Toronto Masque Theatre is delighted to present



“…in the premier league of Early Music ensembles” - note 1 music, GermanyS

Saturday 18 November 2017, 8:00 p.m. 
Pre-concert chat at 7:15 p.m. with Olivier Fortin and Kathleen Kajioka, moderated by Larry Beckwith
St. Thomas's Anglican Church, 383 Huron Street, Toronto

2017 marks the 250th anniversary of the death of one the Western world's most astonishing composers. Join us in November for this special Toronto Masque Theatre presentation, when Ensemble Masques brings their irresistible dynamism to Toronto for the very first time, in a programme that wipes clean generations of misunderstanding that has kept Georg Philipp Telemann in the shadows.

Telemann was self-taught, prolific, and cosmopolitan before the word even existed. He was the most celebrated composer of his time — more so even than his now revered friend, Johann Sebastian Bach. Where Bach looked heavenward, Telemann’s genius was for life here on Earth. A brilliant observer of the world around him, his music translates all facets of human experience into works that are full of humour, wit, and infinite invention.

The evening's program will include:

Overture-Suite in A major, TWV 55:A1
Overture-Suite in B-flat major, TWV 55:B5  “LES NATIONS”
Polish Concerto in G major, TWV 55:G10
Overture-Suite in G major, TWV 55:G10  “THE BURLESQUE OF DON QUIXOTTE”

About Ensemble Masques

Originally formed in Montréal, the members of Ensemble Masques hail from Canada, France, Australia, Finland and Belgium, forming a truly international ensemble.  Members include:

Sophie Gent, violin (Collegium Vocale Gent, Ricercar) 
Tuomo Suni, violin (English Concert, Vox Luminis)
Kathleen Kajioka, viola (Tafelmusik,The New Classical FM)
Mélisande Corriveau, ‘cello (Les Voix Humaines, Les Boréades)
Benoît Vanden Bemden, double bass (Les Muffatti, La Petite Bande)
Olivier Fortin, direction & harpsichord (Capriccio Stravagante,Tafelmusik)

Each has an impressive independent career in their respective Early Music scenes. Together, they share an uncommon chemistry which has mesmerized critics and audiences alike. Renowned for their expressiveness, precision, the eloquence of their interpretations and breathtaking spontaneity, Ensemble Masques has been likened to “the best years of Musica Antiqua Köln” (Diapason).

In recent years, Ensemble Masques has achieved a strong presence in Europe, with performances in Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Poland and Austria; in Holland at Amsterdam’s Musiekgebouw and Utrecht’s renowned Early Music Festival; in Belgium at Brussels’ Bozar, Antwerp’s AMUZ and Gent’s Bijloke; and in the UK at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Their recordings of 17th-century Austrian chamber music have been awarded the Diapason d’Or, an ffff Telerama, the Choc de Classica and Gramophone Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice.” Most recently, they have brought their vitality to the music of Georg Philipp Telemann, with an acclaimed recording of his Theatrical Overture-Suites (Alpha), in honour of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death in 1767.

“…by turns beguiling and entertaining.”  - Gramophone Magazine

You can find Le théâtre musical de Telemann on iTunes recorded for Alpha Classics