Music composed between approximately 1600 and 1750. Baroque music is the core of our repertoire, but we also perform classical and early romantic music, up to about 1825.
Tafelmusik is a chamber-sized orchestra – for baroque music you’ll usually see 15-20 musicians on stage. For baroque orchestral programs, we are usually directed by a violinist. For programs with our choir, and for later classical/romantic programs, we work with a conductor. The orchestra plays on period instruments – the instruments for which the music was written – and according to historical performance practices (i.e. the style at the time). Through all of this, we strive to offer performances that are fresh and "modern."
Our concerts take place all over Toronto in various performance venues. Please click here for venue information, including parking and directions..
We love applause – and you're welcome to applaud whenever you like! The norm is to wait until an entire piece is finished (a complete suite, concerto, or symphony, if you’re following along in the program), but anything goes.
What do I wear? details
Honestly, it is completely up to you. Maybe you’re the type that likes to dress-up, in which case go for it! If you prefer casual, that’s completely fine too – just no torn jeans please, keep it casual classy.
There are a wide variety of restaurants close to all of our venues. Whether it’s the diverse selection in the Annex, the chic options in Yorkville, or brand name options in North York, there’s something for everyone.
Click here for a list of restaurants.
Doors to the concert hall open half an hour before the listed performance time.
Photography and video recording of any kind, including from a cell phone, are prohibited. Please click here for more information on Concert Etiquette.
Even phones that are left on vibrate can be distracting to performers and other audience members, so when a show starts we ask that you please turn off all devices (don’t worry – we’ll remind you at the top of the show!). You are welcome to keep them on before and after the performance, as well as at intermission, if you would like to share online about your wonderful experience!
It is recommended you arrive early to all performances, to allow time to find your seat and relax. Many of our concerts do not allow for late entrances, making it all the more important to arrive early. Make sure to allow time for transit, parking, and inclement weather. We also offer free pre-concert chats one hour before every show, so you might want to arrive for that!
Most Tafelmusik performances last between 1 hour and 45 minutes, to 2 hours and 15 minutes. Our popular Messiah concerts last 3 hours. If you check the concert page on the website, we’ll list our best estimate.
There are three ways to purchase tickets for our concerts: in person, by phone, and online. To order tickets in person or by phone, click here for contact information for each venue. For online orders, click here.
For concerts at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre or tickets bought over the phone will either be available for pick-up at the Tafelmusik Box Office (427 Bloor St West), or can be mailed if requested. We recommend that ticket pick-up the night of a concert be done half an hour in advance. Tickets purchased online are available for pick-up or you can print at home.
Our friendly Box Office staff are always ready to help patrons choose a subscription package for the season. Be sure to call Martin, Derek, or Adrienne at (416) 964-6337. Want to find out what’s available? Browse our website to learn more.
Be sure to visit our Concerts and Tickets section of the website to find out what we have to offer.
You can also find out more about the Orchestra and Choir in our About section
Learn more about period music, our artists, and what it takes to get Tafelmusik on stage each season on our Breaking Baroque blog.
For ticket policies, please click here.
Tafelmusik has one of the healthiest (and friendliest!) volunteer organizations around. Find out how you can help by visiting our Volunteer page .
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