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2016/17 Season

April 18 – May 4/16

Residency at Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology, Otis, OR

May 6 and 7/16 @ 8 pm
May 8/16 @ 3:30

Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610
with the Toronto Consort and guests
La Rose des Vents, Charles Daniels and others
Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, Toronto, ON
torontoconsort.org

May 26, 27 and 28/16

The Fairy Queen with Toronto Masque Theatre

May 29/16 @ 3 pm

So Many Sonatas, So Little Time…
with harpsichordist Borys Medicky
Registry Theatre, Kitchener, ON
notabenebaroque.ca

July 17-24/16

Amherst Early Music
New London, CT

July 27/16

Karjaa Church, Karjaa, Finland
with Elina Mustonen, harpsichord

July 29-30/16

Intermediate Kantele Course , Ohkola, Finland
Course directed by Arja Kastinen

August 3/16

Kempele Lutheran Church, Kempele, Finland
with Stephanie Archer, recorders

August 4/16

Camus Calle Improvisation Festival, Kalajoki, Finland
with Timo Kinnunen, accordion; Stephanie Archer, recorders; and others.

September 23, 24 @ 8 pm
September 25 @ 3:30 pm

Händel: Water Music with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
www.tafelmusik.org

September 27/16 @ 8 pm

Händel: Water Music with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
George Weston Recital Hall, North York
www.tafelmusik.org

October 14/16

Toronto Heliconian Club

Wednesdays October 5 – 26/16

Music Appreciation class: The Italian Queen of France
10 a.m. – 12 noon
Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto

November 3, 4 and 5/16 @ 8 pm
November 6/16 @ 3:30 pm

Let Us All Sing!
with Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra

Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall
www.tafelmusik.org

November 11 and 12/16 @ 8 pm

Toronto Consort: The Italian Queen of France
Trinity-St. Paul's Centre
torontoconsort.org

Fridays November 11 to December 16/16

Music Appreciation Class: Outside-the-Box Baroque
10 a.m. – 12 noon
Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto

November 23/16

Toronto Arts & Letters Club
with Julia Seager-Scott, Baroque harp, clarsach

November 30/16

Toronto Arts & Letters Club
with Julia Seager-Scott, clarsach

December 9 and 10/16 @ 8 pm
December 11/16 @ 3:30 pm

A Medieval Christmas with the Toronto Consort
Trinity-St. Paul's Centre
torontoconsort.org

January 25/17

Ensemble Polaris
Heliconian Hall

January 29/17

Ensemble Polaris
at the Gallery Players of Niagara
St. Catharines, ON

February 3 and 4/17 @ 8 pm

Kanatha/Canada: First Encounters
with the Toronto Consort and
Marilyn George, Shirley Hay & Georges Sioui
Trinity-St. Paul's Centre
torontoconsort.org

March 2/17

Ensemble Polaris – First Thursday Concerts
Red Deer, AB

March 2/17

Ensemble Polaris
Lacombe, AB

March 4/17

Ensemble Polaris – Discovery Series, University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

March 6/17

Ensemble Polaris – University of Regina
Regina, SK

April 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29/17

Charpentier’s Medée with Opera Atelier/Tafelmusik
Elgin Theatre, Toronto
operaatelier.com

May 12 and 13/17 @ 8 pm
May 14/17 @ 3:30 pm

Helen of Troy (F. Cavalli) with the Toronto Consort
Trinity-St. Paul's Centre
torontoconsort.org

May 19, 20 and 21/17

Charpentier’s Medée with Opera Atelier/Tafelmusik
Opera Royal, Versailles, France

 

2015/16 Season Archive

September 28/15 @ 7:30 pm

Charpentier Te Deum
with St Michael’s Schola Cantorum and the Musicians in Ordinary.
St. Basil’s Church, St. Michael’s College, 50 St. Joseph St. Toronto
Admission free, donations welcome

October 1, 2 and 3/15 @ 8:00 pm
October 4/15 @ 3:30

Musik Mania: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra with
Cecilia Bernardini, guest director and violinist.
Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #4,
Vivaldi’s Concerto Il Proteo and more
Trinity St Paul’s Church, Toronto, ON
www.tafelmusik.org/concert-calendar/concert/musik-mania

October 6/15 @ 8:00 pm

Musik Mania (see above)
George Weston Recital Hall, North York, ON
www.tocentre.com/georgeweston/musikmania

October 9/15 – November 13/15 @ 10 am – 12 noon

Sweet Concordance: Instrumental Music of the Baroque
Six two-hour music appreciation classes, open to everyone.
Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor St. W., Toronto
Contact me for a discount code
ca.apm.activecommunities.com

