Peace, joy, mirth and hope – Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Tafelmusik! Almost 21 months after its last public performance live at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Tafelmusik will make its long-awaited return on stage with A Tafelmusik Christmas.
Organized by Ivars Taurins, this festive program spanning two centuries brings together members of the choir and orchestra for the first time this year. In addition to the emotional impact of performing in front of a live audience, A Tafelmusik Christmas marks another reason to celebrate: the launch of the 40th anniversary season of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir.
A Tafelmusik Christmas will be presented live on November 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. and November 27 at 2 p.m. at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Center, with physically distant seats. The digital concert premieres online on December 16, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET. Live concert tickets go on sale to season ticket holders on November 2. A limited number of single tickets will be made available to the general public from November 4. Detailed ticket information for live and digital concerts is described below.
A selection of sparkling choirs from Handel’s Messiah and richly harmonized baroque arrangements of Christmas carols complete Bach’s exuberance and Charpentier’s elegance. The choral works of Berlioz and Poulenc add depth and dimension, evoking a sense of wonder and tranquility that is synonymous with the season. Pastoral sinfonias by Stradella and Pasquini balance this program recalling the many atmospheres and emotions of Christmas. Under the direction of Taurins since its formation in 1981, the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir has been described as “the best period choir in the Mail) and is renowned for a vocal style focused on clarity, purity and transparency of sound which brings a freshness and a frankness to the music they interpret. This was officially recognized in 1991, when the choir received the Healey Willan Award for its consistently high level of achievement and unique contribution to choral art in Canada. said Taurins. “This is a remarkable group of singers, not only because of their individual and combined talents, but also because of their collegiality, their willingness to try whatever me or the music could throw at them, and ultimately, their desire to share their love for the music we sing with our audience. “PROGRAM: Johann Sebastian Bach Sanctus in D major
JS Bach Christum wir sollen loben schon, excerpt from cantata 21
JS Bach excerpts from the Lutheran Mass in G major
Alessandro Stradella Sinfonia de Cantata per il Santissimo Natale
Marc-Antoine Charpentier Midnight Mass: Agnus Dei
Hector Berlioz The farewell of the shepherds, from L’Enfance du Christ
Francois Poulenc Empty stellam
Bernardo Pasquini Introduzione & Pastorale (arranged)
Choirs of George Frideric Handel from the Messiah
Traditional Song Arrangements Tafelmusik would like to thank the presenting sponsor BMO of the 2021/22 concert season and our government partners, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the Foundation. Ontario Trillium.
Photo by Dahlia Katz REGISTRATION INFORMATION
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A Christmas Tafelmusik LIVE CONCERTS:
Thursday 25 and Friday 26 November at 8 p.m.
Saturday November 27 at 2 p.m.
Note: The concerts on November 25 and 26 are filmed and some seats may have an obstructed view due to the location of the cameras.
Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Center (physically distant seats)
Priority access when purchasing Tafelmusik Digital season pass available at tafelmusik.org
Live concert tickets available for pass holders from November 2
A limited number of single tickets for the general public will be available from
November 4 at tafelmusik.orgA DIGITAL BROADCAST of Noël Tafelmusik:
Premieres December 16, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET.
One-time tickets for digital broadcasting allow visual access for up to one week and will be available at tafelmusik.org from November 4.