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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

SELLS OUT EVERY YEAR!

“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).

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.

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