October 22, 24, 27, 30/15 @ 7:30
October 25 @ 3 pm
October 31 @ 4:30 pm

Lully’s Armide
with Opera Atelier and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Elgin Theatre, Toronto
operaatelier.com/season/15-16-season/

October 29/15 @ 7:30 pm

Marco Polo II with the Toronto Consort
and members of Autorickshaw and Sampradaya Dance Creations
Isabel Bader Theatre, Kingston ON
www.theisabel.ca/content/marco-polo-project

November 7/15 @ 8 pm

Mariners and Milkmaids with the Toronto Consort
Caledon Chamber Concerts, Caledon ON

November 13 and 14/15 @ 8 pm

The Soul of Naples with Toronto Consort and Ensemble Vesuvius
Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, Toronto, ON
torontoconsort.org

November 20 and 21/15 @ 20:00h
November 22/15 @ 15:00h

Lully’s Armide with Opera Atelier
and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Royal Opera House, Versailles, France
www.chateauversailles-spectacles.fr/en/

December 3, 4 and 5/15 @ 8 pm
December 6 @ 3:30 pm

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, Toronto, ON
www.tafelmusik.org

December 11 and 12/15 @ 8 pm
December 13/15 @ 3:30 pm

Christmas at the Monastery of Santa Cruz
with the Toronto Consort and guest director Žak Ozmo
Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, Toronto, ON
torontoconsort.org

January 25/16 @ 7:30 pm

Viva Caledonia! – Music for Robbie Burns Day
Music by Oswald, Reid, Macklean and more,
with Julia Seager-Scott, clarsach and Margaret Jordan-Gay, cello
Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto
music.utoronto.ca/concerts-events.php?eid=547

January 27/16 @ 8:00 pm

SANTA GO HOME with Ensemble Polaris
Venue t.b.a.
www.ensemblepolaris.com

January 30/16 @ 4 pm

Viva Caledonia! – Music for Robbie Burns Day see above
Presented by Hammer Baroque
at St John the Evangelist Church, 320 Charlton St. W., Hamilton, ON
www.hammerbaroque.com

January 31/16 @ 3:00 pm

SANTA GO HOME with Ensemble Polaris
St. Bartholomew’s Church, Toronto
www.ensemblepolaris.com

February 12 and 13/16 @ 8 pm

The Way of the Pilgrim with Toronto Consort
A program of music for/by medieval travelers,
and the launch of our re-released CD of the same name.
Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, Toronto, ON
torontoconsort.org

February 20/16 @ 7:30 pm
February 21/16 @ 3:00 pm

Solo concertos by Vivaldi for recorder, viola d’amore and lute
with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra
www.oakvillechamber.org

February 27/16 @ 7:30 pm

Celebrating New (Old) Discoveries –
Music of the Royal Saxon Court at Dresden

Music by Heinichen, Zelenka and others,
with the Menno Singers and Nota Bene Baroque Ensemble
St Peter’s Lutheran Church, Kitchener, ON
mennosingers.com/concerts-and-events/2014-season/

March 6/16 @ 1:30

Coaching session for the Toronto Early Music Players Organization
tempotoronto.net

March 25/16 @ 4 pm

Bach’s St. John Passion
with the Choir of Trinity St Paul’s Church and the Talisker Players
Trinity St Paul’s Church, Toronto

March 30/16 @ 6:30 pm

A short pre-Evensong selection of Telemann Fantasias
and other solo works.
St. Thomas’s Anglican Church, Huron St., Toronto

April 8/16 @ 8 pm

Epic of Everest with Ensemble Polaris
Presented by the Toronto Silent Film Festival
Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, Toronto
www.ensemblepolaris.com

April 7, 9, 12 and 15 @ 7:30
April 10 @ 3 pm
April 16 @ 4:30 pm

Mozart’s Lucio Silla with Opera Atelier
and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Elgin Theatre, Toronto, ON
operaatelier.com/season/15-16-season/

May 6 and 7/16 @ 8 pm
May 8/16 @ 3:30

Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with the Toronto Consort
and guests La Rose des Vents, Charles Daniels and others
Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, Toronto, ON
torontoconsort.org

May 29/16 @ 3 pm

So Many Sonatas, So Little Time
with harpsichordist Borys Medicky
Registry Theatre, Kitchener, ON
notabenebaroque.ca

