Four Weddings, a Funeral, and a Coronation

Directed by Elisa Citterio & Ivars Taurins

Four Weddings, a Funeral, and a Coronation

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Wed Nov 29 at 7pm, Thu Nov 30, Fri Dec 1, Sat Dec 2, 2017 at 8pm, Sun Dec 3 at 3:30pm Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre Map Learn more about subscriptions

Series 1, 2, 4, 5

Life’s milestones get a baroque close-up.

 “... the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir sang with a spry, glowing homogeny that reached upward as if to pull the night stars into the hall.” – Toronto Star

Imagine creating a movie set in the baroque era! So many celebrations, festivities, weddings, and funerals to choose from—and then bring in a royal family to add the glamour of a coronation. It would certainly be a colourful script, with sumptuous sets and plot twists aplenty. Join the full Tafelmusik cast, with Elisa Citterio and Ivars Taurins directing the orchestra and choir, for this concert of music that would provide the perfect soundtrack.

Joyful musical celebrations of baroque weddings written by Purcell, Lully, and Handel (and in a nod to modern-day Canadian weddings, Pachelbel’s infamous Canon) contrast with the splendour of King James II’s 1685 coronation anthem, John Blow’s “God spake sometimes in visions,” and the sublime Messe des Morts, funeral music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier.

Directed by Elisa Cittrio and Ivars Taurins
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Pre-Concert Chats
Join us for a free pre-concertc hat one hour before the show with Tafelmusik harpsichordist Charlotte Nediger.


  • Lully Music for the wedding of Louis XIV & Maria Theresa (1660)
  • Purcell Music for the wedding of Princess Anne & Prince George of Denmark (1683)
  • Handel Music for the wedding of Princess Anne & Prince William of Orange (1734)
  • Pachelbel Canon & Gigue (in a nod to many Canadian weddings!)
  • Blow Anthem for the Coronation of James II (1685)
  • Charpentier Funeral Mass

Concert run time: Our best estimate at this time is approximately 2 hours including intermission. Final run time will be confirmed the week of the concert.