Live Streaming Concert at Isabel Digital Concert Hall
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 7:00 PM EDT
THE BEAUTY OF BACH
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
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!!! www.juliawedman.com. 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.”
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
SONGS OF LIFE YEAR 3 BACH ON TURTLE’S BACK - REBIRTH
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.