Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra at the McMichael

Shooting Stars

An Incandescent Evening of Art and Music
Friday, June 30, 2023 | 8 pm

The history of the arts is liberally laced with the tales of practitioners whose lives and careers were cut unnaturally short. For this concert, Tafelmusik takes inspiration from the words of Ian A.C. Dejardin, Executive Director of the McMichael, who describes Tom Thomson, Canada’s pre-eminent modern painter thus: “… because the career is so brief—really less than four years—it is less of an arc and more of an explosion.”

The program includes works by three composers who shared with Thomson the fate of short but explosive working careers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1792), Hyacinthe Jadin (1776–1800), and Franz Schubert (1797–1828). The balance of the program is drawn from four stars of the late 18th century whose lights burned more steadily, but brightly just the same: Luigi Boccherini, Felice Giardini, Giovanni Battista Noferi, and Joseph Bologne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

Performers: Julia Wedman (violin), Patrick G. Jordan (viola) and Michael Unterman (violoncello)

Repertoire includes: Schubert Trio in B-flat Major, D.471; Mozart Movements from Divertimento in E-flat Major, K.563; Noferi Trio in E-flat Major, op. 15, no. 3; Boccherini Trio in A Major, op. 14, no. 3

Tickets include Gallery admission to the exhibition Tom Thomson: North Star (opening June 24). CABIN café open for dining before the concert.


Tafelmusik is a world-renowned period orchestra and choir in the heart of Toronto. Founded 45 years ago on the pillars of passion, learning, and artistic excellence, Tafelmusik brings a fresh perspective to historically informed performance. Played on period instruments and grounded in scholarship, 17th- to 19th- century instrumental and choral music shares the stage with exciting multimedia programs, bold new commissions, and intriguing cross-cultural collaborations.

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. It is the only major museum in the country devoted exclusively to Canadian art. In addition to touring exhibitions, the McMichael houses a permanent collection of more than 7,000 works by historic and contemporary Canadian artists, including Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, Indigenous artists and artists from the many diasporic communities. The Gallery is located on 100 acres of forested landscape and hiking trails at 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, in the City of Vaughan. For more information, please visit mcmichael.com.

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