Tour Blog

May 15, 2012

Versailles Tour - May 15, 2012

John Abberger (oboe)

We have returned from Versailles, exhilarated by the enthusiastic reception that Armide received there. This is a grand moment for Opera Atelier, and we are all savouring their success.

May 11, 2012

Versailles Tour - May 11, 2012

John Abberger (oboe)

For musicians who, like us, do not live in Europe but spend most of our time performing European music, the experience of performing this music in historical venues cannot be adequately described.

Apr 28, 2012

Ontario Tour - Apr 28, 2012

Stephanie Miletic (Operations Manager)

Our last day in Sudbury was packed full with a variety of activities. Christopher Verrette and I headed to Laurentian University for a 9am masterclass with violin and viola students.

Apr 27, 2012

Ontario Tour - Apr 27, 2012

Stephanie Miletic (Operations Manager)

It was an early morning start yesterday with an education concert in Sundridge.

Apr 26, 2012

Ontario Tour - Apr 26, 2012

Stephanie Miletic (Operations Manager)

My name is Stephanie Miletic and I am the Operations Manager at Tafelmusik. My daily duties consist of organizing the production details for concerts, and for the past two years I have organized the Ontario Tours. Hailing from St. Mary's Ontario, population of 6 700, it brings me such joy to organize tours that enrich smaller Ontario schools, towns and cities.

Mar 18, 2012

Australia/New Zealand Tour - Mar 18, 2012

Cristina Zacharias (violin)

The last day of the tour was a very busy one, with a kids show in the afternoon and the full concert in the evening. The New Zealand International Arts Festival closes two days after we leave and we were the last big musical performance of the festival. It was a nice touch that recent refugees and immigrants to Wellington were invited, as well as the 300 local students. It's always fun to hear the kid's questions at the end of the show, usually proof of how closely they were paying attention.

Mar 15, 2012

Australia/New Zealand Tour - Mar 15, 2012

Cristina Zacharias (violin)

From Adelaide our next and final Australian stop was Brisbane. We arrived to a gorgeous tropical day. Tom Georgi lived and worked in Brisbane until he joined Tafelmusik in 1989, and he invited us to a Turkish restaurant to meet a group of his friends from the local musical community.

Mar 14, 2012

Australia/New Zealand Tour - Mar 14, 2012

Cristina Zacharias (violin)

We left Sydney and headed to Adelaide, where we are part of the Adelaide Festival. The Adelaide festival is a huge month-long event that incorporates orchestras, bands, food, drink and a huge fringe festival.

Mar 12, 2012

Australia/New Zealand Tour - Mar 12, 2012

Shaun Smyth (narrator)

Monday was our first of two stops in Sydney and it went brilliantly. The schedule was very tight.

Mar 7, 2012

Australia/New Zealand Tour - Mar 7, 2012

Shaun Smyth (narrator)

It’s been a whirlwind trip so far. It seems like most everyone has gotten over their jetlag. Perth was our first stop and so beautiful. We played to a packed-out concert hall and some people even stood up – which we heard later was very unusual for Australian audiences.