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Nov 10, 2017

Four Weddings, a Funeral, and a Coronation

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The Perfect Baroque Movie Soundtrack  
November 29 to December 3, 2017

“... 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

Toronto, November 10, 2017 … Life’s big milestones get the full baroque treatment from Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir with Four Weddings, a Funeral, and a Coronation, November 29 to December 3, 2017 at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St Paul’s Centre. Jointly directed by Music Director Elisa Citterio and Chamber Choir Director Ivars Taurins, the program features music that enriched and enhanced important rites of passage by such composers as Lully, Purcell, Blow, Charpentier, Handel, and Pachelbel.  

Purcell’s Ode “From Hardy Climes” was performed for the wedding of Princess Anne and Prince George of Denmark in 1683. For these concerts Tafelmusik plays the opening symphony and a selection from the instrumental airs. The pomp and ceremony of a royal investiture is evoked in Blow’s Anthem “God spake sometimes in visions,” composed in 1685 for the coronation of James II, and performed more than 300 years later by the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. The first half closes with ballet music from Lully’s Xerxes, performed in 1660 for another royal wedding, that of Louis XIV and Maria Theresa. 

No exploration of music for the nuptials of royals and commoners alike would be complete without Pachelbel’s Canon. Composed around 1680, it is today one of the most requested classical pieces for weddings. Tafelmusik performs the Canon in its original scoring for three solo violins and continuo, together with the accompanying Gigue.

Charpentier’s beautiful Messe des morts, a requiem mass for the funeral of the Duke of Luxembourg in 1695, forms the centrepiece of the second half. “I feel that Charpentier’s music is a perfect introduction for the uninitiated to the French baroque. This particular setting of the Requiem Mass has none of the extreme emotions or overwhelming drama of a Mozart (or Verdi) Requiem. It has a uniquely serene, expressive, contemplative, and always beautiful approach to the text. Charpentier’s music is a shining solace to the inevitability of death and grief,” said Chamber Choir Director Ivars Taurins.

Two selections from Handel’s Il parnaso in festa, a three act “musical entertainment” composed in 1734 for the wedding of Anne, Princess Royal, and Prince William of Orange, conclude Four Weddings, a Funeral, and a Coronation: the overture and the triumphant final chorus, “S’accenda pur.”   

Audience members are invited to join harpsichordist Charlotte Nediger for a free pre-concert chat one hour before each performance.

An informal post-concert Talk Back with Tafelmusik musicians takes place after the November 29 performance. 


Led by Music Director Elisa Citterio, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir is one of the world’s leading period ensembles and Canada’s most-toured orchestra. Tafelmusik engages Toronto audiences with an annual season of more than 80 concerts in diverse venues across the city, as well as national and international audiences through an extensive schedule of tours and critically acclaimed recordings. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. Tafelmusik also seeks to transport audiences to the baroque and classical periods through adventurous cross-cultural collaborations, on stage with Toronto's Opera Atelier, and underground at its new Haus Musik series. The orchestra’s musicians share their knowledge and experience through artist training initiatives such as the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer and Winter Institutes. Tafelmusik's catalogue of award-winning recordings on the SONY, CBC Records, Analekta, and Tafelmusik Media labels have garnered nine JUNO Awards and numerous other recording prizes. Jeanne Lamon continues her association with Tafelmusik as Music Director Emerita.


Tafelmusik wishes to thank the following for their generous support: BMO Financial Group, TD Bank Group, RBC Foundation, Hal Jackman Foundation, KPMG, Great West Life, London Life, Canada Life, McLean Foundation, Blakes LLP, iA Securities, Stikeman Elliott LLP, John and Margaret Catto, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Classical 96.3 FM, and NOW Magazine. Tafelmusik is a proud partner of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor.

Listing information:
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Four Weddings, a Funeral, and a Coronation
Directed by Elisa Citterio and Ivars Taurins

Dates and Times:

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
427 Bloor Street West

Box Office:

Tafelmusik Box Office: (416) 964-6337


  • Lully Ballet from Xerxes
    For the wedding of Louis XIV & Maria Theresa
  • Purcell Symphonies from the ode “From Hardy Climes” Z.325
    For wedding of Princess Ann and Prince George of Denmark
  • Blow Coronation Anthem "God spake sometimes in visions"
    For the coronation of James II
  • Pachelbel Canon & Gigue
  • Charpentier Messe des morts, H.10
    For the funeral of the Duc de Luxembourg
  • Handel Ouverture & Chorus "S'accenda pur di festa," from Il parnasso in festa
    For the wedding of Anne, Princess Royal and Prince William of Orange
Media contact:
Luisa Trisi, Big Picture Communications, (416) 456-0499 |
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1X7

High‐resolution photos are available for download here.