Dec 15, 2020

Christmas Blockbusters

Christmas Blockbusters: portraits of Bach and Handel overlaid with green and red

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.

Dec 13, 2019

Reconnect to the Holiday Spirit

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

Nov 26, 2019

Get to know our Messiah soloists

2019/20 Season Handel Messiah soloists

We reached out to this season's Messiah soloists to find out a bit more about them. Enjoy!

Margot Rood, soprano
Lucile Richardot, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Peter Harvey, baritone

Nov 21, 2019

Get to know Evergreen Brick Works & Orit Sarfaty

In keeping with the message of peace, charity, and goodwill at the heart of Handel’s Messiah, Tafelmusik is excited to partner with Evergreen this holiday season. One dollar from each Messiah ticket sold will go towards revitalizing the Don River Valley for the Toronto community.
 
Dec 17, 2018

Messiah in the Headlines

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.

CATCH THE HEADLINES

Dec 3, 2018

Get to Know Daily Bread Food Bank

Daily Bread CEO Neil Hetherinton

Tafelmusik is thrilled to be partnering with CBC Toronto and Daily Bread Food Bank this year on their Sounds of the Season fundraiser in support of GTA food banks. We chatted with Daily Bread Food Bank CEO Neil Hetherington over email to learn a bit more about their mission, why the holidays are so important, and how we can all get involved.

Tafelmusik: Tell us about the mission of Daily Bread Food Bank. How many people do you serve?

Dec 5, 2017

Get to know the Messiah Soloists

Joining us in this season's Handel Messiah is a stellar line-up of soloists: soprano Joanne Lunn, countertenor James Laing, tenor Rufus Müller, and baritone Brett Polegato. We sat down with our four soloists to find out a bit more about them. Enjoy!

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Dec 13, 2016

Get to know the Messiah soloists

Our Messiah and Sing-Along Messiah concerts will feature an amazing cast of soloists with soprano Amanda Forsythe and mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó making their Tafelmusik debut, and Tafelmusik favourites tenor Colin Balzer, and baritone Tyler Du

Dec 7, 2016

Behind the Musik: Messiah 101

Here are the official program notes for Handel Messiah

Download the Program Notes | Download the Program Listing

Directed by Ivars Taurins

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir