Coming 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.Read more...
On our 4th European Tour in 2014, the OBC was invited to perform in the world’s most prestigious international Bach festival along with other concerts in Venice, Lübeck, Groningen and Amsterdam.
June 15 • San Marco • Venice, Italy
June 16 • San Polo • Venice, Italy
June 20 • Bachfest Leipzig 2014, Thomaskirche • Leipzig, Germany
June 22 • Marienkirche • Lübeck, Germany
June 24 • Martinikerk • Groningen, Netherlands
June 25 • Westerkerk • Amsterdam, Netherlands
OTTAWA — Lisette Canton and her Ottawa Bach Choir concluded their 12th season Saturday evening with an eclectic program that will form the backbone of their five-city European tour in June. There was only one work by Bach, but a feast of music from every century from the 16th through the 20th was presented. And a couple of modern folk song arrangements were thrown in as a kind of dessert.Read more...
The Ottawa Bach Choir, founded in 2002 by Lisette Canton, offers audiences a wide range of choral music of the finest quality, performing music from all historical periods while keeping Bach's choral oeuvre as the focus of its repertoire. Through a combination of both a scholarly and emotional approach to choral music, the choir expands all aspects of the artistic spectrum. It has performed extensively in Canada and abroad, and achieved national as well as international acclaim.