Tafelmusik Announces Updates to 16/17 Season: Guest directors Elisa Citterio and Rodolfo Richter; Haus Musik II; New dates added for Close Encounters

Aug 10, 2016

Tafelmusik Announces Updates to 16/17 Season: Guest directors Elisa Citterio and Rodolfo Richter; Haus Musik II; New dates added for Close Encounters

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Toronto, Canada, August 9, 2016 … Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir announces programing and guest artist updates to its 2016/17 season, which kicks off at Koerner Hall on September 22, 2016.


Following her stunning Tafelmusik debut last November, the “brilliant and refined” Italian violinist Elisa Citterio (Critica Classica) returns as guest director for the opening and closing concerts of the 2016/17 season. Citterio leads the orchestra in a program of baroque treasures including Handel’s festive Water Music, Bach’s Orchestral Suite no. 4 in D, and orchestral excerpts from Rameau’s extravagant opera-ballet, Les indes galantes,Sep 22 to 25, 2016 at Koerner Hall, and Sep 27, 2016 at Toronto Centre for the Arts. FromMay 4 to 7, 2017 Citterio returns to direct Tafelmusik’s debut performances of Haydn’s Symphony no. 98 in B-flat Major at Koerner Hall, part of the Mozart Mass in C Minor concerts.

Acclaimed Brazilian/British violin virtuoso Rodolfo Richter made his Tafelmusik debut last season, and has been invited to direct two programs in 2016/17. A Grand Tour of Italy features fresh and exhilarating works by 17th and 18th-century Italian composers and includes Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, as well as a violin concerto from Vivaldi’s La Cetra, Dec 1 to 4, 2016 at Koerner Hall, and Dec 6, 2016 at Toronto Centre for the Arts. Richter returns to Koerner Hall Mar 23 to 26, 2017 for one of the highlights of the season: The Baroque Diva, featuring quintessential baroque soprano Karina Gauvin singing music by Handel and Vivaldi. Richter’s “notably smooth, glowing tone” (Concerto.net) takes centre stage in Telemann’s Concerto in A Major, “The Frog.”


Following a resoundingly successful launch last May, Tafelmusik’s immersive, engaging, and experimental late-night series, Haus Musik, returns on Nov 24, 2016, in the Lower Hall of the newly refurbished Great Hall, 1087 Queen St W. Haus Musik loosens up the live classical music experience by taking it out of the traditional concert hall and into unconventional classical performance spaces: Tafelmusik musicians perform baroque music on period instruments in an informal, standing-only venue with a laid-back vibe and a cash bar. This latest Haus Musik iteration once again features direction and design by Amanda Smith, whose work as Artistic Director of FAWN Chamber Creative explores the collaborative potential of classical music. “Haus Musik is a fresh spin on baroque … Tafelmusik's fusion of classical style with electronic sound in an intimate setting is a welcome tonic to today's concert hall template.” (Toronto Star)


New dates and a second venue have been added for Close Encounters, Tafelmusik's new chamber music series that sold out in a matter of weeks. These intimate, hour-long performances, presented in an informal style with introductions from the musicians, allow audiences to explore new aspects of Tafelmusik’s repertoire. The added performances take place at 11am at Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue, on Fri, Nov 25, 2016 (Close Encounters of the Italian Kind, with music by Geminiani, Vivaldi, and Boccherini); on Fri, Feb 3, 2017 (Close Encounters of the Cross-Channel Kind, featuring music from England and France by Purcell, Leclair, and Couperin); and Fri, Apr 28, 2017 (Close Encounters of the German Kind, with music by Telemann, Zelenka, and Fasch).

Tafelmusik’s 2016/17 season includes major tours to Asia, Europe, and the United States; the release of its live recording of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony; a new multimedia concert creation — Visions & Voyages: Canada 1663–1763 — by Alison Mackay, with Ryan Cunningham of Native Earth Performing Arts, to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation; the celebration of Tafelmusik Chamber Choir’s 35th anniversary; and the 30th anniversary performance of Sing-Along Messiah at Massey Hall.

Tickets for Tafelmusik's 2016/17 concerts at Koerner Hall and Toronto Centre for the Arts are now on sale at tafelmusik.org, or by phone at those venues at (416) 408-0209, and 1 (855) 985-2787, respectively. Tickets for concerts at Massey Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, and Heliconian Hall go on sale on Aug 23, 2016.


Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1979, 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. 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 discography of 80-plus CDs has been 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 annual artist training programs, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Tafelmusik Winter Institute. Tafelmusik has been led by Jeanne Lamon since 1981, with Managing Director William Norris joining the team in 2015. In June 2014, Ms. Lamon stepped down as Music Director and continues her association with Tafelmusik as Music Director Emerita.


Tafelmusik wishes to thank the following for their generous support: BMO Financial Group, RBC Foundation, TD Bank Group, Hal Jackman Foundation, Great West Life, London Life, Canada Life, KPMG, Classical 96.3 FM, NOW Magazine, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council. Tafelmusik is a proud partner of the Bloor Street Culture Corridor.

Media contact:
Luisa Trisi, Big Picture Communications, 416 456-0499 | ltrisi@sympatico.ca
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1X7

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