Jan 30, 2014
Tafelmusik wins CAPACOA Touring Award
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Toronto, January 29, 2014 … Tafelmusik has won the 2012/13 season Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) Award for Touring Artist of the Year at the annual CAPACOA Awards Gala Dinner. The CAPACOA awards recognize excellence in the field of live performance touring and presenting in Canada. The Touring Artist of the Year award recognizes performers whose professionalism and cooperative spirit enhance their relationship with presenters.
“We are very grateful to CAPACOA and award sponsor Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall for this great honour. Our musicians love to tour and are very excited to be on the national and international stage with such innovative programmes such as Alison Mackay’s The Galileo Project and House of Dreams. We are thankful for the support from Canadian presenters, the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council – all of whom make Canadian touring possible. Receiving this award of distinction has made us all really proud,” said Managing Director Tricia Baldwin.
As Canada’s most active touring orchestra, Tafelmusik maintains a rigorous schedule of prestigious touring engagements, spending an average of 7 to 12 weeks each season on the road with annual tours. This season, the orchestra has travelled to Japan and South Korea with a Japanese version of its award-winning multi-media concert The Galileo Project, conceived and programmed by Alison Mackay. Upcoming tours this season include cities across Ontario in February, Carnegie Hall in New York City in March, a tour with Opera Atelier to the palace of Versailles, France in May, and BachFest Leipzig in Germany in June.
During the 12/13 season, Tafelmusik brought The Galileo Project to audiences across Western Canada, specifically Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. One of Tafelmusik’s most successful international exports, The Galileo Project has been seen in seen in South Korea, Japan (in Japanese), Australia and New Zealand, China (in Mandarin), Malaysia, Mexico (in Spanish), Canada and the United States since its premiere in 2009. In February 2013, Tafelmusik also performed its Baroque London programme featuring actor R.H. Thomson across Ontario.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1979 and led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon since 1981, 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 to such places as this season's tour destinations: Japan and South Korea, Carnegie Hall in New York City, BachFest Leipzig in Germany, cities across Ontario, and a tour with Opera Atelier to Versailles, France. 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 digital concert hall. Tafelmusik has a rich discography of more than 80 CDs 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 its annual artist training programmes, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Tafelmusik Winter Institute.