The Ottawa Bach Choir presents J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

Bach Mass in B Minor - image2The Ottawa Bach Choir (OBC) presents its opening subscription concerts in this season of magnificent choral works: J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232, Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7:30PM, at Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto; and Sunday, November 15, 2015, 7:30PM, at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street, Ottawa. This concert features the full setting of one of Bach’s last and greatest compositions, completed in 1749, but only first performed in its entirety in 1859. Today it is considered one of the greatest pieces of choral music ever written. The choir is joined by the Baroque orchestra, Ensemble Caprice, Matthias Maute, artistic director; and world-class soloists, including Daniel Taylor.


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A typical Ottawa music season finds the Ottawa Bach Choir and its founder/conductor Lisette Canton giving three major concerts and occasionally participating in sundry events. Some summers they perform in Chamberfest and/or Music and Beyond. But these facts don't tell the whole story. In June of this year they did a five-city European tour during which they were received with enthusiasm everywhere they went: Venice, Leipzig, Lubeck, Groningen and Amsterdam.


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obc-photos-at-bachs-tomb-in-thomaskirche-toddComing to Leipzig to hear Bach is a pilgrimage, especially during the annual Bachfest in June. And singing in the Thomaskirche, the church from which Bach performed his functions as the city's music director, is clearly an experience like no other especially for the Ottawa Bach Choir and its founder, Lisette Canon.

The intensity of their rehearsing over the last couple of days has been exhausting for this observer, and I can't begin to imagine what it must be like for those actually doing it. "You didn't come all this way to do it almost right" was the leitmotif of Canton's every-note-counts direction.

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