I am delighted to invite you, as Founder and Artistic Director, to subscribe to the Ottawa Bach Choir's tenth anniversary season. Just back from its Carnegie Hall debut in New York City, this world-class professional ensemble has performed to critical acclaim throughout the world. As the Choir expands in breadth, performances this season include a Subscription Series, an Intimate Concert Series and a new CD in honour of its 10th anniversary.
The Subscription Series offers three spectacular concerts:
Baroque Christmas, on November 26, 2011, includes festive works from the German and Italian baroque, featuring Schütz' masterpiece, Weihnachts-Historie, SWV 435, as well as other works by Praetorius, Gabrieli, and more. The choir is joined by a baroque ensemble playing on period instruments, including strings, sackbuts and cornets. A reception will follow the performance at which the OBC's new CD, Cantate Domino, in honour of its 10th anniversary, will be released.
To celebrate the choir's tenth anniversary, on March 10, 2012, Bach's Matthaüs-Passion (St. Matthew Passion), BWV 244, will be presented, which is the very work with which the Ottawa Bach Choir began in 2002. Joining the Choir will be an array of international stars, including Suzie Leblanc, Agnes Zsigovics, Daniel Taylor, Charles Daniels, Jacques-Olivier Chartier, Stephan McLeod and Daniel Lichti. A world-class baroque orchestra accompanies the choir and a celebratory reception follows the performance.
The final concert of the season, Song and Spirit, on May 12, 2012, performed in advance of the OBC's appearance at Podium 2012, includes Baroque and Contemporary works by such composers as Bach, Pachelbel, Whitacre, Pärt, and more, featuring a newly commissioned work by Ottawa composer, Nicholas Piper. A small continuo section accompanies the choir.
The Intimate Concert Series, featuring two smaller concerts with refreshments in the homes of our patrons, along with a number of Special Concerts at various embassies, round out the season.
We invite you to join us in this monumental year as we bring you the best that choral music has to offer.
You won't want to miss it!