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Four Weddings, a Funeral, and a Coronation

Directed by Elisa Citterio & Ivars Taurins

Four Weddings, a Funeral, and a Coronation

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. Call (416) 964-6337 Map

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Life’s milestones get a baroque close-up.

"Tafelmusik crowns its fall with lively marriage of instruments and voices" – Ludwig van Toronto

 “... 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

Life Events: A Baroque Close-Up
Join us for a free pre-concert chat one hour before the show with Tafelmusik harpsichordist 
Charlotte Nediger.

UPDATE: The pre-concert chat is cancelled on Wed Nov 29 and Thu Nov 30 due to illness.
Thank you for your understanding and we aplogize for the inconvenience.
Post-concert Talkback

Join us after the performance on Wed Nov 29 for a free informal discussion with our musicians and guest artists. This is an excellent opportunity to have your questions answered while they are fresh in your mind.

  • Handel Ouverture in Il parnasso in festa**
    Written for the wedding of Anne, Princess Royal, & Prince William of Orange, 1734
  • Purcell Symphonies from the ode “From Hardy Climes” Z.325**
    Written for wedding of Princess Ann (later Queen Ann) and Prince George of Denmark,1683
  • Blow Coronation Anthem "God spake sometimes in visions"**
    Written for the coronation of James II, 1685
  • Lully Ballet from Xerxes**
    Written for the wedding of Louis XIV & Maria Theresa, 1660


  • Pachelbel Canon & Gigue*
    A nod to many Canadian weddings!
  • Charpentier Messe des morts, H.10**
    Written for the funeral of the Duc de Luxembourg at the Jesuit Church of Saint-Louis in Paris, 1695
  • Handel Chorus "S'accenda pur di festa," from Il parnasso in festa
* Recorded by Tafelmusik
** First time performed on the Tafelmusik stage

Concert run time: 1 hour and 25 minutes plus a 20 minute intermission.

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