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Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik Director Emerita, has died at age 71

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Jeanne Lamon

Jeanne Lamon, who directed Tafelmusik for 33 years, died on Sunday. She was 71.

Tafelmusik announced Lamon's passing on its website Sunday.

Lamon became the director of Tafelmusik in 1981 and held the role until 2014. A leader in the study and performance of period music, Lamon received numerous awards and honors, including the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.

As a high school student, Lamon attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen Center for the Arts for three summers, starting in 1962.

After graduating from Brandeis University, Lamon began to specialize in the Baroque violin under the tutelage of Sigiswald Kuijken in Amsterdam.

Tafelmusik's founders, Susan Graves and Kenneth Solway, invited Lamon to Toronto in 1980. They appointed her the ensemble's Music Director the following year.

Lamon died following an unspecified illness.

She is survived by her long-time partner, Tafelmusik cellist Christina Mahler.

Lamon also served as the Artistic Director of the Health Arts Society of Ontario, bringing quality concerts to adults living in retirement homes and long-term care facilities.

On its Facebook page, Tafelmusik wrote, "Jeanne was an extraordinary person and we will never forget her generosity, integrity, collaborative nature, and sense of humour. Though Jeanne’s passing will leave a huge void in our hearts, we are comforted by the knowledge that her spirit will continue to vibrate through our music."