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Sunday May 2, 2:00PM & One Week Access

Three concertos that perfectly encompass Bach’s imaginative writing, full of creative dialogue between instruments. Concerto in C minor for Violin and Oboe BWV 1060, Concerto in D minor for two Violins BWV 1043, and Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major BWV 1048. A concert produced by the Toronto Bach Festival and performed at the Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, in Kingston, Ontario.

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St John Passion - Johann Sebastian Bach

Premiere: March 21 2021, 2h p.m.
Until April 3 - Streaming Concert – at Québec Baroque

St John Passion - Johann Sebastian Bach

Experience the St. John Passion with L’Harmonie des saisons and rediscover this masterpiece from Johann Sebastian Bach.

Under the direction of Eric Milnes, L’Harmonie des saisons’ authentic rendition reveals the full power of the work.

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Concerti Favoriti

February 14th 2021, 2:00 p.m.

Some of the most beautiful music written by Alessandro Marcello, Vivaldi, Bach and Handel.

The concerto remains one of the most important inventions in the history of music. Juxtaposing one or more soloists with a supporting ensemble, allows for dynamic exchanges, contrasting colors, textures and timbres which never fail to delight the ear. It was Vivaldi who, while not its creator, definitively set the form in three movements: quick-slow-quick. This model was soon adopted by all of Europe— the concerto grosso remaining closer to the old model set by Corelli. On the program is Alessandro Marcello’s famous Oboe Concerto, two Vivaldi concertos— including one guitar concerto— Bach’s Concerto for two violins, and Handel’s concerto grosso.

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Handel’s Messiah

December 13th, 2:00 p.m., at Québec Baroque

The Masterpiece for the Holidays
Handel, through his signature melodies and fullness of harmony, brings together in his MESSIAH the contemplation of divine mystery, compassion, hope and triumph at its most poignant.
For this performance, L’Harmonie des saisons will present the first part of the Messiah, which recounts the events surrounding the birth of Jesus; and will end with the Hallelujah, replete with its irresistible, exuberant choir, today a universal symbol of joy and gratitude.

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November 27, 2020 – 7:00 p.m.

Expression and Vocal Virtuosity in Baroque Opera.

Savor the arresting joy of soprano Hélène Brunet and rediscover the captivating energy of ensemble L’Harmonie des saisons by viewing from your home the launch concert of the Solfeggio CD.
With “her singing of perfect beauty and her most radiant stage presence”, soprano Hélène Brunet is perfectly at ease in the baroque repertoire, which she renders with singular nuance and conviction. With a unique timbre, her voice embodies all the expressive registers demanded by 18th century opera. These arias range from despair to fury, sadness to happiness, as the most virtuoso bel canto is revealed in refreshing melodic profusion. The program will highlight contrasting baroque opera arias by the Venetian Antonio Vivaldi and the Neapolitan Leonardo Vinci as well as delightful excerpts from Handel’s Acis and Galatea.

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Eybler Trio

Eybler Trio

Sunday November, 22, 2020 at 2pm

Both 2pm & 4pm concerts are sold out. Please join us virtually. Eybler Trio members Julia Wedman, Patrick Jordan and Margaret Gay will perform Mozart’s Divertimento K563. This concert will replace the one originally scheduled, as Tafelmusik is no longer able to travel to Niagara.

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Toronto Bach Festival
Sunday November 1, 2020 at 2:30 pm
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

In-Person + Online Access

Join us for a celebration of some of Bach’s greatest concertos, including the amazing Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, with Toronto’s top baroque musicians. Revel in the Bach Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV 1043, Concerto for oboe in G minor, after BWV 1056, and more. Toronto Bach Festival illuminates the creative genius of western music’s preeminent composer through exhilarating, historically-informed, and innovative performances.


