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Handel & Vivaldi

Daniel Taylor, conductor
Matthias Maute, conductor

Instrumentalists of Montreal’s Ensemble Caprice join 12 vocal soloists from the Theatre of Early Music to perform Handel’s Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline and Vivaldi’s Concertos and Psalms. Handel’s piece was first performed at the funeral of the Queen at Westminster Abbey on December 17, 1737. Queen Caroline was the consort of George II of Great Britain and had been friend and patron to Handel for more than 30 years when she died.

Trinity College Chapel

$40, $25 senior, $10 student

Renovated Rhymes

Strictly for adults – but only those who can see the lighter side of life! Ogden Nash, Edward Lear, Dennis Lee, and other playful wordsmiths provide the inspiration for music that is amusing, enchanting, and also thought-provoking – proof that a sense of humour is the best defense against the perils of the grown-up world. Readings are from James Thurber's 'Fables for our Time'

Featuring James McLennan, tenor, Doug MacNaughton, baritone, Ross Manson, actor/reader, and the Talisker Players.

Baroque Masters

Violinist and Guest Director: Elisa Citterio.

Italian violinist Elisa Citterio leads the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in a refreshing programme of music by baroque masters: concerti grossi by Corelli and Locatelli (the beautiful Il Pianto d’Arianna), an orchestral suite by Fasch, and a Vivaldi Concerto for two violins and two oboes. Ms. Citterio will celebrate her Tafelmusik debut with performances of Bach’s Concerto for violin in A Minor BWV 1041.

The Human Passions

Violinist and Guest Director: Rodolfo Richter.

This season opener features the Tafelmusik debut of Mireille Lebel (mezzo soprano), who performs dramatic arias from Vivaldi's Il Farnace, and Handel's Alcina, Ariodante, and Rinaldo. Tafelmusik's Dominic Teresi performs Vivaldi's Bassoon Concerto in F Major, RV 485, and Rodolfo Richter performs his own violin transcription of Bach's bold Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052. 

ROM Daytime: Made in China

The Royal Ontario Museum presents ROM Daytime: Made in China, explore the history of China and the west through the ROM’s newest exhibit Made in China: Encounters through Export Art, with Dr. Wen-chien Cheng. From 11:00am-1:00pm in the Eaton Theatre, Free with admission.

Monteverdi Vespers

As a finale to this stellar season, The Toronto Consort presents one of the greatest musical masterpieces of all time, the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610! From the splendour of the richly-scored psalms to the intimacy of the sensuous motets, this is a work of infinite variety and profundity. For this special performance we have brought together an international group of singers and players, led by British tenor Charles Daniels and Montreal’s premier cornetto and sackbut ensemble La Rose des Vents.

The Soul of Naples

The soul of Naples has always been expressed in its passionate, vivacious music, and Renaissance Naples is no exception. Comic street songs, erotic love poetry, wild tarantellas, virtuoso fantasias, all of these come alive when the Toronto Consort joins forces with Vesuvius Ensemble in a magnificent evening of music from 16-century Naples. Vesuvius Ensemble is one of the world’s foremost groups specializing in early Neapolitan music, led by singer extraordinaire Francesco Pellegrino.

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