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The Ottawa Bach Choir presents Baroque Passion

Ottawa (Canada) – The Ottawa Bach Choir (OBC) presents the final concert of its magnificent season featuring the rarely performed Passion Motets by early German Baroque master, Heinrich Schütz, Handel’s brilliant Dixit Dominus and Bach’s motet, Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229. With Ensemble Caprice baroque orchestra and Canadian soloists, including countertenor Daniel Taylor and other special guests, the music from this concert will be recorded for the choir’s 7th CD, due for release in 2018-19.

“This concert will give Ottawa audiences a chance to experience some of the best of the Baroque with rarely performed works by Handel, Schütz and Bach,” says Founder and Artistic Director, Dr. Lisette Canton. “These spectacular works, performed with the distinguished Baroque orchestra Ensemble Caprice and soloists, will surely awaken the passions!”

The OBC recently celebrated the release of its new CD, ‘Twas But Pure Love, for the choir’s 15th anniversary, featuring two Canadian recording premieres by Ottawa composers Kelly-Marie Murphy and Matthew Larkin, with harpist Caroline Léonardelli and organist Jonathan Oldengarm. It includes ethereal music from the Renaissance to the Contemporary periods from Spain, Italy, England, Germany, France and Sweden.

Founded in 2002 by Dr. Lisette Canton, the OBC offers a wide range of choral music from all historical periods, featuring some of Canada’s top choristers. With the combination of a scholarly and emotional approach, the OBC provides an unforgettable experience of choral music at its best.

The OBC has toured extensively in Canada, the United States, and Europe, and was invited to perform as Canada’s choral representative in the prestigious Meet in Beijing arts festival in Beijing, China, in April 2016. In 2014, the choir completed a two-week tour of Venice, Leipzig, Lübeck, Groningen, and Amsterdam, and had the honour of being the first Canadian choir ever to be among the performers in the world’s most prestigious international Bach festival, Bachfest Leipzig 2014.

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Ottawa Bach Choir

Dr. Lisette Canton, Conductor                                   

Baroque Passion

Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Schütz’ Passion Motets and Bach’s Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229. With Ensemble Caprice baroque orchestra and soloists, including countertenor Daniel Taylor

Friday, May 4, 2018, 8 PM

St. Jean Baptiste Church, 96 Empress Avenue, Ottawa

Tickets: Reserved $45, Adult $35, Senior $30, Student $15, Children 12 and under Free

Tickets are available online: www.ottawabachchoir.ca, by phone: 613-270-1015, or at the following outlets:

The Leading Note, 370 Elgin Street, Ottawa; Compact Music, 206 & 785 1/2 Bank Street, Ottawa

Information: info@ottawabachchoir.ca

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