Concert Review : Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem in Quebec City

Ottawa Bach Choir brings Brahms to Québec

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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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Review: European Tour 2014

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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BACHFEST LEIPZIG 2014 • 4th EUROPEAN TOUR

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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

Blog Post - Bachfest Leipzig 2014, by Lisette Canton
Ottawa Citizen - Ottawa's Bach pilgrims perform to highest standard, by Richard Todd

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