Does music truly have the power to stir our emotions? Baroque composers believed so and strove to excite the passions of the soul through their works.

The “perpetually fabulous” (Boston Globe) Canadian violinist Aisslinn Nosky returns to direct a program revealing the peaks and valleys of the human emotional landscape—from the wistful yearning of Locatelli’s Concerto grosso in C Minor to the buoyant cheer of Telemann’s Orchestral Suite in B-flat Major.  

Vivaldi conjures up phantoms and dreamscapes in his evocative Concerto for bassoon “La Notte” (The Night), featuring Tafelmusik’s own Dominic Teresi, and a bold Overture by Fasch contrasts with a radiant Chaconne celebrating love from MaraisAlcyone.  

The grand finale of our journey through the gamut of baroque passions? Bach’s masterful Concerto for 2 violins in D Minor featuring Aisslinn Nosky and one of Tafelmusik’s newest core members, Johanna Novom, as soloists. Catch this program before Tafelmusik tours it in the United States in 2024.

Directed by Aisslinn Nosky, violin

*Passions Revealed will be filmed for future digital broadcast.  

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Running Time
2 hours
Style of Music
Baroque (orchestral)

Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre

February 23, 2024 8:00 pm
February 24, 2024 8:00 pm
February 25, 2024 3:00 pm

Aisslinn Nosky

Guest Director and violinist

The dynamic Canadian violinist Aisslinn Nosky has captivated audiences around the world. Her fierce passion for early music and skill as a soloist and director 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, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Juilliard 415. She was a member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra from 2005 to 2016. She served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Niagara Symphony from 2016 to 2019, and was 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. 


Directed by Aisslinn Nosky


Fasch Overture in D Minor
Locatelli Concerto grosso in C Minor, op. 1, no. 11
Vivaldi Concerto for bassoon “La Notte” (Dominic Teresi, soloist)
Marais Chaconne from Alcyone
Telemann Orchestral suite in B-flat Major
Bach Concerto for 2 violins in D Minor (Aisslinn Nosky & Johanna Novom, soloists)
Mondonville Sonate en symphonie no. 1 in G Major

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