2014/15 Season Archive

September 14/14 @ 4 pm

If it’s Sunday, this must be Paris: A Baroque Musical Tour
with Marco Cera, oboe; Lucas Harris, theorbo;
And Margaret Jordan-Gay, cello
Toronto Music Garden, ON
Free!
www.harbourfrontcentre.com

September 16/14 @ 7:30 pm

A Cup of Joe, a Cup of Bach: Nota Bene Baroque Players
Zion United Church, New Hamburg, ON
CoffeeTickets@notabenebaroque.ca

September 17/14 @ 12:15 pm

Bach’s ‘Coffee’ Cantata: Nota Bene Baroque Players
St Andrew’s Presybterian Church, Kitchener, ON
Free

September 18/14 @ 12 noon

A Cup of Joe, a Cup of Bach: Nota Bene Baroque Players
Maureen Forrester Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

September 30/14 @ 7:30 pm

Definitely Not the Nutcracker with Ensemble Polaris
Barrie Colours of Music Festival
Grace United Church, Barrie, ON

October 3/14 @ 8 pm

Back to the Future with Ensemble Polaris
A musical journey to revisit our Scandinavian musical roots, with a program of new and old tunes from Sweden.
918 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON
https://be-mused.ca/event/back-future#event-details#tab

October 24/14 @ 7:30

Toronto Consort
Gravenhurst, ON

October 28/14 @ 12:15 pm

‘A due flauti’ with Roseen Giles, traverso
Yorkminster Baptist Church, Toronto, ON
Pay-What-You-Can!

November 1/14 @ 7:30 pm

War and Peace: Haydn and Beethoven
with the Guelph Chamber Choir and Musica Viva (dir. Gerry Neufeld)
River Run Centre, Guelph, ON
http://www.guelphchamberchoir.ca/concerts/peace.html

November 7 and 8/14 @ 8:00 pm

Paris Confidential with the Toronto Consort
Trinity St Paul’s United Church, Toronto, ON
www.torontoconsort.org

November 13/14 @ 12 noon

With Luisa Morales, harpsichord; Cristóbal Salvador, dancer.
Music at Noon - Maureen Forrester Hall,
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

November 15/14 @ 8 pm

¡Fandango, Sonata, Bolero! with Luisa Morales, harpsichord; Cristóbal Salvador, dancer.
Music of Boccherini, Ledesma, Scarlatti, Soler, Mozart and more.
Bloor Street United Church, Toronto, ON
https://be-mused.ca/event/fandango-sonata-bolero

November 16/14 @ 2 pm

Lecture-demonstration featuring short examples from the aforementioned concert.
With Luisa Morales, harpsichord; Cristóbal Salvador, dancer.
Toronto Early Music Centre
Location TBA. Please check www.torontoearlymusic.org

November 21/14 @ 7 pm

Salon 21 at Soundstreams: Old Instruments, New Music
With David Fallis, Ben Grossman and others
Gardiner Museum, Toronto
http://www.soundstreams.ca

December 4, 5, 6/14 @ 8 pm

December 7/14 @ 3:30 pm
The French Connection with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Amandine Beyer, violin soloist and guest director
www.tafelmusik.org

December 12, 13/14 @ 8 pm

December 14/14 @ 3:30 pm
The Little Barley-corne with the Toronto Consort
Yuletide Revels from the Renaissance
Trinity St Paul’s United Church, Toronto, ON
www.torontoconsort.org

December 27/14 @ 7:30 pm

Nutcracker Nouveau Plus with Ensemble Polaris
918 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON
www.ensemblepolaris.com
Tickets/info available eventually at www.be-mused.ca

January 8/15 @ 12 noon

Music for Recorder Trio with Colin Savage, Scott Paterson.
Byrd, Ruffo, Hindemith and more.
Chamber Music Mississauga
http://www.chambermusicmississauga.org/outandabout
Free.

January 15, 16 and 17/15 @ 8 pm

Händel’s Acis and Galatea with the Toronto Masque Theatre
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity St., Toronto
www.torontomasquetheatre.com

January 18/15 @ 2 pm

Definitely Not the Nutcracker with Ensemble Polaris
Gallery Players of Niagara
Silver Spire United Church, 366 St. Paul St., St. Catharines, ON
http://www.galleryplayers.ca/concert_season.htm

March 19, 20 and 21/15 @ 8 pm

March 22/15 @ 3:30 pm
Bach’s St John Passion with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Ivars Taurins, director
Trinity St Paul’s United Church, Toronto, ON
www.tafelmusik.org

April 3/15

J.S. Bach’s St John Passion with the Georgetown Bach Chorale
http://www.georgetownbachchorale.com/

April 9, 11, 14, 17 and 18/15 @ 7:30 pm

April 12/15 @ 3:00 pm
Gluck’s Orpheus and Euridice (arr. Hector Berlioz)
Opera Atelier/Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Elgin Theatre, Toronto, ON
www.operaatelier.org

April 30/15 @ 12 noon

Music for Recorder Trio with Colin Savage, Scott Paterson.
Byrd, Ruffo, Hindemith and more.
Meadowvale Library.
http://www.chambermusicmississauga.org/outandabout
Free.

