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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Opens 30th Anniversary Season Oct. 14

Glorious Bach and Zelenka

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Directed by Ivars Taurins


with soloists

Gillian Keith, soprano

Matthew White, countertenor
Cory Knight, tenor

Andrew Mahon, baritone

Dates + Times: Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre

Friday Oct 14, Sat Oct 15 at 8 PM

Sunday Oct 16 at 3:30 PM

Wed Oct 19 at 7 PM

Thursday Oct 20 at 8 PM

Ticket Prices: Regular: $35 - $84

65+: $29 - $76

Ages 30 and under: $15 - $76

PWYC Fridays for ages 30 and under: Oct 14

Venue: Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West

Box Office: Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre: 416.964.6337 / www.tafelmusik.org

Website: www.tafelmusik.org / www.facebook.com/tafelmusik.org

The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir presents Glorious Bach and Zelenka, its first series of concerts for 11/12 Toronto season, which also marks the choir’s 30th anniversary. Under the direction of Chamber Choir Director Ivars Taurins, this programme showcases the choir in Zelenka’s masterful Missa votiva and Bach’s joyous motet Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Sing unto the Lord a new song).

Soloists Gillian Keith, soprano; Matthew White, countertenor; Cory Knight, tenor; and Andrew Mahon, baritone, join the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and orchestra. Dorothee Mields, who was originally announced as the soprano soloist, has had to cancel her appearance because of a family emergency. Tafelmusik is very pleased that soprano Gillian Keith, who has performed with the orchestra and choir a number of times in the past, was available on short notice.

The concert on Wednesday, October 19 will be followed by an informal question-and-answer session with Ivars Taurins and guest soloists. The Talkback is free for October 19th ticket-holders.


Zelenka’s Missa Votiva has been described as “nothing less than a lost masterpiece” (James Manheim, Allmusic.com). The motet "Singet dem Herrn” by Bach, a contemporary of Zelenka, will be interpolated between the two halves of the mass.

Founded in 1981 by Ivars Taurins, the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir is regarded as one of the world’s finest chamber choirs — “I doubt there's a better choir anywhere.” (The Globe and Mail). Last month, the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir joined Maestro Kent Nagano, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the OSM chorus for performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the inaugural concerts in its new hall, La Maison symphonique de Montréal. “ … the combined forces of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and the OSM chorus made me think I was having a religious experience.” (Margo Kelly, CBC Arts Online)

Full programme:

Jan Dismas Zelenka Missa Votiva, ZWV 18

Johann Sebastian Bach Motet "Singet dem Herrn," BWV 225

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