Ottawa Bach Choir proudly presents its 13th season of choral wonders

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Ottawa Bach Choir (OBC) – The Ottawa Bach Choir is turning thirteen this year and we have planned an amazing season of choral wonders! Just a couple months ago, this world-class professional ensemble completed its fourth European tour, which included an invitation to perform in the Bachfest Leipzig 2014 at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany, as the first Canadian choir ever to be invited. As the choir expands in breadth, performances this season include a Subscription Series and Special Concerts, including its popular Venetian Carnival gala fundraiser. The Ottawa Bach Choir is pleased to offer its audiences a Subscription Series for a limited time only.


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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.


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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