Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra presents

Bach Goldberg Variations

Happening in the George Weston Recital Hall

We regret to inform you that this performance has been cancelled. If you already have a ticket, you will receive a message from Ticketmaster in the next few days confirming the cancellation of your account and the full refund of your order, including taxes and fees.

We are sorry that you won't be able to join us at Meridian Arts Centre for this performance, and hope we will see you at the theatre soon.


Directed by Elisa Citterio

Bach's timeless keyboard masterpiece arranged for orchestra by Music Director Elisa Citterio.

The tradition of rearranging Bach’s music stretches back centuries. Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Liszt, and Mahler were all entranced with the music of the great baroque genius. Of course, in rearranging Bach, they were following in the master's own footsteps—Bach routinely re-worked his own and other composer's compositions throughout his life. So it's in that spirit that Tafelmusik has decided to present Bach's harpsichord masterpiece, the Goldberg Variations, in the premiere of a new instrumental arrangement by Tafelmusik's Music Director, Elisa Citterio. As with the works of her illustrious predecessors, Citterio's orchestral Goldbergs will allow us to hear the familiar as though for the first time.

Tafelmusik’s rendition will be a fascinating version of these astonishing 30 variations, based on one simple theme, that nonetheless create a perfect musical world.


What's interesting about this concert: 

1.  The Goldbergs were, among other things, written as an exercise in keyboard virtuosity. But the genius of Bach allows the variations to be invested with a new spirit when transformed into pieces for orchestra. 

2.  Hear Tafelmusik's multi-talented Music Director in a new guise—as an arranger as well as a player, turning these keyboard miniature masterpieces into works for various combinations of solo players as well as orchestral forces. 

3.  A world premiere for harpsichord by flutist Grégoire Jeay opens the concert, moving immediately into the main event. An introduction, in effect, to another introduction—the simple Aria with which the Goldbergs begin and end.



Grégoire JEAY The Phantom of Goldberg

Bach Goldberg Variations (arranged for orchestra by Elisa Citterio) 



Join us at one hour before the concert for a free pre-concert chat with Tafelmusik harpsichordist Charlotte Nediger.




Photo: Nautilus Twirl, Elizabeth Hesp / Elizabeth Hesp Fine Art


Patrons 19-35 years of age can access $20 tickets by signing up to Tafelmusik’s Tafelscene program.
Orders containing Tafelscene $20 tickets are Will Call only, with valid proof of age ID required at time of pick up.

Orders containing Youth (18 and under) tickets are Will Call only, with valid proof of age ID required at time of pick up


April 28, 20208:00 pm