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Handel Messiah

Directed by Ivars Taurins

Handel Messiah

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Dec 13, 14, 15, 16, 2017 at 7:30pm Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre. Call (416) 408-0208 Map BUY NOW

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Relish Tafelmusik’s original sounds of Handel’s go-to oratorio for the festive season.

“Tafelmusik's Messiah (is) a masterpiece of urgency and fire, tension and drama.” – The Globe and Mail

As you count down the first 24 days of December, pause to reflect that Handel wrote his oratorio Messiah in just 24 days! A mere 240 years later Tafelmusik gave our first performance of it, and it has been a cherished musical rite of the holiday season ever since.

Bring your friends and family this year to revel in the glories of Handel’s masterwork with the renowned Tafelmusik Choir and Orchestra, directed by Ivars Taurins. From reflective arias to the exhilaration and power of the choruses, Tafelmusik once again recaptures the spirit and drama of this remarkable score.

Joining us in the glorious setting of Koerner Hall are a stellar line-up of soloists: soprano Joanne Lunn, countertenor James Laing, tenor Rufus Müller, and baritone Brett Polegato.

Please note that, due to illness, countertenor James Laing has been replaced by Daniel Cabena. Thank you for your understanding.

Chamber Choir Director Ivars Taurins, soprano Joanne Lunn, countertenor James Laing, tenor Rufus Müller, and baritone Brett Polegato


Ivars Taurins, director
Joanne Lunn, soprano
Daniel Cabena, countertenor
Rufus Müller, tenor
Brett Polegato, baritone
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Pre-concert Chats: Messiah: Past and Future Culture

Join us for a free pre-concert chat one hour before the show with broadcastor and writer Robert Harris

  • Handel Messiah*

* Recorded by Tafelmusik

Concert run time is approximately 3 hours including intermission. Please note: the hall doors will close at 7:30pm sharp. Arrive early and give yourself plenty of time to settle in your seat. Once the hall doors close, entry will only be allowed at an appropriate break (approximately 35 minutes after the concert begins.)

Bring Handel's Messiah home with you
Since 2012 Tafelmusik’s Messiah has been heard around the world, thanks to Tafelmusik Media’s live recording of the complete work made in Koerner Hall, and the Best of Messiah highlights album. Both are available from our online shop, and individual tracks are also available to stream here.