Toronto, Canada, January 31, 2013 … Renowned actor R.H. Thomson joins Canada’s most active touring orchestra, Tafelmusik, to bring Baroque London to Barrie on February 9, Oakville on February 10, Goderich on February 11, and an Orangeville high school on February 12. In March, a trio of Tafelmusik musicians will travel to Timmins, Cochrane and Iroquois Falls, Ontario for a series of five education concerts.
Baroque London is conceived, scripted, and acted by R.H. Thomson, who lends his imagination to what life would have been like for Mr. Richard Neale, an oboist in the King’s Theatre Haymarket. The first Englishman to be hired in Handel’s orchestra in London, Neale would have played for many important composers of the era. Handel’s music forms the backbone of this programme, which includes works by several of his contemporaries.
R.H. Thomson has worked with Tafelmusik on many occasions, bringing scripts and characters to life in such programmes as Metamorphosis and Purcell’s King Arthur. For Baroque London, Thomson explores a character of his own creation. “What attracted me to Richard Neale, the forgotten oboist, was his ordinariness. Democracy stirs when the commoner is heard. We hear stories of the greats, the famous and the favourites, but who were the common players?” says Thomson.
Thomson collaborated closely with Tafelmusik Music Director Jeanne Lamon, who programmed the music for Baroque London. Mr. Neale’s remembrances will be interwoven between several works by Handel including the Entrance of the Queen of Sheba and excerpts from three of the composer’s concerti grossi, and music by John Loeillet, Giuseppe Sammartini, Johann Quantz, John Galliard, Giovanni Bononcini, Francesco Geminiani and Pietro Castrucci.
Tafelmusik maintains a rigorous schedule of prestigious touring engagements, spending an average of 7 to 12 weeks a year on the road with annual tours of Canada, the United States of America and Europe. Last spring the orchestra made its debut in Australia and New Zealand with their multimedia programme The Galileo Project, and in May they joined Opera Atelier at the Royal Opera in Versailles, France, for performances of Lully’s opera Armide. Last fall Tafelmusik toured to Western Canada with The Galileo Project, which has been released on CD and DVD on the Tafelmusik Media label. An upcoming tour to the United States sees Tafelmusik’s spectacular House of Dreams programme travel to several cities including New York City, Los Angeles, and Seattle in March, and to Penn State University in April.
Tafelmusik Ontario tour itinerary:
Feb 9, 7:30 PM
Hi-Way Pentecostal Church, Barrie, ON,
Presented by the Barrie Concert Association
Tickets: Barrie Concert Association, barrieconcerts.com
Feb 10, 4:00 PM
St. Jude's Anglican Church, Oakville, ON
Presented by St. Jude's Celebration of the Arts Series
Feb 11, afternoon
Lakeshore United Church, Goderich, ON
Lakeshore United Church, Goderich, ON
Presented by Lakeshore United Church
Feb 12, afternoon
Orangeville District Secondary School, Orangeville, ON
Tafelmusik musicians are also undertaking the following education activities:
March 25 Education concert at St. Paul’s School, Timmins, ON
March 26 Two education concerts at Cochrane Public School, Cochrane, ON
March 27 Education concert at Iroquois Falls Public School, Iroquois Falls, ON
Education concert at St. Anne English Catholic School, Iroquois Falls, ON
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 more than 50 concerts a year at home in Toronto, tours extensively around the world, has released more than 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 and the recently launched Tafelmusik Winter 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 multimedia concerts, The Galileo Project and House of Dreams, to audiences across North America.