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An Invitation from our Music Director

Michael Zaugg, Music Director

September 2007

Dear Choral Music Lovers

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to this exciting season. The Cantata Singers of Ottawa is very proud to have been performing excellent choral music for 44 years, and I am honoured to be at the helm of this thriving and enthusiastic organization.

Our 44th season has many choral gems ready for you, starting with our upcoming performances of a cappella masterworks at the Sacred Music Festival in Ottawa, at St. James Anglican in Perth and at St Paul’s Anglican church in Kanata. Mendelssohn, Bach, Monteverdi and Poulenc are among the prolific composers featured in our program. Laudate – Jubilate – Cantate showcases some of the most moving musical settings of the Book of Psalms.

In the second half of the season we will present three concerts of very different character. Each performance features distinguished guest artists from Canada and abroad. These concerts are not to be missed; our collaboration with these renowned musicians is unique in the performing arts scene of Ottawa.

Faire is the Heaven promises to be a vibrant and eclectic evening, adding the shinning and shimmering sounds of our featured guest Capital BrassWorks. Rutter’s Gloria, our joyful centre piece, is framed by works of the master of English music composition.

The internationally acclaimed Vancouver Chamber Choir under the direction of Jon Washburn, is "...one of the finest ensembles in the world." (CHORUS! Magazine), and will be our guest in Canadian Connections. This is an event you can’t miss, as the Vancouver Chamber Choir is rarely heard in the Capital region. (To accommodate your schedule during a workweek, please note the earlier starting time.)

Our choral travel around the world continues! The third installment of our Soundscape series will feature the music of Scandinavia. The Nordic countries have much in common, starting with dark winters and light summers, to their unique love for vocal music. In A Scandinavian Soundscape we will present to you these various aspects of Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark, and our Scandinavian guests will immerse you in eclectic sounds.

You might, dear listener, remember our Canadian Soundscape concert two seasons ago, and the young fiddlers and step-dancers, Ella and Tessa Bangs. I am very happy to tell you that Ella was spotted at that concert by a Cirque du Soleil Talent Scout, and is now touring as the lead role in Cirque’s show Quidam. We are of course very proud that our concert acted as platform for the discovery of a young artist.

Our pre-concert talks will be held as well this season. Your response to these events was very positive and I am grateful that you seek out the opportunity to be informed about the works we perform and their composers.

I wish you a wonderful autumn and look forward to welcoming you at our next concert.

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Michael Zaugg, Music Director

Performance Schedule


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  Date Programme Location Tickets
Saturday, 22 September 2007, 7:30 pm
Laudate – Jubilate – Cantate
Michael Zaugg, conductor

Our season kicks off starting with our performances of a cappella masterworks. Mendelssohn, Bach, Monteverdi and Poulenc are among the prolific composers featured in our program. Laudate – Jubilate – Cantate showcases some of the most moving musical settings of the Book of Psalms.

St. Paul's Anglican Church, 20 Young Rd., Hazeldean Kanata Tickets $18. in advance, $20 at the door.
Saturday, 20 October 2007, 4:00 pm
Laudate – Jubilate – Cantate
Michael Zaugg, conductor

We bring our performance of a cappella masterworks to Perth. Mendelssohn, Bach, Monteverdi and Poulenc are among the prolific composers featured in our program. Laudate – Jubilate – Cantate showcases some of the most moving musical settings of the Book of Psalms.

St. James Anglican Church, 12 Harvey St., Perth

Tickets Adults: $20 or $15 advance, Seniors & Students: $15 or $13 advance, Family of 4: $45 or $35 advance.

Tickets can be purchased at Shadowfax, 4 Gore St. E, Perth, or from members of St. James Church, or by phoning 613-264-0242.

Sunday, 21 October 2007, 4:00 pm
Laudate – Jubilate – Cantate
Michael Zaugg, conductor

We bring our performance of a cappella masterworks to the Sacred Music Festival. Mendelssohn, Bach, Monteverdi and Poulenc are among the prolific composers featured in our program. Laudate – Jubilate – Cantate showcases some of the most moving musical settings of the Book of Psalms.

Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave., Ottawa Tickets are available from various establishments and at the door for $20.
  Thursday & Friday, December 13 & 14 2007, 8:00 pm
J. S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Trevor Pinnock, conductor

The choir joins the Seventeen Voyces on the NAC stage to perform one of the standards: the Christmas Oratorio.

Joanna G’froerer, flute
Monica Whicher, soprano
Daniel Taylor, countertenor
Lawrence Wiliford, tenor
Russell Braun, baritone
Seventeen Voyces , Kevin Reeves, director

More information: NAC web site
Southam Hall, National Arts Centre Contact the National Arts Centre Box Office.
  Tuesday & Wednesday, December 18 & 19 2007, 8:00 pm
George Frideric Handel: Messiah
Trevor Pinnock, conductor

The choir returns to the NAC to perform one of the standards: Messiah. The choir has performed this work many times at the NAC over the years with many different conductors. Each conductor brings a different interpretation to the work, keeping the experience fresh and exciting for the choir members.

Kathleen Brett, soprano
Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto
Gordon Gietz, tenor
Joshua Hopkins, baritone
Seventeen Voyces , Kevin Reeves, director

More information: NAC web site
Southam Hall, National Arts Centre Contact the National Arts Centre Box Office.
Saturday, 2 February 2008, 8:00 pm
Faire is the Heaven
Michael Zaugg, conductor

Faire is the Heaven promises to be a vibrant and eclectic evening, adding the shinning and shimmering sounds of our featured guest Capital BrassWorks . Rutter’s Gloria, our joyful centre piece, is framed by works of the master of English music composition.

Come to a pre-concert talk by our music director at 7:30 pm.
Christ Church Cathedral

Sparks Street at Bronson Avenue, Ottawa (map)
Adult $30, early purchase $5 discount, students: $10
Tuesday, 4 March 2008, 7:30 pm
Canadian Connections
Michael Zaugg, conductor

The internationally acclaimed Vancouver Chamber Choir under the direction of Jon Washburn, is "...one of the finest ensembles in the world." (CHORUS! Magazine), and will be our guest in Canadian Connections. This is an event you can’t miss, as the Vancouver Chamber Choir is rarely heard in the Capital region. (To accommodate your schedule during a workweek, please note the earlier starting time.)

Vancouver Chamber Choir , Jon Washburn, director

Christ Church Cathedral

Sparks Street at Bronson Avenue, Ottawa (map)
Adult $30, early purchase $5 discount, students: $10
Sunday, 13 April 2008, 3:00 pm
A Scandinavian Soundscape
Michael Zaugg, conductor

Our choral travel around the world continues! The third installment of our Soundscape series will feature the music of Scandinavia. The Nordic countries have much in common, starting with dark winters and light summers, to their unique love for vocal music. In A Scandinavian Soundscape we will present to you these various aspects of Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark, and our Scandinavian guests will immerse you in eclectic sounds.

Come to a pre-concert talk by our music director at 2:30 pm.
Christ Church Cathedral

Sparks Street at Bronson Avenue, Ottawa (map)
Adult $25, early purchase $5 discount, students: $10
  Wednesday & Thursday May 7 & 8, 2008, 8:00 pm
Mendelssohn: Elijah
Helmuth Rilling, conductor

The choir joins the Ottawa Chorals Society and the Ottawa Bach Choir at the NAC to perform Elijah.

Elizabeth Keusch, soprano
Roxana Constantinescu, mezo-soprano
James Taylor, tenor
Nathan Berg, bass-baritone
Ottawa Choral Society , Matthew Larkin, director
Ottawa Bach Choir , Lisette Canton, director

More information: NAC web site
Southam Hall, National Arts Centre Contact the National Arts Centre Box Office.
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