Dec 5, 2018 | Announcements and updates Festival News
OTTAWA – The King’s Singers, world-renowned for half a century of unparalleled a cappella performance, will round out their 50th anniversary by helping to kick off the Christmas season in Ottawa. They’ll perform in the Chamberfest Concert Series with local favourites the Ottawa Choral Society and pianist Matthew Larkin Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15 at Dominion-Chalmers.
Silver & Gold – the title a tribute to Chamberfest’s 25 years and the King’s Singers’ 50, as well as traditional Christmas decorations – will celebrate the season in three parts. The six-part U.K. ensemble – called “the superlative vocal sextet” by the London Times – and 120-strong Ottawa choir will each perform separate sets, and then unite for a powerful culmination.
This is the third year that Chamberfest and the Ottawa Choral Society have collaborated on a unique holiday programme to bring beloved international arts before Ottawans in the thousands. Previous concerts featured such artists as broadcaster Ben Heppner, and Metropolitan Opera soprano Mireille Asselin and baritone Russell Braun.
Silver & Gold: Christmas with the King’s Singer and the Ottawa Choral Society is part of Chamberfest’s 2018-19 Concert Series celebrating their 25th anniversary, and the Ottawa Choral Society’s subscription concert series. Very limited tickets are available online at chamberfest.com, by phone at 613-234-6306, or in person at 4 Florence St., Suite 201.
7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 14 and Sat., Dec. 15
355 Cooper St. (O’Connor and Cooper)
In the Bleak Midwinter (arr. Bob Chilcott)
The First Nowell (arr. Dan Forrest)
Venez mes enfants (arr. Donald Patriquin)
Knight: Come rock his cradle
Lassus: Resonet in laudibus
Veni, veni Emmanuel (arr. Philip Lawson)
Noël Nouvelet (arr. Philip Lawson)
Ave Virgo sponsa Dei – Inviolata es (arr. Adrian Willaert)
Pärt: Bogoróditse Djévo
The Shepherd’s Carol (arr. Bob Chilcott)
There is a flower (arr. John Rutter)
Gaudete (arr. Brian Kay)
Luboff: Still, still, still
Lo, How a rose / The Rose (arr. Craig Hella Johnson)
Adon Olam (arr. Coreen Duffy)
Bob Chilcott: High Flight
Bob Chilcott: We Are
Quelle est cette odeur agréable (arr. David Willcocks)
Come All ye Faithfull (arr. David Willcocks)
Joy to the World (arr. John Rutter)
The King’s Singers
Ottawa Choral Society
Jean-Sébastien Vallée, conductor
Matthew Larkin, piano
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.
Ottawa Choral Society (OCS)
The Ottawa Choral Society is a historic symphonic chorus with a proud tradition of excellence. Directed by the outstanding Canadian choral musician, Jean-Sébastien Vallée, the Choral Society continues to play a pivotal and collaborative role in the cultural life of the National Capital Region. In addition to its annual subscription series, the choir regularly appears with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, chamber ensembles of the city’s leading instrumentalists, and engages major solo artists and exciting rising stars to appear on its stages.