Just back from its Carnegie Hall debut in New York City, performances this season included a Subscription Series, an Intimate Concert Series and the release of new CD in honour of its 10th anniversary, Cantate Domino. The first concert, Baroque Christmas, included festive works from the German and Italian baroque. To celebrate the choir's tenth anniversary, Bach's Matthaüs-Passion (St. Matthew Passion), BWV 244, was presented with an array of international stars. The final concert of the season, Song and Spirit, was performed in advance of the OBC's appearance at Podium 2012 featuring a newly commissioned work by Ottawa composer, Nicholas Piper. The Choir also performed at Ottawa summer festivals, Music and Beyond and Chamberfest.
The Choir expanded it scope this season by including a Subscription Series of German, French and Italian motets and cantatas in Baroque Masters, Monteverdi - Sacred and Profane and Buxtehude & Bach. The Choir also introduced the very popular Intimate Concert Series and traveled to Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Redpath Hall in Montreal, and New York City where it had been invited to make its debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Other performances were held at the Consulate General of France in New York and the "Arts at the Park" Series at Park Avenue Christian Church in Manhattan.
The Choir's subscription series this year highlighted the 350th year of Purcell's birth and the 200th year of Haydn's death with stirring music in Haydn • Bach • Purcell Celebration, performing two festive cantatas by Bach with Ottawa-based international soprano, Donna Brown. Christmas Around the World comprised new and old favourites for the season from around the globe and our final concert Miserere, presented music for Passiontide from the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods, featuring Victoria's strikingly beautiful Officium Defunctorum (Requiem).
This season, the choir presented Jesu, meine Freude, a challenging concert of all a cappella music and toured to Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. They performanced with the Orquesta del Nuevo Mundo in Mexico City and toured Europe for the third time. This time, the choir not only participated in the Motette series for the third time at the Thomaskirche, but also brought well-loved performances at St. Paul's Cathedral in London as well as Notre Dame Cathedral, Church of the Madeleine and the American Church in Paris.
This sensational season, the Choir presented an Ottawa debut performance of the Levin version of Mozart's Requiem in We Will Remember Them on Remembrance Day, a performance of Baroque music and seasonal favorites at the Museum of Civilization and a recording of Bach cantatas and a motet with Agnes Zsigovics, Daniel Taylor, Benjamin Butterfield, Daniel Lichti and a baroque orchestra playing on period instruments. The choir also travelled to Almonte for a Christmas Potpourri, to Southern Ontario for concerts and workshops in Toronto and finished the season off with masterclasses and a performance at Podium 2008 in Sackville, New Brunswick.
The choir's fifth season treated audiences to inspired performances of some of the most beautiful and moving choral music. Our subscription series included A Taste of the Italian Baroque, a Canadian premiere of Roxanna Panufnik's Westminster Mass with the Montreal ensemble Musica Orbium, and a European Extravaganza to celebrate the choir's second European tour returning to sing at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig (Bach's church), Bayreuth, Vienna, Salzburg and Munich.
This season brought inspired performances of Bach Cantatas, the St. John Passion and works by French composers, Charpentier and Martin, plus a special Christmas concert to celebrate the launch A Christmas Story. In addition to the main subscription series, the choir was invited to perform in the prestigious Choir and Organ Series at Toronto's Roy Thompson Hall, the Montreal Bach Festival and travelled to Nova Scotia for performances in Halifax, Wolfville and at the festival Musique St-Bernard.
This season, the Ottawa Bach Choir expanded its repertoire of Bach's greatest works with a glorious performance of the Mass in B minor, performing with some of the the best voices and instrumentalists in the world. The culmination of the work the Choir acheived thus far was highlighted with the release of its first CD, Festival Baroque and a landmark tour to Europe with performances in Prague, Stuttgart and in the Motette series at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany, the home of J.S. Bach for 32 years.
Highlights of the Ottawa Bach Choir's second season included a well received performance of Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorium (Christmas Oratorio), a trip to Mexico City to perform Handel's Messiah with the Orquesta del Nuevo Mundo and concerts of 20th century French repertoire and early German baroque works in Ottawa and Montreal.
The Ottawa Bach Choir's first season included some of the top works by baroque composers, including the St. Matthew Passion, Six Motets, Magnificat in D and Missa in G minor by Bach, as well as Handel's Dixit Dominus and the Musikalische Exequien by Schütz.
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