Toronto Bach Festival

Friday November 13, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Concerto in C minor for Violin and Oboe, BWV 1060
Concerto in D minor for two Violins, BWV 1043
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048


Tafelmusik: Passions of the Soul

Thursday Nov 26, 2020 at 8pm EST Online


  • Jean-Marie Leclair Ouverture to Scylla et Glaucus*

  • Giuseppe Tartini Concerto for violoncello in A Major*

  • Pietro Antonio Locatelli Sinfonia Funebre*

  • Michel Richard de Lalande Chaconne from Les fontaines de Versailles*

  • Johann Christoph Pez Orchestral suite in D Minor*

  • Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto for 3 violins in D Major, after BWV 1064

  • Georg Philipp Telemann Suite in B-flat Major “La Bourse” (The Stock Exchange)


Recording sessions with L'Harmonie des Saisons

August 19, 2020 - August 20, 2020 and September 3, 2020 - September 12, 2020 (Frelighsburg, Quebec)

  • Concertos by Bach, Vivaldi and Handel

  • Messiah 

  • Bach arias and instrumental music 

  • French program with music by Marais, Charpentier, Rebel, Delalande and Dumont 

  • Handel and Vivaldi arias and instrumental music

The first video comes out in October!

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Chris Wolf's chat with Violinist Julia Wedman and Violist Patrick Jordan on their recording of the Quartets of Franz Asplmayr.

Published: 03 August 2020

Earlier this week, Diamond Lane host Chris Wolf had the opportunity to chat with Violinist Julia Wedman and Violist Patrick Jordan, two members of the Eybler String Quartet. If you want to hear the complete conversation you can watch it following the link below.

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J.S. Bach, Magnificat in D & Jesu, meine Freude.

Final Concert of the Summer Baroque Choral Academy

Sing Magnificat! Virtual Choir.

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Live Streaming Concert at Isabel Digital Concert Hall

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 7:00 PM EDT



John Abberger, oboe (Toronto Bach Festival Music Director, Principal Oboist of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra)

Julia Wedman, violin  (Violinist with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, I Furiosi, Eybler Quartet)

Felix Deak, violoncello

Christopher Bagan, harpsichord

All Bach Program:

Trio in F, movements 1 and 2

Bouree I and II from Suite No. 3

Sonata in e for oboe

Sonata in e for violin

Ricercar from the Musical Offering

Allemande and Courante from French Suite No. 5

Trio in F, movements 3 and 4

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theWholeNote (May, 2020)

by Julia Wedman

I am a baroque violinist, a member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Eybler Quartet, and I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble. I play regularly with the Toronto Bach Festival, Theater of Early Music, L’Harmonie des Saisons, and occasionally I fly over to Europe for performances with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (London) and the Orchestra of the 18th Century (Amsterdam). I teach baroque violin at the University of Toronto, at Tafelmusik’s Summer Institute and at the Banff Centre for the Arts (for the Evolution: Quartet program).

Since COVID-19 hit, I have had to let go of all of my concerts and recordings thus far until August. That includes 2 St. John Passions (one with L’Harmonie des Saisons in Montreal, one with Tafelmusik), a St. Matthew Passion (Kalamazoo Symphony), a Bach program and a Handel program with Tafelmusik including a new Handel recording, performances at the Toronto Bach Festival in May, a chamber music program in Montreal with some colleagues and students, a few Eybler quartet concerts as well as recording a new Haydn CD, teaching at Tafelmusik’s Summer institute and at the Banff Centre in July….and more to come…

All of the groups are planning on some kind of postponement of projects, but time will tell what kind of format they will take. I think probably my work with smaller groups will resume more quickly than others, but also we may start doing things like streaming concerts, planning smaller concerts, prioritizing recording, etc. For some projects we are doing things online instead of in person (like the recent Aspylmayr online CD launch).