May 9/15 @ 8 pm

Les muses réunies with Les idées heureuses

May 10/15 @ 11 am

Les muses réunies with Les idées heureuses

May 12/15 @ 7:30 pm

Les muses réunies with Les idées heureuses
Music from 17th-century Italy and England with Emma Kirkby and Suzie LeBlanc, sopranos; Natalie Michaud, recorder; and others.
Salle Bourgie, Montréal, QC
http://ideesheureuses.ca/les-muses-reunies/

May 22 and 23/15 @ 8 pm

May 24/15 @ 3:30
The Play of Daniel with the Toronto Consort and guests
Trinity St Paul’s United Church, Toronto, ON
www.torontoconsort.org

June 12/15

With Ensemble Polaris
Music Gallery, Toronto, ON

August 9-18/15

A Northern Seas Celebration with Ensemble Polaris
On tour in NS, PEI and NB! Locations to include Halifax, Lunenburg, Wolfville, Yarmouth, Annapolis Royal, Shelburne, Indian River and Fredericton.

 

2013/14 Season Archive

September 15/13 @ 4 pm

Ensemble Polaris – Songs of the Northern Seas
Toronto Music Garden, ON
Free!
www.harbourfrontcentre.com

October 18 and 19/13 @ 8 pm

Toronto Consort - Swedish Folk Baroque
Trinity St Paul’s Church, Toronto, ON
www.torontoconsort.org

October 26, 29, 30 and November 1, 2/13 @ 7:30 pm
October 27/13 @ 3 pm

Opera Atelier/Tafelmusik – Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Elgin Theatre, Toronto, ON
www.operaatelier.com

November 9/13 @ 8 pm

Ensemble Polaris – Nutcracker Nouveau
Chamber Music Mississauga
Great Hall, Unitarian Congregation of Mississauga,
84 South Service Road, Mississauga, ON
www.chambermusicmississauga.org/concerts

November 15 and 16/13

Ensemble Polaris at the Niagara Artists Centre’s STRUTT
St Catharine’s, ON
Check the NAC’s site for time and location:
www.nac.org/strutt.html

November 29/13

Ensemble Polaris launch event for Nutcracker Nouveau
Toronto, ON
Check www.ensemblepolaris.com for further info.

November 30/13 @ 8 pm

Music for Advent and Christmas
Julia Seager-Scott, early harp, and Alison on
recorders, traverso and seljefløyte
Music from Germany, France, Holland, England and Iceland
Islington United Church, 25 Burnhamthorpe Rd., Islington, ON
www.islingtonunited.org

December 6/13 @ 8 pm

Telemann Paris Quartets and trio sonatas, and more!
Alison on traverso and recorder, with Kathleen Kajioka, violin; Justin Haynes, viola da gamba; and Christopher Bagan, harpsichord.
Check back for further details.

December 13 and 14/13 @ 8 pm
December 15/13 @ 3:30 pm

Toronto Consort – Navidad
Christmas Music from Latin America and Spain
Trinity St Paul’s Church, Toronto, ON
www.torontoconsort.org

December 28/13 @ 8:00 pm

Ensemble Polaris – Music for the Turning Point
Our traditional ‘in-between-festivities’ winter concert!
The 918, 918 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON
www.ensemblepolaris.com

February 28 and March 1/14 @ 8 pm

Toronto Consort – Carnival Revels
Trinity St Paul’s Church, Toronto, ON
www.torontoconsort.org

March 14/14 @

Per Sonatori - Flauto Dolce
Knox Metropolitain Church, Regina, SK
www.personatori.ca

March 22/14 @ 8 pm

Mendelssohn’s Elijah directed by Gerald Neufeld
Guelph Chamber Choir, Western University Singers, Musica Viva Orchestra
River Run Centre, Guelph, ON
www.guelphchamberchoir.ca

April 4 and 5/14 @ 8 pm
April 6/14 @ 3:30 pm

Toronto Consort – Cavalli’s Giasone
Trinity St Paul’s Church, Toronto, ON
www.torontoconsort.org

