Tafelmusik with Toronto Botanical Garden

February 26, 2023

Patricia Ahern & Geneviève Gilardeau, violins
Keiran Campbell, violoncello
Charlotte Nediger, harpsichord


Jan Adams Reincken             

Partita 6 from Hortus Music (A Musical Garden)

Sonata – Allemand – Courant – Saraband – Gigue

Angelo Maria Fiorè                  

Cello sonata in A Major

Martin Peerson

The Primrose

James Oswald                        

Airs for the Seasons: Winter
Goldenrod: Pastorale – Musette – Tempo di Minuetto
Snowdrop: Affettuoso – Gavotta
Laurel: Andantino – Allegro – Giga

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer   

Sonata Cu Cu (The Cuckoo)

François Couperin                  

Les Abeilles (The Bees)

James Oswald                        

Airs for the Seasons: Spring
Jonquil: Air – Giga
Narcissus: Pastorale – Giga
Tulip: March – Allegro moderato – Hornpipe

Jean-Philippe Rameau                                 

Le Vézinet

Charles Avison                        

Concerto in D Minor after Scarlatti “The Garden of Harmony”
Largo andante – Allegro spiritoso – Vivace – Più allegro

About Toronto Botanical Garden

Music and gardens have gone hand-in-hand throughout history. At Toronto Botanical Garden we have a long-held tradition of the Edwards Summer Music Series on Thursday nights in July and August. And when we ask our community what they want more of—we heard loud and clear more art, more music, more performances. Following a very successful summer concert with Tafelmusik in the garden, our teams came together and grew the seed of an idea into what you will experience today. We are tremendously grateful to Tafelmusik for their partnership and exceptional expanded programming.

In addition to Toronto’s vibrant arts and culture opportunities, we are so fortunate to live in a city that has been named the fourth greenest city in the world by the World Economic Forum. While you may personally know that public gardens and greenspace are vital to your well being, Toronto Botanical Garden has a key role to play to help our whole community know, experience, and embrace the value of our city’s cultivated and natural places. And by living up to this TBG looks to the future with the distinct goal to cultivate a diverse community that has a profound connection to nature, inspiring positive impact to our local ecosystems and beyond.

As spring emerges and 30,000 spring bulbs prepare to put on a big show, we invite you to stay connected with our dynamic plant community and immerse yourself in our enriching learning environment.

—Stephanie Jutila
Executive Director
Toronto Botanical Garden

The Garden is open daily from dawn until dusk and admission is free. Our Visitor Centre, Garden Shop, Weston Family Library, and public washrooms are open daily.

For information on upcoming programs and events: torontobotanicalgarden.ca/events

About Tafelmusik

Tafelmusik is one of the world’s leading period-instrument ensembles, performing on instruments and in styles appropriate for the era of the music. Renowned for dynamic, engaging, and soulful performances, Tafelmusik performs for audiences across Toronto and digital audiences around the world, and is Canada’s most toured orchestra, having performed in more than 350 cities in 32 countries. The critically acclaimed Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, and its director Ivars Taurins, often share the stage with the orchestra. Tafelmusik’s recordings on the Sony, CBC Records, Analekta, and Tafelmusik Media labels have garnered ten JUNOs and numerous international recording prizes.

“We are delighted to partner with Toronto Botanical Garden for these chamber concerts, which take place in the most beautiful setting imaginable,” says Daniela Nardi, Tafelmusik’s Interim Executive Director. “The inaugural Tafelmusik in the Garden winter series aligns with our quest to explore baroque and beyond while nurturing community life. In the depths of a Canadian winter, nothing could be more alluring than the promise of spring accompanied by the sound of live music.”

Patricia Ahern was educated at Northwestern University, Indiana University, and the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. She taught baroque violin at the Freiburg Conservatory in Germany and Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute, and has given masterclasses‬ at McGill, York University, Wilfrid Laurier, University of Windsor, Western‬ University, University of Toronto, University of Wisconsin, Grand Valley State University, California State University Long Beach, Sookmyung Women’s University (Seoul), and the Sydney Conservatorium (Australia). She has concertized throughout Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America, and has performed with Milwaukee Baroque, Ars Antigua, Chicago Opera Theater, Toronto Consort, Aradia, I Furiosi, Newberry Consort, Musica Pacifica, and the Carmel Bach Festival. Tricia has been invited to play this season with the Eybler quartet and Banff’s Evolution Quartet program. Tricia has‬ recorded for Sony, Naxos, and Analekta, and joined Tafelmusik in 2002.‬

Geneviève Gilardeau has been a core member of Tafelmusik since 1999. She has been featured as a soloist several times with the group, in recordings of concertos by Vivaldi and Leclair, and in concert playing concertos by Bach and Telemann. She was introduced to baroque performance practice by the violinist and conductor Jean-François Rivest, at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Chicoutimi and at the Université de Montréal, where she obtained her Master’s degree. A core member of Les Violons du Roy from 1995 to 1998, she commuted during those years from Quebec City to Toronto in order to study baroque violin with Jeanne Lamon at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory. Geneviève also performs with several groups in Toronto (Aradia, Toronto Consort, Classical Consort) and in Montreal (Masques, Les voix humaines). With her husband, lutenist Lucas Harris, she released the CD The Bach-Weiss Sonata. She is the proud mother of 11-year-old Daphnée Gilardeau Harris.

Keiran Campbell was drawn to the cello after he stumbled across one in his grandmother’s basement and was baffled by its size. Once he turned 8, he began taking lessons—on a much smaller cello—in his native Greensboro, North Carolina. After studying extensively with Leonid Zilper, former solo cellist of the Bolshoi Ballet, he received his Bachelors and Masters at the Juilliard School, working with Darrett Adkins, Timothy Eddy, and Phoebe Carrai. Keiran also spent several springs in Cornwall, England, studying with Steven Isserlis and Ralph Kirshbaum at Prussia Cove.

Keiran has performed with ensembles including The English Concert, NYBI, Philharmonia Baroque, The Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Four Nations Ensemble, and Les Violons du Roy. He recently performed with Le Concert Des Nations under Jordi Savall, touring Europe performing Beethoven Symphonies before recording them on Savall’s new Beethoven CD. During the summers, Keiran has performed with Teatro Nuovo, Lakes Area Music Festival, and The Carmel Bach Festival. He is also on faculty at the recently formed, UC Berkeley-based, Chamber Music Collective, which focuses primarily on post-1750 performance practice. Recent performance highlights include concerto appearances with Tafelmusik and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, a concert of Monteverdi Madrigals with Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations in Carnegie Hall, a solo recital with fortepianist Sezi Seskir at the Berkeley Early Music festival, and performances of Handel’s Saul and Solomon with English Concert at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh Festival.

Keiran is also fascinated by instrument making, which he studies with the maker of his cello, Timothy Johnson.

As a performer, Charlotte Nediger’s first love is playing continuo in an orchestral and/or choral setting, something she’s been delighted to do with Tafelmusik since joining the orchestra in 1980 at age 21. She also works being the scenes as Assistant to the Music Director, Librarian, and Program Editor, and oversees Tafelmusik’s Artist Training programs, notably as Artistic Coordinator of the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. A native of southwestern Ontario, Charlotte holds Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Western Ontario and a Solo Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the Netherlands. She teaches at the University of Toronto.

Thank You to our Generous Donors

Tafelmusik is deeply grateful to our generous donors who have continued to support us through this challenging time. Your support has inspired us to remain strong and to deliver joy to our community through our music, and will enable us to persevere until we can once again perform live for you, our cherished patrons. Thank you for believing in Tafelmusik and in the power and beauty of music.

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