Here at Tafelmusik, performances of Handel Messiah are an annual tradition. Also a favourite of ours, Bach Christmas Oratorio was last performed by the orchestra in December 2015, and was scheduled to be performed this season—until the pandemic affected our ability to gather for live performances.
We have a long history performing and recording the music of these iconic Baroque composers. We invite you to soundtrack your day, week, or weekend with their incredible music, and enjoy our Spotify playlists.
Soprano Brenda Enns shares her thoughts leading up to our annual performances of Handel Messiah. Brenda has been a member of the Chamber Choir since 2000, and has deep relationship with the composer's beloved masterpiece. We hope her words inspire you this season.
by Brenda Enns, soprano
By Tim Crouch, Senior Manager, Marketing & Audience Engagement
Tafelmusik’s Messiah has become an annual holiday tradition for many, and this year is no different. There’s been something special in the air this year though, with renewed interest in Tafelmusik’s take on Handel’s masterpiece.
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by Tim Crouch, Marketing Department With Handel Alexander's Feast just around the corner (Feb 22-25 at Koerner Hall), we're looking back at poster designs created at the top of the season. As always, our multi-talented Choir director Ivars Taurins provided some inspirational art to help guide the design process, and we're happy to share them with you!
By Julia Seager-Scott, harp
Julia Seager-Scott, harp
The baroque triple harp was one answer to accommodate the expanding musical language that was emerging at the turn of the seventeenth century. Finding a way to make the harp a continuo instrument, capable of playing a figured bass line with accompanying chords in any key, was the main driver behind the drastic changes seen in the harps of this time.
by Charlotte Nediger, harpsichord
Music is an integral part of the celebration of important life moments in most cultures, and this is particularly true of rites of passage. In our concert, Four Weddings, a Funeral, and a Coronation, we offered a selection of music written by baroque composers for the celebrations of royal weddings, a coronation, and for the funeral of a renowned French marshal. Continue your concert experience with this selection of music for your further listening pleasure.