February 2011 – The Scugog Council for the Arts is pleased to present a one-hour community concert by Tafelmusik at the Hope Reformed Christian Church in Port Perry on February 22 at 7:00 pm. This concert will be an introduction to Tafelmusik, the baroque orchestra, and baroque music, and admission is pay-what-you-can. Earlier in the day, the world renowned Canadian orchestra will have presented a free education concert for Scugog elementary school students. Both concerts are part of Tafelmusik’s upcoming tour of Ontario, taking place February 18 – 24th.

“Touring is an essential activity for Tafelmusik,” states Music Director Jeanne Lamon. “Taking our music to communities across the province is very important and underlines the commitment to our role as cultural ambassadors — locally, nationally and internationally. On tour we also reach out to young people through free school concerts, and audiences who may have never heard a live performance by a period orchestra.  We welcome this chance to perform for new audiences across the province.”

Recognized as “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras” (Gramophone), Tafelmusik is among Canada’s most highly-regarded cultural ambassadors and is the only Canadian orchestra to hold annual international residencies in two European countries. Hailed as “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras” by Gramophone Magazine, Tafelmusik was founded in 1979. Under the inspired leadership of Music Director and concertmaster Jeanne Lamon since 1981, Tafelmusik has achieved international recognition for its concerts and recordings. With its artist-focused mandate and commitment to excellence and innovation, Tafelmusik actively creates new contexts for the performance of baroque and classical music.

Tafelmusik’s success has taken it around the world, with regular tours across North America, Europe, and Asia. Tafelmusik performs over 50 concerts each season at its home base, the historic Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre in downtown Toronto and is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto, offering graduate programmes in period performance. The Faculty of Music is also home to the annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, an intensive two-week training programme for senior students, pre-professional and professional musicians, this year scheduled for June 2-15, 2011.

Tafelmusik has released 76 CDs on the Analekta, Sony Classical, CBC Records, BMG Classics, Hyperion and Collegium labels, and has been awarded numerous international recording prizes, including nine JUNO awards. In 2011 we anticipate two DVD releases: of our renowned Galileo Project, and our infamous Sing-Along Messiah, featuring Maestro Handel.

Doors open for the pay what you can concert at 6:15 pm with the concert starting at 7 pm. General seating only. Tafelmusik CD’s will also be on sale during the evening. For more information on this and other SCA events, visit www.scugogarts.ca or contact the SCA at 905 982-2121. For more information about Tafelmusik, visit www.tafelmusik.org.


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