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2013-14 season unveiled
Highlights include Swedish Folk Baroque, Ensemble Lucidarium from Italy,
and Cavalli’s opera Giasone
“As led by its Artistic Director, David Fallis, the Toronto Consort lavishes luminous clarity, lightness and vitality on the music.”
— Gramophone Magazine
Toronto, July 4, 2013 … Under the artistic leadership of David Fallis, the Toronto Consort has announced its 2013-14 season, consisting of an array of unusual and beautiful early music concert programs that speak to contemporary audiences. The line-up includes Swedish Folk Baroque; special guests from Italy, Ensemble Lucidarium in a program called La Istoria de Purim; biennial Christmas favourite Navidad; Carnival Revels; and Francesco Cavalli’s opera-in-concert Giasone. 2013-14 subscriptions are available through the box office at (416) 964-6337. Individual concert tickets go on sale in early September. For more information, visit www.torontoconsort.org or the Consort’s Facebook page.
Founded in 1972, The Toronto Consort was one of the city’s first professional period music ensembles specializing in the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and early Baroque — roughly 1200 to 1675. Over the past four decades, the Toronto Consort has continued to expand listeners’ appreciation through inventive programming that breathes life into period music. The ensemble has become internationally recognized for its excellence in live and recorded period music, and has collaborated on a number of film and television projects including Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter and two Showtime series, The Tudors and The Borgias.
This summer, the Toronto Consort’s home venue of Trinity-St. Paul’s is receiving an ambitious overhaul. Phase One of the renovations will be completed in late September 2013 and include acoustical improvements, the installation of a permanent stage, and more comfortable seating. The two-phase, $3 million project is being undertaken in partnership with long-time collaborators Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, which is spearheading the initiative.
2013-14 SEASON AT A GLANCE
Swedish Folk Baroque
October 18 & 19, 2013
The Consort launches its 2013-14 season in the newly revitalized Trinity-St. Paul’s with an unforgettable journey into the world of early and traditional Swedish music. Consort member Katherine Hill, who recently spent a year in Sweden studying traditional music, guides this smörgäsbord of rarely-heard songs, ballads, chorales, dance tunes and herding music. The Swedish court of the 16th century welcomed artists from Italy, Poland, England, France and beyond. The resulting confluence of styles and traditions resonated in both court and countryside throughout the baroque period and into the 19th century, in hauntingly beautiful and exuberantly toe-tapping ways. Hill will perform on the nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish keyed fiddle.
Ensemble Lucidarium presents La Istoria de Purim
November 22 and 23, 2013
Ensemble Lucidarium is the world’s leading ensemble bringing early Jewish music to life. A hit at last year’s Ashkenaz Festival, they return to Toronto with La Istoria de Purim – Music and Poetry of the Jews in Renaissance Italy. Lucidarium’s joyful improvisation and energetic music-making has brought both popular and critical acclaim to the ensemble. The award-winning program La Istoria de Purim is a celebration of the musical and poetic legacy of the Jewish communities of Renaissance Italy. A vast and entertaining repertoire with material in Italian, Hebrew and Yiddish, the centrepiece of the evening is a set of early Italian Purim songs. “Pure energy on period instruments.”
Navidad: Christmas Music from Latin America and Spain
December 13, 14 & 15, 2013
The Toronto Consort celebrates Christmas with a Latin flavor with Navidad. “Terrific” is how Gramophone magazine described the program, which the Consort recorded and released in 2012 on the Marquis label. Navidad is a fiesta of early music from the Spanish-speaking nations on both sides of the Atlantic, and features harp, guitars, percussion, winds, keyboards and voices. From the solemnity of motets by Francisco Guerrero, to the intricate cross-rhythms of villancicos and dance tunes from Latin America, this is Christmas celebration at its most exuberant.
February 28 and March 1, 2014
From Epiphany to Mardi Gras, the streets of Renaissance Europe resounded with the sounds and songs of Carnival. The long nights were chased away with disguises, revelry and feasting, all laced with wonderful music-making. The Toronto Consort takes audiences to Italy, Spain, England and France for music both outrageous and intoxicating.
by Francesco Cavalli
April 4, 5 & 6, 2014
The Toronto Consort has enjoyed great success with an ongoing series presenting masterworks of early opera in concert, including those of Francesco Cavalli. This season, the Consort presents the most popular opera of the 17th century, Cavalli’s comic masterpiece Giasone, telling the story of Jason and the Golden Fleece with some decidedly irreverent plot twists. Sung in Italian, Giasone features mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell in the title role, with Kevin Skelton as Aegeus, and Michelle DeBoer as Medea, and full continuo, strings and winds.
Friday and Saturday evening concerts begin at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinee concerts begin at 3:30 pm. All concerts take place at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West
Full subscriptions are available now and prices range from $97 to $227; Regular individual concert tickets go on sale in early September, 2013 and regular prices range from $23 to $61.
Club Consort tickets: $10 for those age 30 and under with valid photo ID.
The Toronto Consort gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Toronto Arts Council.