Handel: Sing-a-long Messiah / Tafelmusik
Resplendent in his powdered wig and 18th-century garb, Maestro Handel (aka Director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Ivars Taurins) leads Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, a stellar cast of soloists — soprano Suzie LeBlanc, countertenor Daniel Taylor, tenor Rufus Müller, and baritone Locky Chung — and a mass audience choir made up of more than 1000 Tafelmusik fans as they perform Handel's baroque masterpiece. A Toronto tradition beloved by thousands, Tafelmusik’s annual Sing-Along Messiah has become a revered family ritual for many Torontonians over the past 25 years. Toronto’s largest sing-along event, Tafelmusik’s Sing-Along Messiah sells out every year, and participants are genuinely moved by the experience of joining their voices with hundreds of others to make music. This film was originally telecast by Bravo! and produced by the award-winning 90th Parallel Productions. Ivars Taurins received a Gemini Award nomination for his role in this film. BONUSES: The DVD booklet lists the website where enthusiastic DVD audiences can download the sing-along choruses so that they can sing along with Herr Handel at home! DVD includes five bonus audio tracks of Tafelmusik Chamber Choir performing music by Handel, Bach, Vivaldi and Mondonville.