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Music of the Rainbow Nation

Koerner Hall, Telus Centre
273 Bloor Street West

"The music of my own flesh and blood goes right to my heart." - Nelson Mandela

Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s dream and Desmond Tutu’s hope when he named post-apartheid South Africa the “Rainbow Nation,” the evening explores Canadian and South African cultural identity through song and theatre.

We welcome actors Kim Sanssoucie and Batsile Ramasodi from Johannesburg. The pair will offer dramatic recitations of Mandela’s journals and diaries, attesting to the legacy of his dream.

Mozart Mass in C Minor

“Mozart at his most inspired” – The New York Times

Mozart’s transcendent Mass in C Minor, considered to be one of his greatest choral works, closes our 2016/17 season. A celebration of the composer’s marriage that was left unfinished for reasons we may never know, this piece contains an extraordinary range of style and depth of expression. Acclaimed British sopranos Julia Doyle and Joanne Lunn are featured alongside the orchestra and Tafelmusik Chamber Choir in this fitting third and final concert celebrating the choir’s 35th anniversary.

Close Encounters... of the German kind

This year Tafelmusik is excited to be introducing a brand new series of three chamber music performances. These intimate hour-long concerts, presented in an informal style with introductions from the musicians, will allow you to explore new aspects of our repertoire.

Music by Telemann, Zelenka, and Fasch

Ellen McAteer, soprano
John Abberger & Marco Cera, oboe
Dominic Teresi, bassoon
Charlotte Nediger, harpsichord

Apr 22 at Telus Centre
273 Bloor St. W

Apr 28 at Heliconian Hall
35 Hazelton Ave

Bach: Keeping it in the Family

“A sparkling and scintillating performance that was delivered in a comprehensively period style.” – The Herald (on Cecilia)

The father/daughter team of oboist Alfredo Bernardini and violinist Cecilia Bernardini co-lead this concert exploring the family genius of J.S. Bach and his eldest sons. Get to know the music of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, whose work is full of quirk and surprise, and Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, whose music straddles both the baroque and classical eras, as well as C.P.E.’s godfather, Georg Philipp Telemann.

The Baroque Diva

“Over the last decade Karina Gauvin has proved herself one of the most delightful of Baroque sopranos.” - Gramophone

One of the world’s great interpreters of Handel, and long-time Tafelmusik collaborator, Karina Gauvin joins us for this concert showcasing the role of the baroque diva. She performs dramatic and compelling opera arias by Handel, including Alcina’s “Ah! Mio cor,” as well as a stunning motet by Vivaldi.

A Bach Tapestry

“Ivars Taurins…allowed the many internal voices to be heard clearly, letting the music loose when Bach’s spirit called for it.” – The Globe and Mail

Tafelmusik’s own Ivars Taurins has assembled a unique and truly vibrant musical tapestry of excerpts from J.S. Bach’s choral and orchestral music, both new and familiar. The program includes spirited choruses from the Lutheran Mass in G Major, glorious chorales (including the beloved “Jesu, joy of man’s desiring”), and a brand new orchestral version of the sparkling Italian Concerto.

Intimate German Baroque

“Peter Harvey’s is one of those voices which makes you imagine that if there were to be a voice of God, this is what it would sound like” – MusicWeb

Long-time Tafelmusik collaborator Peter Harvey joins us for this exploration of the richly passionate music written in Germany in the decades before J.S. Bach.

Sing-Along Messiah


“The sound of thousands of people making music together is the most moving and joyful experience you could wish for.” – The Toronto Star

Grab a score and join more than 2,700 enthusiastic voices for the 30th anniversary of Toronto’s annual Hallelujah event! From novice to pro, first timers to sing-along experts, everyone is welcome!

“Herr Handel” conducts his beloved Messiah with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, guest soloists, and YOU at historic Massey Hall.

Handel Messiah

“Tafelmusik owns this town when it comes to Handel’s seasonal classic.” – The Globe and Mail

Tafelmusik’s original Messiah returns for four uplifting performances in the stunning surroundings of Koerner Hall. A cherished holiday tradition in Toronto since 1981, Tafelmusik’s Messiah is conducted by Ivars Taurins, who “pulls out of the score… every moment of drama and beauty hidden within” (The Globe and Mail).


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