April 11/14 @ 8 pm

Ensemble Polaris – CABARET
The 918, 918 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON
www.ensemblepolaris.com

April 25/14 @ 8 pm

Toronto Consort – Orangeville Concert Association
The Opera House, Orangeville, ON
www.orangevilleconcerts.ca

April 26, 29, 30 and May 2, 3/14 @ 7:30 pm
April 27/14 @ 3 pm

Opera Atelier/Tafelmusik – Lully’s Persée
www.operaatelier.com

May 23, 24/14 @ 8 pm
May 25/14 @ 4:30 pm

Opera Atelier/Tafelmusik – Lully’s Persée
Royal Opera House, Versailles, France
www.chateauversailles-spectacles.fr/en/

 

2012/13 Season Archive

September 23/12 @ 7:30 pm

David Louie Celebrates Bach & Gould
with David Louie, harpsichord, Margaret Gay, ‘cello, and
Kathleen Kajioka, violin.
Program includes the Musical Offering Trio Sonata.
Telus Centre, Toronto
www.rcmusic.ca

September 26/12 @ 7:30 pm

FIT FOR A KING: Music and Dance from the English Baroque
Music of Handel and Purcell with Rona Goldensher, violin; Colin Savage, recorders; Laura Jones, cello; Paul Jenkins, harpsichord; and dancers Jeremy Nasmith and Cynthia Smithers
Barrie Colours of Music Festival
Central United Church, 54 Ross St., Barrie ON

September 28/12 @ 8 pm

Ensemble Polaris -  Kitchen Party
Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto, ON
www.ensemblepolaris.com

October 13/12 @ 8:30 pm

FIMTE
A recital with Luisa Morales, harpsichord, and Cristóbal Salvador, dancer, as part of FIMTE 2012
Works by Haydn, Ledesma, Moretti, Mozart, Rodríguez de León, Soler and Sor
Auditorio Cultural, Garrucha
Almería, Spain
www.fimte.org/FIMTE11events.htm

October 19 & 20/12 @ 8 pm

Toronto Consort – The Tudors
Trinity St Paul’s Church, Toronto
www.torontoconsort.org

October 27, 30, 31 and November 2/12 @ 7:30 pm

October 28/12 @ 3 pm
Opera Atelier/Tafelmusik – Weber’s Der Freischütz
www.operaatelier.com

November 17-22/12

Toronto Consort on Tour: The Perfect Ambassador
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB; Lacombe, AB; Creston, BC

December 5-9/12

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra – Music of Charpentier
Trinity St Paul’s Church, Toronto
www.tafelmusik.org

December 14 & 15/12 @ 8pm

December 16 @ 3:30 pm
Toronto ConsortChristmas Vespers
Trinity St Paul’s Church, Toronto
www.torontoconsort.org

December 28/12 @ 8 pm

Ensemble PolarisDefinitely NOT the Nutcracker, part 2
St David’s Anglican Church, Toronto
49 Donlands Ave., Toronto, ON
(right across the street from the Donlands subway station)
www.ensemblepolaris.com

February 2/13

Toronto Consort – The Perfect Ambassador
Friends of Music, Port Hope, ON

February 9/13

Toronto Consort – The Da Vinci Codex
Caledon, ON

February 15 & 16/13 @ 8 pm

Toronto Consort – Cavalli’s History of Apollo and Daphne
Trinity St Paul’s Church, Toronto
www.torontoconsort.org

April 5 to 13/13

Opera Atelier/Tafelmusik – Mozart’s Magic Flute
Elgin Theatre, Toronto

April 18/13

Opera Atelier/Tafelmusik – Mozart’s Magic Flute
Pittsburgh, PA

April 21/13 @ 2pm

Ensemble Polaris  - Gallery Players of Niagara
St Barnabas Church, St Catharines, ON

April 26/13 @ 8pm

Ensemble Polaris – Polaris Goes to the Moon

April 28/13 @ 3 pm

Ensemble Polaris – Sundays @ 3
Dublin St. United Church, Dublin St., Guelph, ON

May 24 & 25/13 @ 8 pm

May 26/13 @ 3:30 pm
Toronto Consort – A Woman’s Life
Trinity St Paul’s Church, Toronto
www.torontoconsort.org

Alison can be contacted at alison@alisonmelville.com.

Banner photos: Paul Orenstein

“Melville is one of Canada's finest recorder players and a musician with the imagination to bring an element of playfulness to what could easily sound like formulaic note-spinning.”

—Toronto Star, Oct. 1999