Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra with Vesuvius Ensemble


Wed Dec 4 at 7pm, Thu Dec 5, Fri Dec 6, Sat Dec 7 at 8pm, Sun Dec 8 at 3:30pm Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre Map BUY NOW

Tue Dec 10 at 8pm George Weston Recital Hall, Meridian Arts Centre (formerly Toronto Centre for the Arts) Map BUY NOW SUBSCRIBE NOW
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra with Vesuvius Ensemble
Special guest: Tommaso Sollazzo, zampogna


The joy of the holiday season shines with the pastoral warmth of the Italian countryside.
For centuries, the sound of the zampogna, special bagpipes played by shepherds, has been a central part of Italian Christmas festivities. Now you'll hear this fabulous folk instrument in this concert blending baroque Italian Christmas concertos with the heartfelt Christmas music of Southern Italy, performed by Toronto's own Vesuvius Ensemble. 
With Corelli rubbing shoulders with the traditional Novena di Natale, and a baroque orchestra sharing space with the zampogna, ciaramella, mandolins, and traditional guitars, Tafelmusik and Vesuvius present a colourful Christmas celebration straight from the heart of Southern Italy’s warm, boisterous countryside. 
What's interesting about this concert:
  1. A unique combination of baroque Christmas concertos, and the soulful folk music of Southern Italy, with its own rhythms, instruments, and spirit.
  2. Did you know: the sound of the zampogna was imitated by Handel in the Pifa section of Messiah, a nostalgic reminder of the many years the composer spent in Italy.
  3. Learn more about the pastoral genre, which depicts the shepherd’s life, and why composers, poets, and painters of the 1700s were so attracted to it. 
  • Traditional Novena di Natale
  • Manfredini Concerto grosso in C Major, op. 3, no. 12
  • de' Liguori Quanno nascette ninno
  • Caesana La Tarantella
  • Traditional Procida (Campania) La 'nferta
  • Traditional (Abruzzo) Alla fredda tua capanna
  • Schiassi Sinfonia pastorale per il santissimo natale di nostro Jesu
  • Traditional (Calabria) Veni sonne de la mutagnella
  • Traditional (Sicily) La notti di Natali


  • Pasquini Introduzzione & Pastorale
  • Traditional (Puglia) Ninna nanna di Carpino
  • Scarlatti "Autor d'ogni mio ben" from Cantata pastorale per la nascita di nostro Signore
  • Tartini Pastorale from Sonata, op. 1, no. 13
  • Traditional Zampogna solo
  • dall'Abaco Allegro "La Zampogna" from Sonata VII
  • Corelli Concerto fatto per la notte di Natale, op. 6, no. 8
  • Traditional (Sicily) Diu vi manna l’ambasciata

 Concert run time: approximately 2 hours, including a 20-minute intermission.

Listen to a couple of samples of what you will hear in this concert

Watch and listen to guest artists Vesuvius Ensemble

Photo: Flock, Krzysztof Browko