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Salon Series Part 6 - An Evening with Conductor and Baroque Specialist; Ivars Taurins

  • 242 Indian Rd Toronto, ON, M6R 2W9 Canada (map)


We are very excited to announce that for our 6th Salon, we welcome back  Ivars Taurins  for this, his second Salon as guest speaker. Join us.


Date: February 10, 2016

Featured speaker: Ivars Taurins, conductor and Baroque expert.

Ivars Taurins gave the first Baroque lecture in September 2015 and all who were present asked for a follow up. Even if you missed the first one, this period has a multitude of facets, faces and appearances that clamor to be explored, exposed and explained. 

Ivars highlights his talk with a stunning collection ofreproductions of work by sculptors and painters, samples of architecture of palaces and churches, gardens and grottos, as well as - of course - exquisite samples of the music of this period.

The February 10 Salon will again take place in the house of: Anne Paxton and Philip Beesley - a beautiful century home; perfect to gather, sip, sit and enjoy Ivars' inspired talk. 


Time:  7:00pm

Tickets: $50.00

Date: February 10, 2016

Location: 242 Indian Road

A glass of wine and refreshments (finger food)

RSVP by email to or call 416-533-3706



What a treat this was! (Judy Bryant, London Ont.).

It was so interesting! (Jane Ernszt, high school student) 

The Baroque period has always fascinated me and Ivars' knowledge is so impressive (architect Philip Beesley)

We hope to welcome many of you...

A bit about Ivars...

Equally at home conducting symphonic and choral repertoire, Ivars Taurins is founding director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, now in its 33rd season. He was also founding member and principal violist of the Tafelmusik Orchestra for its first 23 years. Under his direction the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir has been widely praised for its clarity, nuance and brilliance.

Principal Baroque Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra from 2001-2011, Ivars Taurins is also active as a guest conductor with orchestras and choirs across Canada. Guest appearances include the Edmonton, Victoria, Kitchener-Waterloo, Winnipeg, Windsor Symphonies, Calgary and Hamilton Philharmonics, Orchestra London, Symphony Nova Scotia, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Thirteen Strings (Ottawa), Vancouver Chamber Choir, Pro Coro Canada, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Winnipeg Singers, and the Elora Festival Orchestra and Singers. In September 2011, Ivars Taurins was guest choir director for the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, preparing a combined chorus of Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and members of the OSM Chorus for performances and a recording (Analekta) of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, directed by Kent Nagano at the gala opening of the new Maison symphonique in Montreal.

Mr. Taurins was director of the 2012 National Youth Choir of Canada, touring Ontario and Quebec. He was also director of the 2000 and 2009 Ontario Youth Choirs, the 2003 Nova Scotia Youth Choir and the 2004 Alberta University and College Choir, as well as guest director of the Nova Scotia, Calgary and London Youth Orchestras.

His regular appearances conducting the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Orchestra have received widespread critical acclaim and are frequently heard on CBC Radio. His recordings with Tafelmusik (CBC Records, Tafelmusik Media), have all received critical acclaim and JUNO nominations. His most recent recording is a JUNO Award-nominated live-performance recording of Handel’s Messiah, released on the Tafelmusik Media label.  In 2011, Mr. Taurins was nominated for a Gemini Award for his performance as George Frideric Handel in Sing-Along Messiah, filmed by 90th Parallel Productions for Bravo! Television, and released on DVD by Tafelmusik Media.

Ivars Taurins and the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir have premiered works by R. Murray Schafer, Omar Daniels, Chan Ka Nin, Brian Cherney and Paul Frehner with Soundstreams Canada. The choir has also premiered works by Imant Raminsh, James Rolfe, Christos Hatzis, and Ruth Watson Henderson.

A passionate lecturer and teacher, Mr. Taurins teaches orchestral conducting and directs the Baroque Ensemble of the Collegium Musicum at the University of Toronto. He is in demand as a guest lecturer, adjudicator and clinician and has been a guest teacher/conductor at the universities of Sherbrooke (Quebec), Queen’s, Western Ontario, Alberta, Calgary and Windsor, and at the Glenn Gould Professional School in Toronto. Mr. Taurins is director of the vocal/choral programme at the annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute

Future Salons:

Architect Philip Beesley speaking about his unique award winning creations that grace the landscapes in Europe. Details will be released soon.

Author and historian, master of swords and medieval combat: Christian Cameron


**proceeds of each Salon support the future of our very special school (1979 - present) 

Earlier Event: December 18
Nutcracker 2015 Alumni Reception
Later Event: March 14
Mad Hatters March Break Camp