Tafelmusik

baroque orchestra

“Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra is a testament to what hard work and dedication to art and scholarship can do over time. This is a world-class period instrument ensemble … the playing is superb.”

— Ludwig Van Toronto

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Biography

Tafelmusik, Canada’s award-winning orchestra on period instruments,  founded in 1979, has become an internationally recognized ensemble. At the heart of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra is a group of seventeen remarkably talented, enthusiastic and dynamic permanent members, each of whom is a specialist in historical performance practice.

The orchestra tours regularly in Canada, the United States and Europe and has toured in Asia  and the Pacific since 1990. In recent years, Tafelmusik has taken The Galileo Project, House of Dreams and  J.S. BACH and the Circle of Creation on tour to major concert halls and Festivals in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America.

At home in Toronto Tafelmusik performs over 50 concerts each season. Selected concerts at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre are recorded for broadcast on CBC and on National Public Radio in the United States. Tafelmusik’s reach has extended to television and film, with performance documentaries Le Mozart Noir and The Four Seasons Mosaic, The Galileo Project and  the House of Dreams.

Tafelmusik continues its commitment to music education through the Advanced Certificate in Baroque Performance Programme at the University of Toronto, as well as a programme for students in grades 6 through 12, featuring free outreach concerts, and education events on tour including university residencies, children’s concerts and school visits. 

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*Represented only in Asia, Australia, South & Central America, and New Zealand

Programmes and projects

Explore the fusion of arts, science and culture in the 17th and 18th centuries in this imaginative concert commemorating Galileo’s first public demonstration of the telescope. Tafelmusik musicians perform the music by memory to a backdrop of high-definition images from the Hubble telescope and Canadian astronomers. The Galileo Project: Music of the Spheres features poetic narration, choreography, and music by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel.

A magical journey to the meeting places of baroque art and music – five European homes where exquisite works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Marais were played against a backdrop of paintings by Vermeer, Canaletto, and Watteau. Includes stage direction, narration, and stunning projected images.

It’s 1740, and coffee houses are the places to listen to music and share stories, in both the famous trading centre of Leipzig and one of the oldest cities in the world, Damascus. Experience the visual splendour, music, and contemporary tales of these historic locations, with music by J.S. Bach, Handel, and Telemann.

Reviews

LUDWIG VAN TORONTO

 

“Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra is a testament to what hard work and dedication to art and scholarship can do over time. This is a world-class period instrument ensemble … the playing is superb.” 

—  Paul E. Robinson, 

December 2017

CITY NEWS AUSTRALIA

“The sound that Tafelmusik makes is as if they are all playing as one and only one sound can be heard, that’s how good this group is at performing together.” 

—  May 2018

“All the terrific characteristics of the Tafelmusik Orchestra are well in hand under Elisa Citterio’s lead, namely the players’ evident engagement with the music and with one another, plus their infectious enjoyment in playing.” 

—  Concertonet.com

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