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Close Encounters... of the Italian kind

This year Tafelmusik introduces 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 Geminiani, Vivaldi, and Boccherini

Nov 25 at 11am at Heliconian Hall
35 Hazelton Ave

Dec 3 at 2pm at Conservatory Theatre at the TELUS Centre for performance and Learning
273 Bloor St. W

Let Us All Sing!

Marking a milestone in the history of Tafelmusik’s acclaimed choir, this program features music close to the hearts of choir members and audiences alike. We return to joyful and spirited works by Handel, Zelenka, and Rameau, and introduce excerpts by the remarkable Italian composer Agostino Steffani. His Stabat Mater, completed shortly before he died in 1728, is an astonishingly beautiful piece, and was famously part of Cecilia Bartoli’s groundbreaking three-disc exploration of Steffani’s music.

Enrico Elisi, piano

On October 3, new faculty member Enrico Elisi performs works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Berg, Debussy and Liszt. Born and raised in Bologna, Italy, Dr. Elisi has established himself as one of the most passionate Italian pianists on the concert scene today and has been hailed for his mastery of elegance, refinement and fantasy (La Nueva España). He regularly performs to acclaim throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. 

Tickets: $40, $25 senior, $10 student  |  416-408-0208



A Mixture of Madness - the fine line between revelation and insanity

There is no wisdom without a mixture of madness.” Aristotle’s famous dictum captures both the madness that is part of wisdom, and the wisdom that is part of madness. Our exploration of this connection features Peter Maxwell Davies’ dramatic and gripping Eight Songs for a Mad King, along with some of Purcell’s Mad Songs, and a new commission from Canadian composer Alice Ho, with text from Phoebe Tsang.

Featuring Ilana Zarankin, soprano; Bruce Kelly, baritone; and Andrew Moodie, actor.

Land of the Silver Birch - songs of Canada's first European settlers

The early explorers and settlers from France and the British Isles brought to Canada a rich treasury of folk songs – and wrote many more about their experiences in their new home. To celebrate the sesquicentennial of Confederation, we offer a selection, from Beethoven’s arrangements of Scottish folk songs, to a brand new set of Canadian songs from Canadian composer Alexander Rapoport.

Featuring Whitney O’Hearn, mezzo soprano; Joel Allison, baritone; and John Fraser, reader.


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