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OTTAWA, March 14, 2012 – Legendary Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent will be guest of honour at a party to formally launch the 19th edition of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, also known as Ottawa Chamberfest. The party will be held at the Gordon Harrison Gallery, 495 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00PM.
Gordon Pinsent is best known for his work in the films The Shipping News (2001) and Away from Her (2007). Pinsent won an ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence (2003) and a Banff Television Festival Award of Excellence (2004), and was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2007. In 2010, Pinsent became a YouTube sensation when his satirical reading from Justin Beiber’s autobiography went viral. He continues to work steadily, both on TV and in film.
Mr. Pinsent will make his debut at Ottawa Chamberfest 2012 as narrator of The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns, with poetry by Ogden Nash. Mr. Pinsent and James Parker of the Gryphon Trio also perform Strauss’ musical treatment of Tennyson’s melodrama, “Enoch Arden,” which had its first (and arguably most famous) Canadian interpretation in the Grammy® Award-winning recording by Claude Rains and Glenn Gould.
100 dignitaries, guests, and media representatives have been invited to the launch party and press briefing by Ottawa Chamberfest artistic director, Roman Borys. Mr. Borys will provide details of the 2012 festival programme. Mr. Pinsent will be available to discuss his upcoming performance. There will be a brief musical performance by Canadian violinst Carissa Klopoushak, winner of the 32nd annual Eckhardt-Grammatté National Music Competition.
ABOUT OTTAWA CHAMBERFEST
Founded in 1994, Ottawa Chamberfest brings together the boldest names in ensemble and solo performance for two weeks of musical celebration in the nation’s capital. The world’s largest festival of its kind, Ottawa Chamberfest is a Festivals and Events Ontario “Festival of Distinction,” and winner of seven Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for the Arts.
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