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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

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The Lied Center of Kansas presents the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra performing works by Purcell, Locatelli, Veracini, Bach and Handel.Performing some of the world’s most timeless compositions by one of the world’s most unique ensembles, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra is a leading period-performance ensemble playing historical compositions with time-accurate instruments and practices. With a drive and passion for baroque-age correctness, Tafelmusik’s 17 permanent musicians play either antique or fine modern reproduction instruments.Founded in 1979 by Music Director Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik performs over 50 concerts a year at their home base in Toronto, Canada. The ensemble also tours extensively around the world, has released over 75 baroque and classical albums and has received nine Juno Awards and a Grammy award nomination.Tafelmusik’s rigorous touring schedule sees the orchestra on the road for seven to 12 weeks a year across Europe and to destinations including the United States, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China. As the only Canadian orchestra to hold an annual international residency, Tafelmusik has been orchestra-in-residence at the Klang und Raum Festival in Irsee, Germany since 1993. In September 2008, renowned German conductor Bruno Weil led Tafelmusik in works by Mozart, Haydn, Weber and Mendelssohn.As one of its signature performance pieces, Tafelmusik will present Suite in F major from Handel’s Water Music. A celebrated work commissioned by King George I in 1717. Comprised of three suites of overtures and dances, Handel composed Water Music after King George I specifically requested a concert for performance on the Thames river. The piece was originally performed by 50 musicians on a barge on the water.Tafelmusik will also perform Henry Purcell’s Suite from The Fairy Queen, Pietro Antonio Locatelli’s Concerto grosso in D major, Op. 1, No. 5, Francesco Veracini’s Overture No. 6 in G minor and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV 1043.Working towards its vision of becoming an international centre of musical excellence, Tafelmusik has invested much energy and many resources into ongoing music education and outreach programs for music-lovers of all ages. In 2000, the orchestra and choir founded the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (TBSI), held at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. TBSI offers advanced students, pre-professional and professional musicians an in-depth course of study of baroque repertoire and performance practice through master classes, lectures, orchestral and choral training, and chamber ensembles. TBSI is based at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, where Tafelmusik is the baroque orchestra-in-residence.The University of Toronto introduced a new master of music in period performance (instrumental) this season. The two-year graduate program is an intensive immersion in baroque performance on period instruments, with private lessons and coaching by Tafelmusik musicians. It complements the existing one-year advanced certificate in baroque performance program.Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra – Education and Engagement: Paul Laird, KU professor and division director of musicology will give a pre-performance address on baroque music performed on period instruments at 6:45 p.m. in the Seymour Gallery (Lied Center, second floor).Admission Information:Tickets are available for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra being presented at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at the Lied Center of Kansas. They are on sale at the Lied Center Ticket Office (785-864-2787 voice or 785-864-2777/TDD), the University Theatre Ticket Office–Murphy Hall (785-864-3982), SUA Office–Kansas Union (785-864-SHOW), and online at www.lied.ku.edu. All seats are reserved. Ticket prices are: adult $40; KU, Haskell students/children (child: 0-18 years of age) $20. Other discounts may apply: please contact the ticket office for details. All orders may be made using MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover.

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