The Healing Gift of Music
by Caroline Morgan Di Giovanni
The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra performs a benefit concert for the Abruzzo Earthquake Relief Fund
This was a true artistic gift. Tafelmusik has been performing for 30 years. Their reputation has grown around the world. They have made 72 recordings on CD, and now they are bringing Baroque music masterworks to the internet for podcasts and downloading. The concert date was set for June 2, the Italian Festa della Repubblica. Every year the Italian Consul General in Toronto holds a reception on that day, so it seemed fitting to locate the concert close to the grounds of the Italian Consulate. The Art Gallery of Ontario is directly across the street; inquiries were made and the Walker Court was secured as the concert venue. The musicians then invited the popular Quartetto Gelato to join the line-up, as well as two dancers from the Opera Atelier, a company that specializes in early opera.
Space was limited. There were only 215 seats available. Centro Scuola, that promotes language and culture classes in schools, and Altra Italia, a cultural organization for adults, united their efforts, and very soon all the tickets were sold. On the night of the concert, a full house greeted the orchestra warmly from the very start. The music was crisp and lively, from Vivaldi and Lully to Rameau and J.S. Bach. Alison Mackay gave explanatory remarks in English, and oboe player Marco Cera gave notes in Italian. At the end of the concert Dott. Gianni Bardini, the Consul General, took the microphone and offered enthusiastic thanks to the orchestra and indeed to the Canadian people for the widespread support shown for the victims of the Abruzzo earthquake. Ticket sales and donations received that night amounted to $10,200. For details of the Abruzzo Earthquake Relief Fund, please see: www.abruzzoearthquakerelieffund.ca
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