A Tafelmusik Christmas

A photograph of a mother and daughter hugging in a kitchen with splatters and smears of yellow and pink paint.

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Thu Nov 25 & Fri Nov 26 at 8pm, Sat Nov 27 at 2pm Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre

Premiered Thursday December 16, 2021 at 8pm EST Online Concert Hall Buy a Digital Season Pass

Ivars Taurins director
Tafelmusik Chamber Choir

Online Premiere

  • Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 8pm ET

Live Performances at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (physically distanced seating)

  • Thursday, November 25 & Friday, November 26, 2021 at 8pm *
  • Saturday, November 27 at 2pm

*November 25 & 26 performances will be filmed and may have some obstructed seats due to camera crews

Peace, joy, merriment, and hope—Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Tafelmusik!

Curated by Ivars Taurins, this festive program spanning two centuries reunites members of the choir and orchestra for the first time in 2021 — a perfect way to launch the 40th anniversary season of Tafelmusik Chamber Choir.

A selection of sparkling choruses from Handel’s Messiah and richly harmonized baroque arrangements of Christmas carols complement the exuberance of Bach and the elegance of Charpentier. Choral works by Berlioz and Poulenc add depth and dimension, evoking a sense of wonder and tranquillity that is synonymous with the season. Pastoral sinfonias by Stradella and Pasquini balance this program recalling the many moods and emotions of Christmas. 

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  • Digital tickets include a pre-concert chat and extended viewing of up to seven days
  • House programs will be sent by email in advance of your concert
  • Digital and live concert tickets are subject to a $3 service fee
  • Live concert ticket prices are subject to demand, with an additional $1 fee for Will Call pick up

The following ticket types are available for the December 16, 2021 online concert:

  • Deluxe: Enjoy up to 7 days of unlimited viewing—from Dec 16 8pm ET to Dec 23, 7:59pm ET
  • Standard: Enjoy up to 48 hours of unlimited viewing—from Dec 16 8pm EDT to Dec 18, 7:59pm ET
  • General: One-time, time-limited access for this concert viewing. Your viewing time will be limited from 8pm to 11pm ET on Dec 16.


Buy a pass today to gain access to these benefits:

  • More Tafelmusik– all eight digital concerts
  • Easier access– concerts appear in your viewer on premiere day
  • On demand viewing– watch whenever you want through to August 31, 2022
  • Priority access to live concert tickets- when announced

WHAT TO EXPECT from a Digital Concert 

Whether you’re returning or joining us for the very first time, here’s what you can expect from Tafelmusik’s digital concert experience:

  • High-resolution video and audio 
  • A digital Pre-Concert Chat to learn more about the music and artists featured
  • A digital House Program with repertoire and program notes
  • See the orchestra members and their instruments up-close and personal
  • Watch on any compatible browser—or, connect or cast to your television

WHAT TO EXPECT from a Live Concert

Here’s what you can expect from your in-person concert experience:

  • Safety as our top priority: requirements include proof of vaccination, masking and physically distanced seating
  • Signs to help you find your way and keep you safe
  • Helpful and informed Front of House staff
  • Programs sent in advance by email and available by QR code at the concert
  • Fantastic acoustics and beautiful music!


Johann Sebastian Bach Sanctus in D Major

J.S. Bach Christum wir sollen loben schon, from Cantata 21

 J.S. Bach Kyrie, Gloria & Cum sancto, from Lutheran Mass in G Major                              

Alessandro Stradella Sinfonia from Cantata per il Santissimo Natale

Marc-Antoine Charpentier Messe de minuit: Agnus Dei

Hector Berlioz The farewell of the shepherds, from L’Enfance du Christ

Francis Poulenc Videntes stellam

Bernardo Pasquini Introduzione & Pastorale (arranged)

George Frideric Handel Choruses from Messiah                   

Arrangements of traditional carols

Concert run time: approximately 85 minutes