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Handel Alexander's Feast

Directed by Ivars Taurins

Handel Alexander’s Feast

Thu Feb 22, Fri Feb 23, Sat Feb 24, 2018 at 8pm, Sun Feb 25 at 3:30pm Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre. Call (416) 408-0208 Map

Experience the drama of Handel’s ode to the power of music.

“A sense of cohesion and purpose that is what music-making on the highest level is all about.” – The Globe and Mail (on Tafelmusik Choir and orchestra)

Watch the invitation from Ivars Taurins Chamber Choir Director.

Welcome to the Persian city of Persepolis! Come feast your senses with Alexander the Great and his mistress Thaïs. Timotheus will be present, singing and playing his lyre.

George Frideric Handel has prepared a score for soloists, choir, and orchestra to ravish your ears as you join the court to contemplate joyous victory, sweet longing, and a healthy dose of “toil and trouble.” Even nobler emotions will be stirred after Timotheus’s melodies have convinced Alexander to burn the city in revenge for his dead Grecian soldiers.

This musical feast is a setting of poetry by John Dryden written in honour of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. It premiered at London’s Covent Garden in 1736, and includes concertos for harp and organ. It promises to have you on your feet, joining the many who "rend the skies with loud applause.”

Directed by Ivars Taurins
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Alexander Dobson, baritone
Julia Seager-Scott, harp
Neil Cockburn, organ
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Pre-concert Chats

Join us for a free pre-concert chat one hour before the show titled "Harnessing the power of musick" with conductor and teacher Larry Beckwith.

  • Handel Alexander's Feast, or The Power of Music**
    The ode includes Concerto for harp (Julia Seager-Scott, harp soloist)* & Concerto for organ (Neil Cockburn, organ soloist)

* Recorded by Tafelmusik
** First time performed on the Tafelmusik stage
Note: Handel Harp Concerto recorded with Maxine Eilander, harp soloist

Concert run time: 2 hours and 35 minutes (this includes a 25 minute intermission).