Right now it is a lot of planning, re-thinking, strategizing, learning new skills, and creating projects that will support the changing world of what it means to be a musician. I have been working on a new website. Almost everyone has been making videos - I have done a few for Tafelmusik and L’Harmonie de Saisons, Eybler Quartet is in the process of making videos to support our newly released Aspylmayr recording, and I FURIOSI is in the process of releasing some tracks from live recordings that we have made over the last 20 years. Having a break from the rigorous world of live performance is a welcome opportunity to reconnect with people, catch up on things that I have been “meaning to do”, and gives me some space (during panic breaks!) to think and create. I would say that I am also being buoyed and inspired by my incredibly talented, creative and imaginative colleagues all around the world. It is definitely a time like this that I am exceedingly grateful for online platforms keeping us connected.

As for how best people reading this can stay in touch … my new website!!! I have been working on this with one of my brilliant students and I am thrilled with how it’s coming together! It is a way for people to keep up with what I have been up to, watch videos, find links to my groups, to buying recordings that will give money directly to artists, AND, what I might be the most excited about – it is a place where people have access to resources that I love! There is a baroque music learning page with links to books and scores, and there is a wellbeing section with links to books, websites, articles and more. This is a collaborative effort so please send me a comment through my contact page if you have suggestions or resources that you would like to see added!

I’ve “pinned” my response on this map to Trinity-St Paul’s Church, Tafelmusik’s home base and my favourite place to work in Toronto. I love the acoustics, I love the energy of the space with all of the different activities that happen here, and I love all of the people - both at Tafelmusik and at the church. It is my musical “happy place.”

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Franz Asplmayr - Documentary

Bringing New Life to Franz Asplmayr

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eybler Quartet released its latest recording, Franz Asplmayr's String Quartets, Op. 2, nos. 1-6. This mini-documentary captures some behind-the-scenes footage of our recording sessions plus some hilarious interviews with the Eybler Quartet members!

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I FURIOSI Fridays@5

by Julia Wedman

"This is something I have been wanting us to do for our fans for a long time! We have tons of amazing live performances from 20 years of I Furiosi, and we are going through the archives, choosing the ones we like and sending them out to you with lots of love every Friday@5! Special thanks to Cristina Prats Costa for the brilliant video, to Lucas Harris for his beautiful playing and to Ryan McCambridge for recording all of our concerts!"


Tafelmusik at Home

Prelude: May 27, 2020 at 7pm

Julia Wedman, violin
H.I.F. von Biber, Passacaglia
J.S. Bach, Sonata in C Major, BWV 1005: Largo – Allegro Assai

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CBC Listen: This Is My Music with Violinist - Julia Wedman

May 16, 2020

Re-broadcast of "This Is My Music" - 2 hours of me hosting a radio show, talking about and listening to my favourite music and musicians that inspire me.

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Franz Asplmayr virtual album release of the Six Op. 2 String Quartets

April 15, 2020

He's waited 250 years, but here it is! Available for download and streaming at iTunes and other platforms.

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Toronto Bach Festival

TBC Autumn 2020

The Toronto Bach Festival illuminates the creative genius of western music’s preeminent composer through exhilarating, historically-informed, and innovative performances. Founded in 2016 by John Abberger, the Toronto Bach Festival endeavours to promote the music of this iconic composer to diverse audiences. Over time we aim to perform all of the composer’s works, sacred and secular, from intimate chamber pieces to large-scale works for orchestra, choir, and soloists.



May 2, 2021 at 2PM


Songs Of Life – Year 2 Bach On Turtle’s Back – Death

March 8, 2020
St. Catharines, ON, Canada

Creation, destruction and transformation resonate as connective themes of human expression.“Songs of Life”explores these profound truths through performances by solo violinist Julia Wedman of Tafelmusik, the artistic explorations of dancer Brian Solomon (Anishinaabe/Irish), and the transcendent music of J.S.Bach. Year two of a three year project, all supported by the Pluralism Fund.

Sinéad White, soprano, Asitha Tennekoon, tenor,
Jessica Wright, mezzo soprano, Keith Lam, baritone, 
Alison Melville, flute, Michelle Odorico, violin, Patrick Jordan, viola, Margaret Gay, cello, Louise Hung, keyboard.
With special guest Mariana Medellin, dancer.