Magnificent Mozart: Great Mass in C minor

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Ivars Taurins, conductor
Alexandre Tharaud, piano
Jane Archibald, soprano
Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano
Kurt Streit, tenor
Jon-Paul Décosse, baritone
The Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus, with the Halifax Camerata Singers
Symphony Nova Scotia
On the program

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21
Mozart: Ah, lo previdi
Mozart: Great Mass in C minor

It’s a grand, solemn, glorious giant, full of dark, dramatic power and sheer sonic spectacle. For the first time in 15 years, Symphony Nova Scotia joins forces with its 80-voice chorus to perform Mozart’s dazzling, divinely beautiful Great Mass in C Minor. Plus, pianist Alexandre Tharaud brings his “articulation and wild exuberance” (New York Times) to one of Mozart’s greatest piano concertos, performed alongside an exquisite, emotional aria with the singular, spectacular voice of Nova Scotia star soprano Jane Archibald.

About the Artists

Ivars Taurins, conductor

Equally at home conducting symphonic and choral repertoire, Ivars Taurins is founding director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, now in its 36th 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, Taurins also appears as a guest conductor with orchestras and choirs across Canada, including the Edmonton, Victoria, Kitchener-Waterloo, Winnipeg, and 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.

Taurins was director of the 2012 National Youth Choir of Canada, and has directed provincial youth choirs and orchestras across the country. In 2016, he directed Handel’s Alcina for the Glenn Gould School vocal programme and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, collaborating with veteran stage director Leon Major. In October of 2017, Taurins went to Havana, Cuba, to co-direct the Schola Cantorum Coralina together with its founding director Alina Orraca in a special concert celebrating the 85th anniversary of Glenn Gould’s birth and Canada’s 150th birthday.

His regular appearances conducting the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Orchestra have received widespread critical acclaim. His recordings with Tafelmusik (CBC Records, Tafelmusik Media) have all received JUNO nominations. His most recent recording is a JUNO Award-nominated live-performance recording of Handel’s Messiah (Tafelmusik Media). In July of 2018, he conducted a Purcell programme with the Lameque Festival in New Brunswick, and looks forward this season to the Mozart Requiem with the Regina Symphony, an all-Bach programme with the Hamilton Philharmonic, and a return to Symphony Nova Scotia for their Mozart Festival.

A passionate lecturer and teacher, Taurins teaches orchestral conducting, and directs the Collegium Musicum at the University of Toronto. He is also on the faculty of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. He is in demand as a guest lecturer, adjudicator, and clinician, and has been a guest teacher/conductor at the universities across Canada. Taurins is director of the vocal/choral programme at the annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.

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