight and privilege it is to be invited back to Stratford Summer Music to celebrate our favourite composers.  Much tender loving care went into creating the programme, and we are grateful to John Miller and Neil Crory for being wonderful artistic partners,” said Managing Director Tricia Baldwin.
The August 22nd concert features guest soloists soprano Nathalie Paulin, tenor Zacharie Fogal, and baritone Phillip Addis in Bach’s Cantata BWV 211 “Schweigt stille” [Coffee Cantata], and Addis also sings the title aria from Bach’s secular cantata, “Amore traditore.” Instrumental highlights include Bach’s Sonata for violin and continuo in E Minor, two works by Vivaldi — the Concerto for strings in G Minor, RV 153 and the Sonata for 2 violins “La Folia.” Flutist and composer Grégoire Jeay performs his Variations on “La Folia” for solo flute. 
For the matinee concert on August 23rd, Nathalie Paulin is the soloist in Bach’s Cantata BWV 210 “O holder Tag” [the ‘other’ Wedding Cantata]. The programme includes Telemann’s Sonata for oboe, viola and continuo, and Vivaldi’s Concerto for bassoon featuring Tafelmusik’s Dominic Teresi
The Stratford concerts are part of Tafelmusik’s rigorous schedule of touring engagements, which see the orchestra on the road for an average of 7 to 12 weeks each season. To date, Tafelmusik has visited more than 350 cities in 32 different countries. 
Earlier this month, Tafelmusik made its debut as Orchestra-in-Residence at BachFest Leipzig, in the city where Bach spent the last 25 years of his life. In May, Tafelmusik was invited by long-time collaborators Opera Atelier to join them in performances of Lully's Persée at the Royal Palace of Versailles, marking the first time the opera has appeared on that stage since 1770. Last November, Tafelmusik completed a tour of Japan and South Korea featuring Alison Mackay’s multi-media concert The Galileo Project, which has been seen in Australia, New Zealand, China (in Mandarin), Malaysia, Mexico (in Spanish), Canada, and the United States. In March, Tafelmusik returned to Carnegie Hall with a programme of Baroque music by French and German composers. 
Earlier this year, Tafelmusik won the 2012/13 season Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) Award for Touring Artist of the Year. The CAPACOA awards recognize excellence in the field of live performance touring and presenting in Canada. The Touring Artist of the Year award recognizes performers whose professionalism and cooperative spirit enhance their relationship with presenters.  
Tafelmusik at Stratford Summer Music — full programmes:
Bach at the Coffee House  — Friday, August 22 at 7:30 PM
Vivaldi Concerto for strings in G Minor, RV 153 
Bach Aria “Amore traditore,” BWV 203, Phillip Addis, baritone 
Grégoire Jeay Variations on “La Folia” for solo flute 
Vivaldi Sonata for 2 violins “La Folia”
Bach Sonata for violin & continuo in E Minor 
Bach Cantata BWV 211 “Schweigt stille” [Coffee Cantata] with 
                             soloists Nathalie Paulin, soprano; Zacharie Fogal, tenor; Phillip Addis, baritone
Bach at the Wedding — Saturday, August 23 at 2:30 PM
Vivaldi Concerto for bassoon 
Telemann     Sonata for oboe, viola & continuo 
Bach     Cantata BWV 210 “O holder Tag” [the ‘other’ Wedding Cantata]
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, cities across Ontario, and a tour with Opera Atelier to Versailles, France. 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 nine 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.