Be among the first to welcome Tafelmusik’s new Principal Guest Director, violinist Rachel Podger, in our all-Mozart season opener.

“It’s such a cliché to describe a person as a ray of sunshine … violinist Rachel Podger is living proof that clichés are based in reality. Her interpretations radiate the same luminosity as her personality” (Toronto Star). Known for her “serene virtuoso fluency” (Gramophone), Rachel Podger launches her new role as Tafelmusik’s Principal Guest Director with an all-Mozart extravaganza at Koerner Hall.

Our opening concert of the 2024/25 Season begins with a piece of buried treasure that is new for both Podger and Tafelmusik—the incidental music for Thamos, King of Egypt. Mozart’s love for the theatre shines throughout the work, which vividly mirrors the play’s dramatic arc while foreshadowing the brilliant lyricism of his final opera, The Magic Flute. Podger then follows her striking 2023 performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto no.1 with the charming Concerto no.2 in D Major.

At the heart of our program is Mozart’s symphony no.41 in C Major, “Jupiter.” A revolutionary, forward-looking masterpiece brimming with vigour and optimism, it ultimately proved to be Mozart’s final symphony before his untimely death at age 35.

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Running Time
2 hours
Style of Music
Classical orchestral

Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning

September 27, 2024 8:00 pm
September 28, 2024 8:00 pm
September 29, 2024 3:00 pm

Guest artists

Rachel Podger

Principal guest director & violin soloist

“Rachel Podger, the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin,” (The Times) has established herself as a leading interpreter of baroque and classical music. Fresh from being announced as the winner of two 2023 BBC Music Magazine Awards for Instrumental Recording and Recording of the Year, as 23/24 Artist in Focus for Kings Place, and with two new albums released this month, Principal Guest Director Rachel Podger was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in October 2015, Gramophone Artist of the Year 2018, and the Ambassador for REMA’s Early Music Day 2020. A creative programmer, she is the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque.

Following an exciting and innovative collaboration, A Guardian Angel, with the vocal ensemble VOCES8, Rachel was thrilled to be one of the Artists in Residence at the renowned Wigmore Hall in 2019/2020. Alongside this, Rachel and Christopher Glynn released the world premiere of three previously unfinished Mozart sonatas as completed by Timothy Jones (2021). Their second disc together of three Beethoven Sonatas was released in March 2022. Recent recordings include a disc of solo repertoire along with a recording of C.P.E. Bach sonatas with fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout.


Directed by Rachel Podger
Tafelmusik Orchestra


Entractes from Thamos, King of Egypt  
Violin Concerto no. 2 in D Major  
Symphony no. 41 in C Major “Jupiter”  

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