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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra: Bio

Tafelmusik. The word is German and means "table music" or
"music for the feast."

The name is apt because Tafelmusik has produced a feast of firsts and bests and has won admiration throughout
the musical world.
Through its extensive national and international tours, its critically-acclaimed recordings and TV broadcasts, its new media initiatives and growing web of community and artistic partnerships, Tafelmusik is one of most prolific orchestras in the world.
Tafelmusik, Canada's award-winning period instrument orchestra, was founded in 1979 and has long been renowned in North America and internationally for its
distinct, exhilarating and soulful performances. Under the outstanding leadership of Music Director Jeanne Lamon, C.M., it has excelled equally in music ranging from the baroque and classical eras and beyond, including adventurous cross-cultural reinventions of baroque classics. In the words of Gramophone,
Tafelmusik is "one of the world's
top baroque orchestras." 
The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, specializing in baroque performance practice and vocal technique, was formed in 1981 to complement the orchestra. Under the direction of Ivars Taurins, the choir has been praised for its clarity and brilliance and has been described as "the best period-performance choir anywhere in the world..." (The Globe and Mail).  
Tafelmusik performs 50 concerts each year in Toronto at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, a historic church in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto, performs community outreach concerts, tours extensively in Canada
and throughout the world, and has a discography of 76 CDs that have garnered many national and international awards. 
At the heart of Tafelmusik is a group of remarkably talented, enthusiastic and dynamic musicians, each of whom
is a specialist in historical
performance practice.
Tafelmusik's vision is to be an international centre of excellence in period performance for generations to come. To sustain this vision, Tafelmusik is now creating artists and audiences for the future through
artist training and audience
development activities.
Tafelmusik's mission is to engage audiences locally, provincially, nationally and internationally with historically informed live and recorded musical experiences on period instruments.
Its values focus on: artistic excellence, local/national/international impact and contribution; cultural creativity and entrepreneurship; long-term relationships with artistic partners and audiences; and organizational excellence.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

J.S. Bach: Various


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1 I. Aria: Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust  
2 II. Recitative: Die Welt, das S?ndenhaus  
3 III. Aria: Wie jammern mich doch die verkehrten He  
4 IV. Recitative: Wer sollte sich demnach  
5 V. Aria: Mir ekelt mehr zu leben  
6 I. Ouverture  
7 II. Rondeau  
8 III. Sarabande  
9 IV. Bourree I & II  
10 V. Polonaise  
11 VI. Menuet  
12 VII. Badinerie  
13 I. Aria: Widerstehe doch der Sunde  
14 II. Recitative: Die Art verruchter S?  
15 III. Aria: Wer S?nde tut, der ist vom Teufel  
16 I. Allegro  
17 II. Adagio  
18 III. Allegro  
Tafelmusik presents Handel Alexander's Feast
Excerpt from Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House

Just a few short weeks after their 19th residency at the Klang und Raum Festival in Germany and the official launch of their 2011-12 season in Toronto, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra once again turns to Johann Sebastian Bach, with an album featuring two cantatas for solo alto, sung here by countertenor Daniel Taylor, a concerto for oboe and violin, performed by John Abberger and Jeanne Lamon, and a suite for violin and strings performed by Jeanne Lamon.

39 New 'ON' this week: 71 Total
SYND: PRI/Classical 24, NPR/Sunday Baroque
Direct: SiriusXM/Symphony Hall, Music Choice/Classical Masterpieces
Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Wash DC, Philadelphia, Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, St. Louis, Portland, Detroit, New Orleans, Madison WI, Omaha
Online: RadioIO, Taintradio

Crossover Media Projects with: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra