Jan 19, 2015

Tafelmusik tours Southern Ontario Feb. 2 to 7 with Guest Director and Violinist, Catherine Manson

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Toronto (Canada), January 26, 2015 … From February 2 to 7, 2015, Tafelmusik will perform a series of concerts in Waterloo (Feb. 2), Hamilton (Feb 4), London (Feb 6), and Oakville (Feb 7) with guest director and violin soloist, Catherine Manson. These concerts are part of Tafelmusik’s rigorous schedule of touring engagements, for which they spend an average of 7 to 12 weeks on the road each season. Just last week, Tafelmusik received the 2015 National Arts Centre Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring in the Performing Arts. Later in February, Tafelmusik returns to Australia and New Zealand with Alison Mackay’s multi-media creation, House of Dreams. To date, the orchestra has visited more than 360 cities in 32 different countries.
The 2015 Ontario tour concerts feature a mixed programme of baroque repertoire including music by Fux, Vivaldi, Bach, and Telemann. Catherine Manson will be featured as soloist in two Bach concertos: the Violin Concerto in A minor, and the Concerto for violin and oboe in C Minor after BWV 1060, in which she will be joined Tafelmusik’s principal oboist John Abberger. The concerts open with the Orchestral Suite in D Minor by Fux, followed by Vivaldi’s Concerto for strings in C Major. Telemann’s Suite in B-flat major from Musique de table, Book 3, wraps up the programme.
Catherine Manson enjoys a versatile performing career specializing in period performance as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. She was appointed as leader of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in 2006. As first violinist of the classical London Haydn Quartet she has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and London’s Wigmore Hall. The quartet’s series of recordings of the Haydn quartets on the Hyperion label has met with high critical acclaim internationally. In a duo partnership with Ton Koopman she has recorded the six obbligato sonatas by Bach, Haydn's concerto for violin and organ, and the complete chamber music by Buxtehude. 
Teaching has always been an important part of Manson’s musical life; in 2001 she co-founded and now directs MusicWorks, presenting chamber music courses for young musicians. In addition to giving classes and seminars at King’s College, the Royal Academy of Music, and Royal College of Music she has taught at the Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin College, the Granada International Festival’s 'Musical Interpretation' course, the Domaine Forget in Québec, and has given masterclasses at Juilliard School, Yale, and Indiana Universities. 
Catherine Manson will be giving a masterclass in Toronto at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre on Thursday, February 5 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Admission for the masterclass is free and open to the public. Suggested donation is $10.  
Full programme: 
Fux Orchestral suite in D Minor
Vivaldi Concerto for strings in C Major
Bach Concerto for violin in A Major
Bach Concerto for oboe & violin in C Minor
Telemann Suite in B-flat Major from Tafelmusik, Book III
Ontario tour itinerary:
Mon Feb 2 at 8 PM
Maureen Forrester Recital Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo
Tickets: $20 | available for purchase in-person: 
5th Floor of the Faculty of Music building, Office A504, Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. 
Information: concerts@wlu.ca | 519-884-0710 ext. 4439
Wed Feb 4
St. John the Evangelist Church, Hamilton
Suggested donation: $25 | Presented by Hammer Baroque
Fri Feb 6 at 8 PM
Aeolian Hall, London
Tickets: $50 | Box Office: 519-672-7950 
Sat Feb 7 at 8 PM
St. Jude's Anglican Church, Oakville
Tickets: $30 | Presented by St. Jude's Celebration of the Arts
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