Discover baroque choral treasures by Zelenka and Bach

Amongst the composers Bach most admired was the Bohemian composer Jan Dismas Zelenka. It was a mutual admiration that was enriched by friendship. This program celebrates that friendship, pairing a selection of lesser-known, intimate gems from Bach’s Lutheran cantatas with an extravagant Catholic mass by Zelenka.

Tafelmusik has performed four of the five highly original high Masses Zelenka composed in the final decade of his life. Our performances of the Missa Sanctissimae Trinitatis complete the cycle of these extraordinary works. With its virtuosic demands on the performers, vivacious rhythms, eccentric harmonies, and deep emotional impact, the Mass bears Zelenka’s unmistakable personal stamp.

Joining the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and director Ivars Taurins is the Montreal soprano Myriam Leblanc, singing a beguiling aria from Bach’s Cantata 150, and displaying vocal fireworks in the Zelenka Mass.

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Running Time
2 hours
Style of Music
Baroque choral

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

Guest artists

Myriam Leblanc


Québecoise soprano Myriam Leblanc has garnered rave reviews: music critic Christophe Huss opined that “in the last ten years, she is one of the most beautiful voices, perhaps the most beautiful, to have emerged from the Quebec talent pool” (Samedi et rien d’autre, Radio-Canada). With a Master’s degree in choral conducting from the Université de Sherbrooke and a diploma from McGill University, the young soprano is equally at home in the classical, bel canto, and baroque repertoires. Boasting numerous awards, she has been a guest soloist of various symphony orchestras, including the OSM, Orchestre Métropolitain, and those of Trois-Rivières, Quebec City, and Saskatoon. On the operatic stage, she has distinguished herself in productions by Opéra de Montréal (Rigoletto, Svadba, Aida), Opéra de Québec (Carmen), Orchestre Métropolitain (Parsifal), and Jeunesses Musicales du Canada (Roméo et Juliette). She has also performed in concert most notably with I Musici, Ensemble Caprice, Les Violons du Roy, and Tafelmusik, and has recorded for the Analekta label. Her recent projects include the role of Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème with Francis Choinière in Trois-Rivières, and of Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Ensemble Caprice.


Directed by Ivars Taurins
Myriam Leblanc soprano soloist
Tafelmusik Chamber Choir
Tafelmusik Orchestra


Bach Excerpts from cantatas
Zelenka Missa Sanctissimae Trinitatis

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