Oct 24, 2012

Tafelmusik announces 12th consecutive surplus budget at AGM following

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Toronto (Canada) … At the Annual General Meeting on October 23, 2012, Chair Andy Kenins and Treasurer Jeff Bennett of Tafelmusik’s Board of Directors announced the organization’s 12th consecutive operating surplus. In 2011/2012 — a season of important milestones for Tafelmusik at home and on the world stage — the operating surplus was $17,405 on a budget of $5.4 MM. The past season saw the highest donations in Tafelmusik’s history and continued growth in concert attendance through the combination of Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre and Koerner Hall performances.

Since 1999/2000, Tafelmusik has:

  • doubled revenues from $2.6MM to $5.4MM, funding increased artistic activity and creative programming
  • remained debt-free
  • tabled 12 consecutive balanced budgets
  • eliminated the accumulated deficit
  • created dedicated balance sheet funds for future artistic projects and as a cushion for challenging financial times
  • built its total pool of endowment funds from $314,000 to almost $4MM to ensure financial stability into the future.

Managing Director Tricia Baldwin stated, “One of the major milestones of the 2011/12 season was the creation of Tafelmusik’s own recording label, Tafelmusik Media. This international initiative will sow seeds for the organization’s future growth in recording and broadcasting, as well as build audiences around the world in the years to come.  We released The Galileo Project and Sing-Along Messiah — both filmed by 90th Parallel Productions, and re-released seven past Sony Classical and CBC Records recordings. We undertook our first live recordings with the complete Handel Messiah conducted by Ivars Taurins, and Beethoven Eroica and Mendelssohn Italian symphonies conducted by Bruno Weil. We created our Watch & Listen digital concert hall with both audio and video recordings to ensure free access to the Tafelmusik experience by the next generation of music lovers.”

An important landmark event was the celebration of Jeanne Lamon’s 30th Anniversary as Music Director. This occasion saw Ms. Lamon directing a semi-staged version of Handel’s Hercules, with Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse-Zingg as stage director and choreographer. Other milestones included special concerts celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir under chamber choir director Ivars Taurins, as well as 25th anniversary performance of Sing-Along Messiah.

During the 2011/12 season, the orchestra travelled to Alberta to work on the co-production of Alison Mackay’s House of Dreams with the Banff Centre, which was presented to audiences in Toronto in March 2012.  Tafelmusik’s debut concerts in Australia and New Zealand featured performances of Alison Mackay’s earlier multi-media concert The Galileo Project for rapturous audiences; The Galileo Project subsequently won Australia’s Helpmann Award for Best Instrumental Ensemble Concert.

By invitation from Maestro Kent Nagano at the beginning of the season, Ivars Taurins and Tafelmusik Chamber Choir joined the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and guest soloists to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the inaugural concert in the OSM’s new home, Maison symphonique. Tafelmusik was thrilled to be invited by Opera Atelier to perform in their production of Lully’s Armide in Versailles, France. 2011/12 marked the final season of 19 years as orchestra-in-residence at Germany’s Klang und Raum Festival with Bruno Weil.

Tafelmusik welcomed several internationally acclaimed guest artists during the 2011/12 season: oboist and guest director Alfredo Bernardini; recorder soloist Marion Verbruggen; violinist and guest director Rachel Podger; and guest conductor Bruno Weil.

Looking ahead to cultivating the next generation of musicians and concert-goers, Tafelmusik undertook a number of initiatives last season: the Orchestra attracted 102 pre-professional and professional musicians from around the world to study at the 2011/12 Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, which was organized by Artistic Co-ordinator Charlotte Nediger. Tafelmusik expanded its Baroque Mentors artistic training programme, and embarked on educational activities for 6,376 children. Tafelmusik continued to expand its social media activities on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, as well as its Face the Musik programme for people ages 30 and under, and Pay-What-You-Can Fridays.

Managing Director’s Tricia Baldwin’s excellence and accomplishment in the arts management profession was recognized through the prestigious John Hobday Award in Arts Management administered by The Canada Council for the Arts. Ms. Baldwin was also the recipient of a full scholarship from the Harvard Business School Club of Toronto in collaboration with KPMG.

Andy Kenins thanked Music Director Jeanne Lamon for a great season, and also for three decades of amazing leadership at Tafelmusik, knowing that her last few years at Tafelmusik will be wonderful. Mr. Kenins also thanked Choir Director Ivars Taurins, all the musicians, Managing Director Tricia Baldwin and the staff team, and the Tafelmusik Board of Directors for an outstanding season that represented a string of successes at home and on the world stage.

Treasurer Jeff Bennett noted that the total of $1.1MM in Net Assets puts Tafelmusik in a stronger position to invest in a number of upcoming new initiatives while weathering the current economic environment. 2011/12 ticket sales were strong at $1.6 MM. A tremendously successful joint gala with the University Health Network and Artists’ Health Centre Foundation in May 2012 raised more than $150,000 in support of Tafelmusik’s concert and education programmes.

“I was delighted to celebrate my 30th anniversary as Music Director leading performances of Handel’s Hercules at Koerner Hall,” stated Music Director Jeanne Lamon. “Last year, our home season featured many excellent Canadian and international soloists. We presented Alison Mackay’s stunning House of Dreams to our audience at Trinity-St. Paul’s in 2012, and shortly afterwards, took The Galileo Project to Australia and New Zealand for our debut performances in those countries. We were very excited to perform Lully’s Armide with our major artistic partner Opera Atelier, both here in Toronto and at the Royal Theatre in Versailles, France. This year we also continued our national artist training through the Baroque Mentors programme for Canada’s emerging artists.”

Outgoing Board member Charles Taylor was acknowledged for his contribution as an active board member over the last three years, and Andy Kenins wished him the best in his new home city of Calgary. Tafelmusik thanked its sponsors and donors at the Annual General Meeting, with special mention to Season Presenting Sponsor Sun Life Financial for its leadership support. Bank of Montreal was thanked for its significant support of the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, and much appreciation was expressed to Al and Jane Forest for their generous support of the Handel’s Hercules production. 

Tafelmusik is grateful for the 2011/12 season support of its government partners at the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Canadian Heritage.


Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon and founded in 1979, is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. The orchestra performs over 50 concerts a year at home in Toronto, tours extensively around the world, has released over 80 CDs and has received nine JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik Media, the choir and orchestra’s multi-platform recording label, was launched in January 2012. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and operates its annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.  The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. The 2012/13 touring season brings Tafelmusik’s two most recent multi-media concerts, The Galileo Project and House of Dreams, to audiences across North America.


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Luisa Trisi, Big Picture Communications, 416 481‐1161 | e‐mail: ltrisi@sympatico.ca
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