Directed by Ivars Taurins

Handel Messiah

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Tue Dec 18, Wed Dec 19, Thu Dec 20 & Fri Dec 21, 2018 at 7:30pm Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre. Map BUY NOW SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE

Directed by Ivars Taurins
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Krisztina Szabó, mezzo-soprano
Charles Daniels, tenor
Drew Santini, baritone

Experience the humanity and goodwill of Handel’s beloved choral masterpiece.

Handel’s Messiah transcends cultural, geographic, and religious boundaries with its message of charity, peace, goodwill, and sacrifice. It also contains some of the most uplifting, touching, and magnificent music ever composed.

Ivars Taurins directs four soloists, orchestra, and chamber choir, offering audience’s Handel’s masterpiece with Tafelmusik’s trademark expertise and care, intimacy and expanse. Our annual performances of Messiah have become a cherished annual Toronto holiday tradition—join us and discover why!

What's interesting about this concert?
  • Although Messiah's subject material is drawn from Christian theology, many different cultures consider the work to be one of their most cherished holiday traditions. Its universal message of charity, peace, goodwill, and sacrifice transcends cultural, geographic, and religious boundaries. 
  • It became an annual Christmas tradition well after Handel's death, in the Victorian age. 
  • Tafelmusik's performances, with four soloists, orchestra, and chamber choir, offer an experience true to Handel's time and vision, presented with care and passion, intimacy and drama. 
Join us for a free pre-concert chat one hour before the show with musicologist and broadcaster Dr. Hannah French titled "Handel, Hogarth, and the Hallelujah Chorus".


  • Handel Messiah*

* Recorded by Tafelmusik

 Concert run time: approximately 3 hours. Intermission is 15 minutes.
Please note that the late entrance is approximately 35 minutes into the show.

Share your holiday goodwill and help families in need. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted at all Messiah performances.