By the time of Handel’s death 17 years later it had become his most frequently performed oratorio and is now the most popular sacred work in the western world.
Handel’s collaborator Charles Jennens compiled the text from different parts of the bible to create a narrative based around Christ’s birth, passion and resurrection. Handel found it so inspiring, that, in reflecting on the composition of the work, he remarked: ‘I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God himself.’
Messiah remains a unique musical experience: its dramatic story of faith, suffering and redemption includes many treasured musical moments, including Rejoice greatly, the Hallelujah chorus, I know that my Redeemer liveth and The trumpet shall sound – all part of a masterpiece of the Baroque, one which offers a message of belief that continues to resonate through time. The MSO Chorus joins a magnificent cast and a fine Handel conductor for these superb performances.
News About Messiah at Roy Thomson Hall
Toronto Symphony Orchestra New Recording Of MASSENET: THAIS On Chandos Label
May 29, 2020
In the absence of being able to perform live in its concert hall, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is especially pleased to announce the release of a new recording of Massenet's emotionally riveting opera Thaïs on the prestigious Chandos label.
Tafelmusik Announces 2020/21 Season
February 19, 2020
Music Director Elisa Citterio unveiled Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra's 2020/21 season, Passions of the Soul, inviting audiences to experience the range of feelings music can inspire. For her third season, Citterio has curated a selection of music that spans more than four centuries a?" from early baroque to contemporary composers a?" with the ultimate goal of touching the heart of the listener.
Mahler Resurrection Symphony: Matthew Halls Steps In For Juanjo Mena
April 15, 2019
Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena sincerely regrets that due to illness he must withdraw from this week's performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). In his place, acclaimed British conductor Matthew Halls will lead the concerts. Mahler's Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'-April 17, 18 & 20-features soprano Joelle Harvey, contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, and the combined forces of the Amadeus Choir and the Elmer Iseler Singers, as previously announced.
Soloists From Equilibrium Young Artists Announced For Mozart's Requiem
February 26, 2019
After announcing their new partnership in December 2018, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and Equilibrium Young Artists (EQ) revealed today that soprano Jenavieve Moore, mezzo-soprano Jillian Bonner, tenor Charles Sy, and bass Trevor Eliot Bowes will be the featured vocal soloists in Mozart's Requiem with the TSO conducted by Sir Andrew Davis at Roy Thomson Hall in January 2020
Old Meets New As Tafelmusik Unveils 2019/20 Season
February 12, 2019
Today Music Director Elisa Citterio unveiled Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra's 2019/20 season, which highlights the freshness and vigour at the heart of everything Tafelmusik undertakes. Old meets new in unprecedented ways, including Tafelmusik's first-ever foray into the music of the late Romantic composer Tchaikovsky, a new multimedia program by Alison Mackay, the return of Vesuvius Ensemble, six world premieres by living composers, and Tafelmusik premieres of Lotti's Missa Sapientiae and of Citterio's own orchestral arrangement of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Citterio's debut Tafelmusik recording, Vivaldi con amore, will be released in September 2019, and a live recording of A Handel Celebration takes place at Koerner Hall in May 2020. In November 2019 Tafelmusik returns to Europe for the first time in a decade, with soprano Karina Gauvin, and the critically acclaimed Safe Haven multimedia program will travel across Ontario in 2020.
Tafelmusik Presents Handel MESSIAH And Sing-Along MESSIAH
December 18, 2018
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir performs Handel's beloved baroque masterpiece, Messiah, on December 18, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 pm in the stunning setting of Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre. A cherished Toronto holiday tradition since 1981, Tafelmusik's Messiah is conducted by Ivars Taurins.
Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works Featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Receives GRAMMY Nomination
December 07, 2018
The recording of Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto; Oboe Concerto; Serenade to Music; Flos Campi featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) received a nomination for a 61st annual GRAMMY® Award in the Best Classical Compendium category.