The Ottawa Bach Choir presents music of “The French Renaissance”

The JUNO Award-winning Ottawa Bach Choir (OBC) presents the second concert of its 19th season, The French Renaissance, on Saturday, March 13, 2021, 8 PM, in its new Digital Concert Hall. The second concert highlights rarely performed sacred and secular music by the Franco-Flemish Renaissance composer, Jean Richafort, and more. Repertoire includes his Missa pro defunctis (Requiem), as well as chansons by Orlande de Lassus, Pierre Certon and Claudin de Sermisy, all performed in the beautiful acoustic of St. Paul’s Chapel, Ottawa.

The OBC has won the JUNO 2020 Award for its recording, Handel: Dixit Dominus; Bach & Schütz: Motets, in the category Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral. Released on the ATMA Classique label, the album has been exclaimed as “staggering and movingly performed” (Gramophone Magazine), “among the very best” (American Record Guide) and “awe-inspiring” (The WholeNote).

The choir has also been invited to return to the world’s most prestigious international Bach festival, Bachfest Leipzig 2022, as one of a select number of ensembles worldwide (and the only Canadian ensemble) asked to present the entire chorale cantata cycle of Bach, in June 2020.

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, Europe, and  China, and  had the honour of being the first Canadian choir ever to be among the performers in Bachfest Leipzig 2014.

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Ottawa Bach Choir

Dr. Lisette Canton, Conductor                                                   

The French Renaissance

Jean Richafort Requiem and chansons by Claudin de Sermisy, Pierre Certon, Orlande de Lassus and Richafort.

Saturday, March 13, 2021, 8 PM: Digital Concert Hall

Tickets: General $20

Tickets are available online: OBC Digital Concert Hall


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