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 at 8pm, Sun Dec 3 at 3:30pm Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall Map Learn more about subscriptions

Series 1, 2, 4, 5

Life’s milestones get a baroque close-up.

 “We are so very lucky in Ivars Taurins and the Chamber Choir, who always deliver perfect performances and transcendent experiences.” – Audience member

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.

Pre-Concert Chats
All ticket holders are invited to attend our free Pre-Concert Chats. Join us one hour before each performance to listen to musicians discuss various aspects of the concert.

Program includes:

  • Music written for baroque wedding festivities by Purcell, Lully, and Handel
  • Pachelbel Canon for 3 violins & continuo
  • Blow Coronation Anthem “God spake sometimes in visions”
  • Charpentier Messe des morts

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.