An all-Bach weekend in Stratford for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Canada’s Daniel Taylor sings with Tafelmusik in Stratford on Sunday afternoon.

This year’s expanded Stratford Summer Music festival includes the local début of Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra on Saturday and Sunday at St Andrew’s Church. Continue reading


Stratford Summer Music announces spectacular, piano and Glenn Gould-centric July and August

17-year-old piano sensation Jan Lisiecki will present three solo recitals at Stratford Summer Music this year.

Using the 80th anniversary of Glenn Gould’s birth as his excuse, Stratford Summer Music artistic producer John Miller today unveiled a spectactular summer season, featuring several notable pianists, as well as a long list of other classical and more popular concert guests — including Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra — for its 12th season, which kicks off on July 16, and runs almost to the end of August.

“This year we take a major leap to present the most renowned names and series we have ever offered,” said Miller, the music festival’s founder, in a press release.  “We’re adding a week and offering several special programs in tribute to Glenn Gould who would have celebrated his 80th birthday this year and who, in the 1950’s and ‘60’s, was a strong proponent of the place of music among the arts in our city.” Continue reading

Tonight: Canada’s only French horn-playing Purcell singer?

Erin Cooper Gay sets down her horn for 3 B'roque Girls, a vocal concert tonight at Trinity College Chapel (Bo Huang photo).

How many professional musicians not working in musicals directed by John Doyle could credibly go from playing French horn in a Mahler symphony one night to singing a Handel aria the next?

Toronto’s Erin Cooper Gay is one of those rare creatures. Continue reading

CD Review: A warm heart beats at centre of Tafelmusik Bach collection

Bach (Analekta)

Tafelmusik’s latest album from Montreal’s Analekta label, out since last October, deserves its Juno nomination as much for the quality of the interpretations as for the clever programming, which alternates two short sacred cantatas with instrumental pieces. Continue reading