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49th Season Concerts and Events

Invitation from our Music Director:

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Dance of Death

Saturday 17 November 2012

A musical exploration of the medieval allegory Dance of Death, with a cappella music by Distler, Tavener, Whitacre and Daley, and featuring Requiem et Lux by Canadian composer Peter Togni.

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Stabat Mater IV

Saturday 16 March 2013

The final edition of our music for Holy Week series, featuring music for choir and strings by Rheinberger, Mealor and Mäntyjärvi.

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Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2013

The light-filled complement to Dance of Death, our program will repeat Togni’s Requiem-Lux Aeterna, this time from a brighter perspective, together with music by Brahms, Rutter, Lauridsen and Whitacre.

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CSO Hosted Events:

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Ontario Youth Choir 2012

Friday 24 August 2012

Cantata Singers of Ottawa is pleased to host the Ontario Youth Choir 2012, under the direction of Michael Zaugg.

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2013 Conductors Forum and Master Class ** CANCELLED **

Friday 19 and Saturday 20 April 2013

The Cantata Singers of Ottawa are offering a Conductor’s Forum and Master Class under the direction of Artistic Director Michael Zaugg. They are inviting local church musicians, community choir directors and music students interested in choral conducting to apply for the Forum and Master Class.

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CSO Guest Appearances:

Ode to Joy

Thursday 04 October 2012

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Handel's Messiah

Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 December 2012

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Bronfman Plays Brahms

Wednesday 06 and Thursday 07 February 2013

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Mozart's Requiem

Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 February 2013

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Past Production Seasons

We've kept a list of productions from several past years.

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Invitation from our Music Director

Cantata Singers of Ottawa — 49th season

October 2012

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Dear Friends of the Cantata Singers of Ottawa

As the leaves are turning colour and the days are getting shorter, the Cantata Singers are already in the middle of preparation for the first concert! Our 49th season is unique and full of colours too!

I’ve selected the work by a great Canadian composer to create the bookends of our season. Peter-Anthony Togni’s Requiem — Lux is the centrepiece in both our November and our May concerts. The composition will be highlighted in two different ways. The Requiem (mass for the dead) provides the inspiration for TOTENTANZ (dance of the dead) while Lux inspires the counterweight in the LUX (light) concert.

In our 49th season, we’re drawing the conclusion to our Stabat Mater series. Over the last seasons, we’ve performed works by Scarlatti, Palestrina, Nysted, and Haydn as well as by Canadians Nobles, Hossfeld and Morlock. Our guest artists included organist Andreoni, cellist Regehr and Thirteen Strings, plus soloists Bailey, Zantingh, Boyd, Lalonde, Carty and Fafard-Blais.

For our fourth Stabat Mater instalment, again in collaboration with Thirteen Strings, I have selected music by Rheinberger, Haydn and Mäntyjärvi. I’m especially looking forward to Paul Mealor’s Stabat Mater. Mealor has come to fame in 2011 when his Ubi Caritas was performed at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

For each concert I will present an introduction of 25 minutes. I believe these excursions enrich our concert experience, and I hope you will benefit from the opportunity.

I look forward to welcoming you at our concerts. We will perform some of my favourite works, and I hope you’ll discover some new favourites too!

With my best wishes,

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Michael Zaugg
Artistic Director - Cantata Singers of Ottawa

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