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KARINA GAUVIN: A SOPRANO CONSIDERED “ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VOICES IN THE BUSINESS” SINGS HANDEL AND VIVALDI IN TAFELMUSIK’S “THE BAROQUE DIVA” FROM MARCH 23 TO 26, 2017 AT KOERNER HALL: A REVIEWER’S INTERVIEW WITH PEOPLE IN THE ARTS

Photo by Michael Slobodian James Strecker: What important beliefs do you express in your work? Karina Gauvin: Staying true to the composer’s wishes and paying special attention to style. Style defines every era in music, and I try to mould … Continue reading

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TAFELMUSIK CHAMBER CHOIR TURNS 35 WITH HANDEL, STEFFANI, LULLY, RAMEAU, AND ZELENKA IN A VERY SPECIAL CONCERT AND –IT’S THEIR DOING- A VERY HIGH AUDIENCE IN RESPONSE

I’m not aware of any debate in Ottawa concerning the legalization of Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. To be sure, there is much documented evidence confirming that any experience of this uniquely exhilarating band of players does indeed lead to scoring … Continue reading

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IVARS TAURINS, AKA MR. HANDEL, DISCUSSES HISTORICALLY-INFORMED PERFORMANCE, A LIFE IN MUSIC, THE TAFELMUSIK CHAMBER CHOIR ON ITS 35TH ANNIVERSARY, AND THE TAFELMUSIK ANNUAL SING-ALONG MESSIAH: A REVIEWER’S INTERVIEW WITH PEOPLE IN THE ARTS

Photos by Gary Beechey JAMES STRECKER: If you were asked for 50 words for an encyclopedia to summarize what you do, what would you say? IVARS TAURINS: I guess I’d have to open with: an “HIP” (historically-informed performance) conductor, enjoying … Continue reading

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THE TORONTO SYMPHONY, THE TORONTO MENDELSSOHN CHOIR, AND FOUR DISTINCTLY REWARDING SOLOISTS IN HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Mezzo Soprano Allyson McHardy with conductor Grant Llewellyn: photo by Malcolm Cook Tradition be damned. The next time I attend a performance of Handel’s Messiah, I shall insist on seats in a section where one is not compelled to rise … Continue reading

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