Classical supergroup New Orford String Quartet brings evocative program spanning nearly 200 years to Ottawa

OTTAWA – The New Orford String Quartet will make a much-anticipated return to Ottawa this Saturday, bringing a classical favourite and a modern marvel together in an immersive and thought-provoking program at the National Gallery of Canada.

Featuring Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestra concertmasters Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan, alongside violist Eric Nowlin and cellist Brian Manker, the ensemble known colloquially as simply New Orford gives a specially-designed program will bring the audience simultaneously through the Passion story of Christian tradition and the descent of fallen angels into Hell. In the quartet’s masterful hands, the program alternates Franz Joseph Haydn’s and George Crumb’s movements, reaching a dramatic conclusion in one act without intermission.

The New Orford String Quartet’s performance is part of the 2018-19 Chamberfest Concert Series. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 613-234-6306, or in person at 4 Florence St., Suite 201.

7:30 p.m., Sat., Nov. 17

National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Dr.

Franz Joseph Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross, Hob. III:50-56, Op. 51
George Crumb: Black Angels

Jonathan Crow, violin
Andrew Wan, violin
Eric Nowlin, viola
Brian Manker, cello

Ottawa Chamberfest
Celebrating 25 years, Ottawa Chamberfest brings together the boldest names in small ensemble and solo performance for musical celebration in the nation’s capital throughout the year with a Concert Series and Community Engagement and Education programming, culminating in the Chamberfest summer festival. The world’s largest festival of its kind, the Ottawa Chamberfest summer festival is a 2018 Festivals and Events (FEO) Ontario “Top 100” and winner of seven consecutive Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for the Arts.