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Isabel donors fêted with exclusive event

Austrian-Canadian artist Ernestine Tahedl gave a private lecture to Queen's art benefactors during a special night of performances at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

Donor generosity has transformed the arts at Queen’s, and this month, Director of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Tricia Baldwin, had the opportunity to give those supporters a transformative experience of their own.

In early October, a small group of Queen’s benefactors were treated to an intimate exhibition opening of Austrian-Canadian artist Ernestine Tahedl’s latest series, ROMANTICISM, at The Isabel.

For Baldwin, this first-time event at the arts centre provided the opportunity to celebrate and directly thank patrons for their support of The Isabel. “Our supporters’ enthusiasm for music and all the arts inspires us greatly,” she says. “At this event, we experienced the art of Ernestine Tahedl that just exploded with colour! To have such an engaged and caring group of supporters made us count our blessings, once again.”

Tahedl delivered a short talk on her process and inspiration, giving supporters the opportunity to hear first-hand from the artist. A member of the Royal Academy of the Arts, Tahedl is inspired by the composers of the Romantic era, including Franz Schubert, Franz Liszt, and Johannes Brahms.

“For me, the series comes close to a musical experience, and was painted and inspired while listening to classical music reflected in the titles of the works,” explained Tahedl.

As a thank you for their generous support, donors were also treated to the opening concert of The Isabel’s season with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra conducted by Gabor Takacs-Nagy.   

“The Isabel is Queen’s house of dreams that was conceived, designed, and built for excellence. We are so very fortunate to have an arts centre that is brought to life by the people who so strongly believe in the enormity of artistic expression,” says Baldwin.

The Isabel’s Technical Director, Kevin Tanner, Artsci’12, also spoke at the event on behalf of art students and thanked donors for their support of The Isabel and the newly launched Master’s in Arts Leadership program. “We sincerely thank all of those whose contributions to Queen’s and The Isabel have given us a world-class venue to call our home,” he says. “Learning at The Isabel has allowed us to experience the highest quality of performing arts venue first-hand, as we prepare to go out into the world and be the arts industry’s leaders of tomorrow.”