Jul 11, 2013

Tafelmusik tours to Stratford and Québec City during Summer of 2013

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July 10, 2013 … Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra’s touring engagements for the 2013-14 season begin with appearances at two Canadian festivals in the coming weeks: a pair of all-Bach concerts with mezzo soprano Laura Pudwell and soprano Shannon Mercer on August 17 and 18 at Stratford Summer Music at St. Andrew's Church, and the orchestra’s debut performance at the Quebec International Sacred Music Festival on September 13 at Saint-Roch Church, with baritone Tyler Duncan. Music Director Jeanne Lamon leads all three concerts.
The first Stratford performance on August 17th at 11:15 am features mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell in arias from two Bach cantatas, Jesu, der aus großer Liebe from Cantata 165, and Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan from Cantata 75, as well as "Quoniam tu solus sanctus," from the Mass in F Major, BWV 233, and "Et exsultavit" from Magnificat, BWV 243. The Grammy Award-nominated singer is known for her stunning interpretations, and performances characterized by “power and wit” (Seattle Times). Pudwell has appeared with Tafelmusik frequently, most notably in January 2012, when she stepped in on short notice to perform the role of Lichas in Handel’s Hercules, and as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem in February 2013. She joins Tafelmusik as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Sing-Along Messiah in December 2013. Instrumental highlights of the August 17 programme include Bach’s Orchestral Suite in B minor, featuring Montreal flutist Grégoire Jeay, and Bach’s F-Minor Harpsichord Concerto, featuring Tafelmusik’s Charlotte Nediger
On August 18th at 2:00 pm  soprano Shannon Mercer joins Tafelmusik for Bach’s rarely performed Italian cantata “Non sa che sia dolore” (BWV 209), and the popular wedding cantata “Weichet nur” (BWV 202). The Ottawa-born soprano has been recognized for her “bright and agile” soprano, and her use of “vibrato and ornamentation … to extract telling nuances from words and music” (Gramophone). Mercer recently appeared at the 2013 Luminato Festival with Tafelmusik and The Mark Morris Group in L’Allegro, Il Moderato, ed il Penseroso, a legendary dance work set to music by Handel. Tafelmusik oboist John Abberger will be featured in the Concerto for oboe d’amore, arranged from three cantata arias by Jeanne Lamon. 
Tafelmusik’s September 13 at 7:30 pm concert at the Quebec International Sacred Music Festival includes two string concertos by Vivaldi and Bach’s Concerto for oboe d'amore. Baritone Tyler Duncan will be featured in Bach's lyrical cantata "Ich habe genug," BWV 82, and in arias from the St. John Passion and Cantata 57.  The British Columbia-born, New York-based singer is known for a voice that is “rich, clear, and resonant” (Le Monde). Duncan is a frequent Tafelmusik guest, and performed with the orchestra at Stratford Summer Music last summer.  
The Stratford and Quebec concerts are part of Tafelmusik’s rigorous schedule of prestigious touring engagements. The orchestra spends an average of 7 to 12 weeks a year on the road with annual tours of Canada, the United States of America and Europe. In November 2013, Tafelmusik returns to Japan with its world-renowned multi-media program The Galileo Project, to be followed by a Tafelmusik International Baroque Academy residency at the Hanyang University, Seoul.  
Full programmes:
Saturday August 17 with mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell, Stratford, Ontario
Suite in B Minor for flute & strings, BWV 1067 
"Quoniam tu solus sanctus," from Mass in F Major, BWV 233
"Et exsultavit" from Magnificat, BWV 243
Sonata for violin and continuo in G Major, BWV 1021
Concerto for harpsichord in F Minor, BWV 1056
"Jesu, der aus großer Liebe," from Cantata 165
"Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan," from Cantata 75
Sunday August 18 with soprano Shannon Mercer, Stratford, Ontario
Cantata 209 "Non sa che sia dolore"
Concerto for oboe d'amore, after BWV 100, 170 & 30 (arr'd J Lamon)
Trio sonata in G Major, BWV 1039
Cantata 202 "Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten" (Wedding Cantata)
Friday September 13 with baritone Tyler Duncan, Quebec City, Quebec
Vivaldi Concerto for strings in G Minor, RV 153
Concerto for strings in A Major, RV 160
Bach Concerto for oboe d’amore, arr’d J. Lamon after BWV 100, 170 & 30
Bach "Mein teurer Heiland" from St. John Passion
"Ja, ja, ich kann die Feinde schlage" from Cantata 57
Bach Sonata in G Major for 2 violins & continuo, BWV 1039 
Bach Cantata 82 “Ich habe genug” 
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, and cities across Ontario. The choir and orchestra’s multi-platform recording label Tafelmusik Media was launched in January 2012, along with the Watch and Listen site — the precursor for Tafelmusik‘s future digital concert hall. Tafelmusik’s rich discography of more than 80  CDs have been recorded on the Sony Classical, CBC Records, Analekta and Tafelmusik Media labels. Since 1991, Tafelmusik has received ten 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.