Sep 28, 2015

Violinist & Guest Director Cecilia Bernardini returns for Musik Mania concerts October 1 to 6, 2015

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"Cecilia Bernardini, with her gorgeous, rounded, golden sound, crafted long and beautiful lines out of her solos … she is a violinist who draws you into her space. And once you're there, you do indeed 
want it to go on forever.” - The Herald (UK)
Toronto, September 21, 2015 … Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra welcomes back violinist and guest director Cecilia Bernardini for Musik Mania, October 1 to 4, 2015 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, and October 6 at George Weston Recital Hall. The inaugural Tafelscene 35 & under event of the 2015-16 season takes place at intermission on Saturday, October 3, and earlier that day from 1 to 3 PM, Cecilia Bernardini will give a public Guest Artist Masterclass.
The Musik Mania programme is built around the theme of madness, chaos, and folly, and includes Zelenka’s single-movement overture Hypochondria, Geminiani’s Concerto grosso no. 12 in D Minor after Corelli "La Follia", and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 in G major, with what Bernardini describes as “a touch of violinistic madness” in the final movement.
The entire second half consists of music selected by Bernardini which Tafelmusik will be performing for the first time: Vivaldi’s Concerto in F Major, "Il Proteo, o il mondo al rovescio" (Proteus or the upside-down world); Telemann’s suite for strings Le Bizzarre, which weaves a series of musical jokes into the score; and Keiser’s Sinfonia from Der lächerliche Prinz Jodelet, a lighthearted musical farce.
Dutch–Italian Cecilia Bernardini is widely considered to be one of the most versatile violinists of her generation, performing on both modern and baroque violin. As a soloist, she has performed in many of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls, playing much of the romantic and baroque concerto repertoire. She frequently leads and directs modern and period instrument ensembles — among them Ensemble Zefiro, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, The King’s Consort, Collegium Japan, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and The Netherlands Bachvereniging — and in 2012 was appointed leader of the Dunedin Consort (John Butt, Director). Bernardini features regularly as a soloist and appears on their critically acclaimed recordings of Bach’s St. John Passion, Brandenburg Concertos and the award-winning Mozart Requiem. 
Bernardini made her Tafelmusik debut in 2014 and remarked about her experience with the orchestra in an interview:  “I've known their name since I was a child and I know my father (baroque oboist Alfredo Bernardini) enjoyed working with them. I've worked with many groups before and I found Tafelmusik incredibly responsive. They have a wonderful discipline and work in a very collaborative atmosphere.” 
As part of Tafelmusik’s Baroque Mentors series, a public Guest Artist Masterclass with Cecilia Bernardini will be offered on Saturday October 3 from 1 to 3 PM. Participants have the opportunity to work with these mentors in public masterclasses and to see them in performance. Admission is free for all, with a suggested donation of $10. 
Tafelmusik continues its tremendously successful 35 & Under membership programme, Tafelscene with its first event of the season during intermission at the October 3 concert. Launched in 2012, Tafelscene was responsible for almost 15% of single tickets sold for the 2014/2015 season. Young audience members will continue to have the opportunity to attend concerts at discount prices, be invited to intimate intermission parties with Tafelmusik musicians, and gain access to a number of special events beyond the concert hall.  
Media contact: 
Luisa Trisi, Big Picture Communications, 416 481‐1161 | e‐mail: 
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1X7
High‐resolution photos of Tafelmusik and guest artists are available for download here