Angela Hewitt, Ensemble Made In Canada, and Simone Osborne at week two of Chamberfest

Festival’s second week includes free outdoor concerts at Rideau Hall, and a closing event with New York DJ Brendan Speltz

OTTAWA – Ottawa Chamberfest’s second week features Angela Hewitt’s Bach Odysseys V and VI, a specially-commissioned concert featuring Canadian composers and performers, and a mix of tango and jazz from around the world in the late-night Chamberfringe series.

Details of Chamberfest week two:

When: August 3 – August 9, 2018

Where: Downtown Ottawa – Dominion-Chalmers United Church, La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins, National Gallery of Canada, Beechwood Cemetery – The National Cemetery of Canada, Ottawa City Hall, etc.


Chamberfest @ Rideau Hall: NYO Canada
Friday August 3 / 1:00PM & 3:00PM / Rideau Hall
Free Admission
Come meet Chamberfest for an afternoon performance on the beautiful, historic grounds of Rideau Hall – the official residence of the Governor General. NYO Canada brings you a sneak peek at the chamber musicians of tomorrow, with a series of performances from groups newly formed from their orchestra.

Saturday August 4 / 1:00PM / National Gallery of Canada
Fourteen composers, four instruments, four minutes. Ensemble Made In Canada weaves a cultural quilt from specially-commissioned pieces inspired by Canada’s many provinces, territories, and regions, with composers including Ana Sokolović, David Braid, and Sarah Slean.

Angela Hewitt: Bach Odyssey V
Saturday August 4 / 7:00PM / Dominion-Chalmers United Church
$52 (A), $39 (B), $30 (C)
Angela Hewitt continues the second year of her epic journey through Bach’s complete keyboard works with Book I of the masterful Well-Tempered Clavier, as part of our Bytek Signature Series. Hewitt’s concert on August 6 (Bach Odyssey VI) will feature Bach’s ethereal Aria and 30 variations known the world over as the Goldberg Variations.

Gryphon Trio 25th Anniversary Mashup
Sunday August 5 / 7:00PM / Dominion-Chalmers United Church
Celebrating 25 years, the Gryphon Trio have put together a set list featuring much loved music for violin, cello, and piano by Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Piazzolla, and many more. One of the highlights in Chamberfest’s Marina Kun series, Eric Friesen will host this evening of greatest hits and favourite stories.

Siskind Snapshot: Bedford Trio
Monday August 6 / 5:30PM / Dominion-Chalmers United Church
Free Admission
This year’s Career Development Residency ensemble wraps up their tenure at Chamberfest – under the mentorship of educator Rob Kapilow, from workshops at the Boys and Girls Club to pop-up concerts in Ottawa’s parks – with a showcase of the skill that has elevated them in Toronto’s chamber music scene.

Golnar and Mahan Trio with Mona Ratbou Riahi
Monday August 6 / 10:00PM / La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins
“A feast of colorful sounds with a special fusion flair, they represent the current face of the Iranian music scene with style, pathos, and creativity” (Jazz Corner). Underscored by their Iranian-Austrian roots, this trio builds upon jazz untethered by geography or language.

Simone Osborne and Gordon Bintner with Michael McMahon
Wednesday August 8 / 7:00PM / Dominion-Chalmers United Church
Partners onstage and in life, “one of Canada’s most sought-after sopranos” Simone Osborne and bass-baritone Gordon Bintner close our Marina Kun Series. Alongside star Canadian collaborative pianist Michael McMahon, they perform a program of art songs including duets by Saint-Saëns and Mendelssohn.

Last Call: DJ/Violinist Brendan Speltz with SOMA Quartet
Thursday August 9 / 10:00PM / La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins
Come close out this year’s festival with your Chamberfest friends at a party scored by New York DJ Brendan Speltz’s perfectly curated playlist of retro classics and pop. He’ll set the stage for a special closing performance by the SOMA Quartet, wrapping up fifteen incredible days in style. Dancing’s not just welcome – it is encouraged!

*$25 for 25: In celebration of 25 years, we invite Ottawa to come along for a chamber music experience at the special reduced price of $25.

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