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WHO'S WHO | Tafelmusik’s Sing-Along Messiah By the Numbers

By Member on November 18, 2015

Tafelmusik Sing-Along Messiah at Massey Hall (Photo: Gary Beechey)
Tafelmusik Sing-Along Messiah at Massey Hall (Photo: Gary Beechey)

WHO’S WHO FROM TAFELMUSIK

On Sunday December 20, 2015 at 2 PM, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir hosts its annual Sing-Along Messiah at Massey Hall — a unique Toronto audience-participation phenomenon led by George Frideric Handel himself (aka Ivars Taurins — in character and dressed in full baroque costume). Vocal soloists are Joanne Lunn, soprano; Mary-Ellen Nesi, mezzo-soprano; Rufus Müller, tenor; and Nathaniel Watson, baritone. Sing-Along Messiah has been broadcast on the Bravo!, CTV and WNED television networks.

  • Number of years Tafelmusik has performed a Sing-Along version of Messiah: 29
  • Number of years Mr. Handel has conducted Tafelmusik’s Sing-Along Messiah: 29
  • Number of individual pieces in Mr. Handel’s costume: 8 in total including coat, vest, shirt, neck stock, britches — all hand-sewn by Ivars Taurins — plus stockings, shoes, and wig.
  • Number of props used on stage by Mr. Handel: 9 including sword, cane, rolled score used as baton, wine glass, dinner napkin, clay pipe, hanky, 2 shilling pieces, and roasted turkey leg
  • Number of buttons on Mr. Handel’s costume: 90
  • Amount of Velcro used in costume: 0
  • Weight of Mr. Handel’s costume: 12 pounds
  • Number of times an honour guard (the 79th Fraser Highlanders) has heralded the entrance of Mr. Handel: 2
  • Number of Gemini Award nominations received by Mr. Handel: 1. Ivars Taurins was nominated for a Gemini in 2012, when the DVD version of Sing-Along Messiah was released on Tafelmusik Media
  • Number of voices filling Massey Hall during the Hallelujah chorus at Sing-Along Messiah: 2723, made up of 2700 audience members plus 23 choir members

Details

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Venues:

Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1X7

(416.964.6337)

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Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

(416.408.0208)

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George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2N 6R8

(1.855.985.2787)

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Website: www.tafelmusik.org

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About

World-renowned.  Future-bound.

Tafelmusik

The word is German and means “table music” or “music for the feast.”

The name is apt because Tafelmusik has produced a feast of firsts and bests, and has won admiration throughout the musical world.

Tafelmusik’s vision is to be an international centre of excellence in period performance for generations to come. To sustain this vision, Tafelmusik is now creating artists and audiences for the future through artist training and audience development activities.

Tafelmusik’s mission is to engage audiences locally, provincially, nationally and internationally with historically informed live and recorded musical experiences on period instruments.

Through its extensive national and international tours, its critically-acclaimed recordings and TV broadcasts, its new media initiatives and growing web of community and artistic partnerships, Tafelmusik is one of the most prolific orchestras in the world.

Tafelmusik, Canada’s award-winning period instrument orchestra, was founded in 1979 and has long been renowned in North America and internationally for its distinct, exhilarating and soulful performances. Under the outstanding leadership of Chief Artistic Advisor Jeanne Lamon, C.M., it has excelled equally in music ranging from the baroque and classical eras and beyond, including adventurous cross-cultural reinventions of baroque classics.  In the words of Gramophone, Tafelmusik is “one of the world’s top baroque orchestras.

The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, specializing in baroque performance practice and vocal technique, was formed in 1981 to complement the orchestra. Under the direction of Ivars Taurins, the choir has been praised for its clarity and brilliance and has been described as “the best period-performance choir anywhere in the world…” (The Globe and Mail).

Tafelmusik performs 50 concerts each year in Toronto at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, a historic church in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto, performs community outreach concerts, tours extensively in Canada and throughout the world, and has a discography of 76 CDs that have garnered many national and international awards.

At the heart of Tafelmusik is a group of remarkably talented, enthusiastic and dynamic musicians, each of whom is a specialist in historical performance practice.

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The Folks Behind It All

Based in Toronto and led by Chief Artistic Advisor Jeanne Lamon, the renowned Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra has seventeen permanent members, all of whom are specialists in historical performance practice. Get to know the Tafelmusik musicians by clicking on their names for a biography and photo.

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Events

2015/16 Season

Tafelmusik-performs-Bach-Christmas-Oratorio

Bach Christmas Oratorio

Directed by Ivars Taurins

Concert Details

Tickets on sale Aug 4 at 10 AM (online only)

Thu Dec 3, 2015 Fri Dec 4, Sat Dec 5 at 8pm, Sun Dec 6 at 3:30pm

Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall

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Tafelmusik-performs-Messiah-

Handel’s Messiah

Directed by Ivars Taurins

Concert Details

Tickets on sale Aug 4 at 10 AM

Wed Dec 16,2015 Thurs Dec 17, Fri Dec 18, Sat Dec 19,2015 at 7:30pm

Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre

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Sing-Along Messiah at Massey Hall

Concert Details

Tickets on sale Aug 24

Sun Dec 20, 2015, at 2 pm

Massey Hall

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Tafelmusik-performs-Vivaldi-L'estro-Armonico

Vivaldi L’estro armonico

Violinist and Guest Director: Mira Glodeanu

Concert Details

Tickets on sale Aug 4 at 10 AM (online only)

Wed Jan 20 2016 at 7pm, Thu Jan 21, Fri Jan 22, Sat Jan 23 at 8pm, Sun Jan 24 at 3:30pm

Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall

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Tafelmusik-performs-The-Best-of-Mozart

Beethoven 9th Symphony

Directed by Bruno Weil

Concert Details

Tickets on sale Aug 4 at 10 AM

Thu Feb 4, 2016 Fri Feb 5, Sat Feb 6,2016 at8pm, Sun Feb 7 at 3:30pm

Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre

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Beethoven-Symphony-9

The Best of Mozart

Directed by Jeanne Lamon

Concert Details

Tickets on sale Aug 4 at 10 AM (online only)

Thu Feb 25, 2016 Fri Feb 26, Sat Feb 27 at 8pm, Sun Feb 28 at 3:30pm

Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall

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Tafelmusik-Bach-Goldberg-Variations

Bach Goldberg Variations

with Benjamin Alard, harpsichord

Concert Details

Tickets on sale Aug 4 at 10 AM (online only)

Thu Mar 31, 2016, Fri Apr 1, Sat Apr 2, 2016, at 8 pm, Sun Apr 3 at 3:30 pm

Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall

Tue Apr 5 at 8 pm

George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts

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Zelenka-Bach

Zelenka & Bach

Directed by Ivars Taurins

Concert Details

Tickets on sale Aug 4 at 10 AM (online only)

Thu Apr 28, 2016, Fri Apr 29, Sat Apr 30, 2016, at 8 pm, Sun May 1 at 3:30 pm

Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall

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Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House

Directed by Jeanne Lamon

Concert Details

Tickets on sale Aug 4 at 10 AM

Thu May 19, 2016, Fri May 20, 2016 at8pm, Sun May 22 at 3:30 pm

Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre

Tue May 24, 2016, at 8 pm

George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts

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