In keeping with Tafelmusik’s quest to explore baroque and beyond while contributing to community life, 2021/22 initiatives include:
Toronto Botanical Garden’s Edwards Summer Music Series
August 18 at 7pm
Toronto Botanical Garden
777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto
This Tafelmusik Trio featuring Patricia Ahern, Christopher Verrette, and Lucas Harris will celebrate the beauty and our connection to nature through the music of the past with new energy brought to baroque music today.
The Edwards Summer Music Series includes eight FREE outdoor concerts showcasing contemporary Canadian talent, within the beauty of the Toronto Botanical Garden.
This concert series takes place Thursday nights at 7pm in July and August within the courtyard adjacent to the historic barn in Edwards Gardens. Concerts are held rain or shine (they move indoors in the case of extreme weather). Admission to the concerts is free. General seating is available on a first-come basis or guests are encouraged to bring their own chair.
Harbourfront’s Music in the Garden series
Due to inclement weather, this performance was cancelled.
June 26 at 4pm
Toronto Music Garden at Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Tafelmusik musicians enliven a summer afternoon in a magical setting! Fronting on Toronto’s inner harbour, the Toronto Music Garden is one of the city’s most enchanting locations. The idea for a park inspired by Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello came from world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, who collaborated with garden designer Julie Messervy. Julia Wedman and Cristina Zacharias, violins, Brandon Chui, viola, and Michael Unterman, violoncello, perform a selection of music by baroque composers including Leclair, Purcell, Handel, and Bach. A highlight of the program is Bach’s Ciaconna in D Minor in an arrangement by Music Director Emerita Jeanne Lamon. This appearance is generously supported by the McLean Foundation. Learn more.
Doors Open Toronto
Tafelmusik and Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (TSP) were awarded one of the coveted spots in this year’s Doors Open Toronto on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2022. We welcomed public visitors between 10am and 5pm both days. A complimentary performance by Tafelmusik took place on Sunday afternoon. There were also performances by VIVA Singers, self-guided and guided tours, and an Instrument Petting Zoo featuring Tafelmusik musicians. To learn more about Doors Open Toronto, please click here.
Tafelmusik is pleased to partner with Villa Charities and North Wind to present All Creatures Great and Small, a concert of chamber music exploring how nature and art are connected. Concert is May 20, 2022 at 7:30pm, please click here for more information.
Concerts in Care
On February 25, 2022, Tafelmusik announced a partnership with Concerts in Care Ontario, on a national initiative that brings the beauty of music of the past to seniors across Canada, from British Columbia to Quebec. From March 7 to April 4, 2022, Tafelmusik will offer four free digital concerts to more than 1,000 seniors’ facilities through a national network consisting of Concerts in Care (Ontario), Health Arts Societies (Western Canada), and LaSAMS (Quebec). Each region has selected four Tafelmusik concerts—one concert per week—that will be available for seniors to enjoy from the comfort of their residences. Learn more about this partnership here.
The Gull, the Raccoon, and the Last Maple
“No creature is an island, entire of itself; every creature is a piece of the continent.”
— John Donne
With music by Abigail Richardson-Schulte and words by Alexis Diamond, this contemporary fable commissioned by Tafelmusik for orchestra and narrator pits two of Nature’s most successful scavengers, the Gull and the Raccoon, against each other as they engage in a battle of wits over the Last Maple and the tiny slip of dry land upon which the tree sits. As the swirling waters rise and drenching storms threaten, the three must combine forces, harnessing their resourcefulness and adaptability—or perish.
This special family-friendly program premiered as our Winter Social on February 17, 2022 at 8pm ET, and streamed through February 21, 2022.
Learn more here.
Partnership with Michael Garron Hospital and University Health Network
In January 2022, Tafelmusik announced our partnership with Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) and University Health Network (UHN) on an initiative meant to uplift, inspire, and show gratitude for the tremendous dedication of healthcare professionals during the global pandemic. Throughout the month of February, Tafelmusik offered four digital concerts for the physicians, learners, and staffs of MGH and UHN to enjoy from the comfort of their homes. Learn more here.
Cultural Performing Arts Series at Evergreen Brickworks
On December 17, 2021, Evergreen Brickworks’ Cultural Performing Arts Series welcomed Tafelmusik for a chamber concert featuring violinists Julia Wedman and Christopher Verrette.
Café Counterculture at Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders Canada Annual Conference
Tafelmusik has participated virtually at the 2021 Ascend Pan-Asian Leaders Canada Annual Conference September 21 to 23, 2021. Conference delegates across Canada are invited to a screening of Café Counterculture, Tafelmusik’s baroque-to-folk hit digital concert created by Marco Cera, Andrew Downing, and Elisa Citterio. Founded in 2012, Ascend Canada partners with Canadian organizations to develop and advance Pan-Asian talent and enhance the visibility and influence of current and future Pan-Asian business leaders.
Musik in Motion at Culture Days
Musik in Motion is a free series of collaborative videos produced by Puncture Design, featuring local artists from diverse art forms. The latest installment premiered on September 24, 2021 at 7pm as part of Culture Days’ digital offerings, with Movement 1, In Studio, a new video featuring Dora Mavor Moore Award winning choreographer Hanna Kiel and recent graduates from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Learn more about Musik in Motion and this video here.
Remembering Jeanne Lamon
Two of Tafelmusik’s sister organizations paid special tribute to the late Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik’s Music Director Emerita, who passed away in June 2021. Tafelmusik’s own tribute, A Tafelmusik Tribute to Jeanne Lamon, has been announced as part of our main 2021/22 season, with in-person performances on April 2, 2022 and a digital broadcast on June 2, 2022. Learn more and buy tickets here.
Long-time collaborators Opera Atelier dedicated the film premiere of their production Angel to the memory of Jeanne Lamon: Opera Atelier’s beloved friend, treasured colleague, and collaborator for more than 35 years. Angel marked the culmination of composer Edwin Huizinga’s commission for the company in association with Associate Composer/Assistant Conductor Christopher Bagan. The 70-minute film features an international roster of artists led by Opera Atelier’s Artist In Residence—soprano Measha Brueggergosman, the Artists of Atelier Ballet, and Tafelmusik. In addition to Huizinga’s original compositions, the film includes music by William Boyce and Matthew Locke, as well as “Summer 1” and “Winter 1” by Max Richter, from Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi -The Four Seasons. Angel marked the first time Richter’s recomposition was played on period instruments.
The opening event of Early Music Nova Scotia’s 2021/22 season featured a members’ screening of The Four Seasons Mosaic, Tafelmusik’s award-winning documentary produced by Media Headquarters. In 2004, composer Mychael Danna (Life of Pi) joined forces with Tafelmusik and performers from India, China, and the Canadian Arctic to create a spectacular concert performance—a bold re-imagining of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons featuring Wen Zhao (Chinese pipa), Aruna Narayan Kalle (Indian sarangi), and Aqsarniit (Inuit throat singers), along with Tafelmusik under the direction of Jeanne Lamon.