Alexandre Tharaud, piano
Symphony Nova Scotia
Mozart: Symphony No. 25
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”
Experience the deft, daring, and unparalleled mastery of the world’s most iconic composer with Symphony Nova Scotia! Mozart’s magnificent music comes to life in this concert of three thrilling masterworks, starting with the early, dramatic Symphony No. 25. Then, hear superstar French pianist Alexandre Tharaud in the Piano Concerto No. 9, a spirited, operatic showpiece that remains one of Mozart’s most enduringly popular works. Then, for the grand finale, experience the height of Mozart’s symphonic opus, and the last symphony of its line – the thundering, majestic “Jupiter”.
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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