The Vienna Boys Choir, the King’s Singers and the Academy of St. Martin within the Fields Chamber Ensemble are among the many internationally famend acts that will probably be performing in Ottawa within the coming months as a part of Chamberfest’s concert series.
“I think it’s our greatest concert series yet,” stated Chamberfest’s inventive director, Roman Borys, who additionally performs cello with the Gryphon Trio, “and it’s quite apropos that it should happen during our 25th anniversary year.”
There are nonetheless eight days to go within the 25th anniversary version of Chamberfest’s summer season competition, however evidently’s simply the beginning of a stellar yr for classical music in Ottawa.
The 2018-19 concert series options a number of artists not often, if ever, seen in Ottawa, such because the celebrated cellist Mischa Maisky, the Romero Guitar Quartet and the Catalan string quartet Cuarteto Casals.
Top Canadian acts are within the highlight, too, together with Ottawa-born pianist Angela Hewitt and her Bach Odyssey mission, the New Orford String Quartet, and Borys’s Gryphon Trio in a specifically commissioned world premiere with Scandinavia’s Nordic Voices.
Rounding out the 12-concert series is a collaboration with Veronique Lacroix’s Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal (ECM+) that includes music by younger composers.
The series begins Oct. 2, a bit sooner than ordinary, primarily to accommodate the tour schedule of the St. Martin’s ensemble. In their concert at Dominion-Chalmers, the combined string and wind group will carry out Schubert’s Octet, a difficult, hour-long piece described by Borys as “one of the lesser-heard jewels of the chamber-music repertoire.”
“It’s extremely difficult to program,” Borys stated. “You need countless hours to rehearse. It’s the kind of piece that one rarely has the opportunity to hear performed by an ensemble that plays it a lot. As soon as I heard it was an option, I jumped on it.”
Hewitt performs Dominion-Chalmers on Oct. 18 for Part VII of her Bach Odyssey, during which she is going to carry out Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier. She returns on Jan. 18 with Part VIII, the improvisational toccatas.
“It’s a matter of great pride that an artist who hails from Ottawa and has the stature that Angela has, and the reputation that she deserves, should be doing something like this,” Borys stated, noting that Hewitt’s total 12-part odyssey will solely be seen in New York, London and Ottawa.
The younger composers’ showcase, ECM+ Technology2018, takes place Nov. 6 on the National Arts Centre, that includes music by Sophie Dupuis, Thierry Tidrow, James O’Callaghan and Patrick Giguere.
On Nov. 17, the New Orford String Quartet performs on the National Gallery of Canada, providing what Borys describes as a “great juxtaposition” of works: Black Angels by up to date composer George Crumb and Haydn’s basic, Seven Last Words. “It’s a very unique pairing,” stated Borys. “Most of our patrons know Haydn, and many of them know George Crumb, but they wouldn’t have heard these two pieces together.”
The legendary vocal sextet, the King’s Singers, be a part of forces with the Ottawa Choral Society for 2 performances at Dominion-Chalmers on Dec. 14 and 15. Titled Silver and Gold, it’s billed as a festive celebration for the season.
Borys and his Gyphon Trio mates are planning to cowl 500 years of music throughout their Feb. 1 concert with Nordic Voices at Dom-Chalm. Along with Gesualdo, Victoria and Ravel, they’ll premiere Scar Tissue, by Canadian composer Jeffrey Ryan, which was commissioned by a music-loving scientist. “It was an amazingly fruitful and deep subject matter,” Borys says.
Spain’s Romero Guitar Quartet, a classical-guitar ensemble that started within the 60s and now consists of two sons of unique members — therefore the designation, the Royal Family of the Guitar — carry out Feb. 16 at Dominion-Chalmers, adopted a number of weeks later by Cuarteto Casals on March four. Catalan’s fiery string quartet will play favourites by Haydn, Bartok and Mendelssohn.
Spring brings an April 7 concert by the Vienna Boys Choir, that includes 25 choristers between the ages of 9 and 14, and a program constructed across the Motet and Lieder. It takes place at Dominion-Chalmers.
The ultimate concert within the series is a uncommon Canadian look by Mischa Maisky, the Latvian-born, Russian-educated, Israel-based cellist who is among the most well-known instrumentalists in Europe, and the one cellist to have studied with each Mstislav Rostropovich and Gregor Piatigorsky. He will probably be accompanied by his daughter, pianist Lily Maisky, for the May eight concert at Dominion-Chalmers.
Concert tickets go on sale Aug. 2, ranging in value from $30-$60, relying on the concert, with reductions for subscription purchases and for patrons age 35 and below. Fees are additional. The ECM+ concert is $20, and isn’t included within the subscription packages.
Go to chamberfest.com/tickets to buy, or name 613-234-6306 to order by telephone. You may also purchase in individual on the Chamberfest field workplace, four Florence St., Suite 201, and at any of the venues in the course of the summer season competition, which runs till Aug. 9. Find more data at chamberfest.com.