To stand inside the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany, is nice to do if you are a tourist.
But to sing inside it is special. And to sing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach inside it is to touch the soul of genius. Bach was the kapellmeister in the church from 1723 to his death in 1750. And much of the music he composed for Sunday services, he played on the organ in that church.
That is the very fortunate circumstance awaiting the Ottawa Bach Choir next spring when they will become the first Canadian choir to take part in the prestigious annual Bach Festival in Leipzig. They will perform June 20. In addition to the appearance in Leipzig, the choir will also perform in St. Mark's Basilica in Venice and Lübeck, Germany, along with Groningen and Amsterdam in The Netherlands. The tour lasts from June 13 to 26.Read more...
The Music of Art Robert Kapilow, commentator
with the Ottawa Bach Choir, Lisette Canton, conductor
National Gallery, Monday at 1:30 p.m.
"...It was a real pleasure doing this with you...I hope we will have more opportunities to work together...Please let the chorus know how much I enjoyed this collaboration and what a wonderful job they did..." - Rob Kapilow
The Music of Art is a presentation by musicologist Robert Kapilow in which paintings for the National Gallery of Canada’s collection are compared with music from the time in which they were created.Read more...
OTTAWA — In music history the Renaissance is said to extend roughly from 1400 to 1600, but most of the Renaissance music that people are familiar with these days comes from the late 16th century. It’s like the Baroque period which began about 1600 and ended around 1750, but is most often represented in concert by composers from the last generation of the era — Handel, Vivaldi and especially J. S. Bach.
On Saturday evening conductor Lisette Canton and her Ottawa Bach Choir presented music by Palestrina and Victoria, two of the greatest composers of the 16th century, or of any century for that matter.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.