Oct 28, 2022 at 8pm
Oct 29, 2022 at 2pm

Nosky’s performance as soloist injected a freshness and dramatic fire… she tossed off her runs and arpeggios with dazzling precision.

Boston Classical Review

Toronto, September 28, 2022 … Renowned for performances that “rouse the audience to near frenzy” (WGBH Boston), the “perpetually fabulous” (Boston Globe) violinist and guest director Aisslinn Nosky leads Tafelmusik in Trailblazers, an invigorating program of large-scale chamber works from the romantic period. Concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston since 2011, Nosky is a former member of Tafelmusik and a perennial fan favourite.

Featuring music by Reicha, Mendelssohn, and the French musical pioneer Louise Farrenc, Trailblazers takes place on Oct 28, 2022 at 8pm and Oct 29, 2022 at 2pm at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. Tickets and information are available at tafelmusik.org.

“It’s really exciting to be returning to Tafelmusik,” says Aisslinn Nosky. “I’ve missed playing with all of these great musicians. I am very privileged in that I get to work as a guest with different groups in North America and Europe and over the years I have encountered many fabulous musicians, but Tafelmusik’s players are truly the cream of the crop. I can’t wait to make music with them again!”

Though he was just 16 when he composed the Octet in E-flat Major, op. 20, Mendelssohn was very precise in outlining his concept, urging the eight musicians to play “in symphonic orchestral style.” With its youthful vitality and sheer virtuosity, the Octet is regarded as one of the great chamber music works of the 19th century.

Wind instruments take centre stage in Reicha’s Wind quintet in E Minor, op. 88, no. 1 and in Tafelmusik’s premiere performance of the Nonet in E-flat Major, op. 38 for winds and strings by the French composer Louise Farrenc, a trailblazing woman who became the toast of Paris following the work’s triumphant premiere in 1849. Seven years earlier, Farrenc made history as the first female professor at the Paris Conservatory. After more than a century and a half of neglect, her music is enjoying a long overdue resurgence.

Tafelmusik is delighted to welcome back BMO as Season Presenting Sponsor for the second consecutive year. BMO’s sponsorship programs provide significant funding for organizations that enrich community life, and Tafelmusik is grateful for their support.


Trailblazers: Mendelssohn & Farrenc

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Aisslinn Nosky guest director and violin soloist

Oct 28, 2022 at 8pm
Oct 29, 2022 at 2pm
Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre

Tickets start at $25 and are available at tafelmusik.org

Tafelmusik gratefully acknowledges the support of BMO, Presenting Sponsor of the 2022/23 concert season, and of our government partners, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The dynamic Canadian violinist Aisslinn Nosky has captivated audiences around the world. Her fierce passion for early music and skill as a soloist, director, and conductor have generated robust appreciation. Hailed as “superb” by The New York Times and “a fearsomely powerful musician” by The Toronto Star, widespread demand for Aisslinn continues to grow.

Aisslinn was appointed Concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston in 2011. She has also appeared as guest director and soloist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Holland Baroque, and Symphony Nova Scotia. She was a member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra from 2005 to 2016 and served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Niagara Symphony from 2016 to 2019. Aisslinn is currently Guest Artist-in-Residence of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Aisslinn has recorded the complete Haydn and Mozart violin concertos with the Handel and Haydn Society.

Tafelmusik is an orchestra, choir, and experience that celebrates beauty through music of the past. Founded over 40 years ago on the pillars of passion, learning, and artistic excellence, Tafelmusik continues to bring new energy to baroque music and beyond. Historically informed performances of 17th- to 19th-century instrumental and choral music share the stage with vibrant, insightful multimedia programs, and bold new music written just for the group. Each piece is played on period instruments, underscored and illuminated by scholarship.

Through dynamic performances, international touring, award-winning recordings, and comprehensive education programs, Tafelmusik invites audiences to engage with beauty and experience the breadth of emotion music can inspire.

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