Aug 20, 2018

Tafelmusik Turns 40! All-Mozart Program Kicks Off Celebratory 2018/19 Season Sept 20 to 23 at Koerner Hall

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Toronto, August 20, 2018 … Uncork the bubbly, Tafelmusik is turning 40! This special anniversary season kicks off Sept 20 to 23, 2018 at Koerner Hall with Music Director Elisa Citterio leading an all-Mozart program. The bold and evocative Symphony 40 is the fitting centrepiece of a program that includes the overture to La finta giardinieraand two concertos: Tafelmusik’s first-ever performances of the Violin Concerto in D Major K218 featuring Citterio as soloist, and the Concerto for bassoon in B-flat Major featuring Dominic Teresi as soloist. Full program details are available at

"It fills my heart with emotion and pride to launch Tafelmusik’s 40th anniversary season—the first bearing my signature,” said Elisa Citterio. “I hope that the 2018/19 season will allow us many opportunities to come together to celebrate Tafelmusik’s long history, and more importantly, set the stage for an inspiring future.”

Along with Bach and Monteverdi, Elisa Citterio names Mozart as one of her favourite composers to perform. It was only natural that she would chose to focus on this composer for the opening concerts of the season, which also launch Tafelmusik’s new cycle of Mozart concertos. For her debut at La Scala di Milano, where she was a member of the orchestra from 2004 to 2017, Citterio was the violin soloist in Mozart’s iconic and technically demanding Sinfonia Concertante alongside the orchestra’s first viola, Danilo Rossi. During her time at La Scala Citterio also performed and recorded several Mozart operas including Don Giovanni with Daniel Barenboim, The Magic Flute with Roland Boer, The Marriage of Figaro with Gérard Korsten, and Idomineo with Daniel Harding.

Written three years before Mozart’s death in 1791, Symphony no. 40 in G Minor opens with an intense sense of urgency and offers surprises at every turn. Greatly admired and frequently performed, Mozart’s Symphony no. 40 was a harbinger of 19th-century romanticism and had significant influence over future generations of composers. In 2006, Tafelmusik recorded Mozart’s symphonies 40 and 41 for Analekta with guest conductor Bruno Weil. “Tempos are lively, rhythms are clean, and the playing is excellent.” (

Audience members are invited to join Rick Phillips for a free pre-concert chat one hour before each performance. 


Led by Music Director Elisa Citterio, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir 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 seeksto 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 nine 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, Canada Life, McLean Foundation, Blakes LLP, iA Securities, Stikeman Elliott LLP, Margaret and John Catto, Margaret and Jim Fleck, The Pluralism Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Classical 96.3 FM and Wholenote Magazine. Tafelmusik is a proud partner of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor.


Tafelmusik’s 40th Anniversary Season Opener:
Mozart 40 | Elisa Citterio, director and violin soloist

Thu Sept 20, Fri Sept 21, Sat Sept 22, 2018 at 8pm
Sun Sept 23 at 3:30pm

Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
273 Bloor Street West, Toronto

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