Concert Archives

  • 2019-2020 Season - For its 18th season, the choir presented A Bach Christmas, featuring the Epiphany cantatas the choir will perform at Bachfest Leipzig 2020, BWV 124, 3 and 111, as well as the celebratory motet Singet dem Herrn and more, with Ensemble Caprice baroque orchestra and soloists, Meredith Hall, Nicholas Burns, Philippe Gagné and Andrew Mahon, followed by The Genius of Josquin, featuring his Missa Pange Lingua as well as magnificent motets and chansons, followed by Prelude-Europe 2020, which included music by German Baroque composers as well as Contemporary gems the choir was to take on its 5th European tour to Germany…
  • 2018-2019 Season - For its 17th season, the choir presented Christmas in Venice, featuring Monteverdi's Christmas Vespers, along with works by baroque composers who worked at the prestigious St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, with Ensemble Caprice baroque orchestra and soloists, followed by La Sainte-Chapelle, with works by prominent composers, de Sermisy, Certon, and Charpentier working at La Sainte Chapelle in Paris in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and finally Mozart Celebration, including masterpieces by Mozart composed while he was in Salzburg. The choir also released its 7th CD, Handel, Bach & Schütz, on the ATMA Classique label.
  • 2017-2018 Season - For its 16th season, the choir presented Nativity, featuring the premiere of Novum Canticum by Marc Langis, along with music for Christmas from the Renaissance, Baroque and Contemporary periods, accompanied by harpist Caroline Léonardelli and organist Matthew Larkin, followed by Victoria: Officium Defunctorum, featuring the masterpiece by the Renaissance composer, along with works by Palestrina, Allegri, and more, and finally Baroque passion, including Handel's Dixit Dominus, Bach's motet, Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229, and Schütz' Passion Motets, which the choir recorded for its 7th CD.
  • 2016-2017 Season - For its 15th anniversary season, the choir released its 6th CD, 'Twas But Pure Love, with music for Christmas from the Renaissance, Baroque and Contemporary periods, with two recording premieres by Kelly-Marie Murphy and Matthew Larkin, accompanied by harpist Caroline Léonardelli and organist Jonathan Oldengarm. The first concert saw the launch of the CD, followed by Rossini: Sacred and Profane, featuring his Petite Messe Solennelle for two pianos and harmonium, along with works for solo ensembles, and Jesu, meine Freude, including German Baroque motets by Bach and his contemporaries.
  • 2015-2016 Season - This season saw the OBC perform Bach's Mass in B Minor, in Ottawa and Toronto, Songs for Chamber Ensemble, with works by 19th and 20th century masters, including Ottawa's Nicholas Piper, and two French masses - Charpentier's Messe pour quatre chœurs and Langlais' Messe solennelle. In April, the choir was invited to tour in China for the first time, performing as Canada's choral representative in the prestigious festival, Meet in Beijing 2016, with concerts in Beijing and Shanghai.
  • 2014-2015 Season - In this 13th season, the choir's Subscription Series featured a performance in the Shenkman Arts Centre series in Orleans, Ontario, with the OBC singing Christmas Around the World, and it performed two other concerts, the masterpiece by Orlando di Lasso, Lagrime di San Pietro, and Now is the Month of Maying, highlighting madrigals and part-songs by Renaissance masters as well as Haydn's 13 Part-Songs. The second Venetian Carnival gala performance also took place in February, and the choir was also featured in Schafer's Apocalypsis in the Sony Centre in Toronto in June, along with 11 other professional choirs from Ontario.
  • 2013-2014 Season - This season brought the choir to new heights on the local and international stages. Concerts in Ottawa included The Glory of the Baroque, celebrating inspirational music for the season of Advent with motets and cantatas by Telemann, J.C.F. Bach, Buxtehude, Charpentier and J.S. Bach. The choir explored the music of The Tudors: Hidden Ecstacies, performed reflective seasonal works in the Christmas concert, In the Still of the Night, introduced the popular Venetian Carnival, and culminated the season with Prélude-Europe 2014, which preceded an inspiring 4th European Tour in June, where the choir was invited to perform in the world's most prestigious international…
  • 2012-2013 Season - Over the past ten years, this professional choir has performed throughout the world and has been acclaimed on both the national and international levels. As the choir moved into its second decade after an amazing tenth anniversary, the choir presented Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) by Johannes Brahms, Masters of the Renaissance, which included a cappella works by two of the period's most important composers, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Tomás Luis de Victoria, and the final concert of the season, Baroque Magnificence, which included Bach's early cantata, Himmelskönig, sei willkommen, BWV 182, Handel's early choral masterpiece, Dixit Dominus,…
  • 2011-2012 Season - 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 a 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,…
  • 2010-2011 Season - The Choir expanded it scope this season by including a Subscription Series of German, French and Italian motets and cantatas inBaroque 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 in 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.
  • 2009-2010 Season - 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 the final concert Miserere, presented music for Passiontide from the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods, featuring Victoria's strikingly beautiful Officium Defunctorum (Requiem).
  • 2008-2009 Season - This season, the choir presented Jesu, meine Freude, a challenging concert of all a cappella music and toured to Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto in its second performance in the Choir & Organ Series. The choir also performed 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, in Leipzig, 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…
  • 2007-2008 Season - 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 favourites at the Museum of Civilization, and a new recording, Jesu, meine Freude, of Bach cantatas BWV 4, 78 and the motet, Jesu, meine Freude, with Agnes Zsigovics, Daniel Taylor, Benjamin Butterfield, Daniel Lichti and 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 with masterclasses and a…
  • 2006-2007 Season - 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), as well as in Bayreuth, Vienna, Salzburg and Munich.
  • 2005-2006 Season - 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.
  • 2004-2005 Season - 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 achieved thus far was highlighted with the release of its first CD, Festival Baroque, and its first 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 27 years.
  • 2003-2004 Season - 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.
  • 2002-2003 Season - 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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