Featuring new \’Rush Hour\’ concerts – an Ottawa First!
The Chamber Players of Canada have announced their fourth regular-season concert series which will offer four different programs and six concerts. The series launches on December 22nd with an annual favourite – Christmas with the Chamber Players of Canada. As well as evening concerts and Ottawa\’s only morning \”Coffee Concert\” series. The Chamber Players will launch an Ottawa first: a new \”Rush Hour\” series. The Chamber Players of Canada will present two concerts that run from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., inviting people who work downtown to avoid rush hour traffic, take in a concert, and then head home once the roads are less congested. This series is partnering with Carmello\’s Restaurant and Bar, which will be offering complementary hors d\’oeuvres to all Chamber Players of Canada ticket holders from 4:30 to 6:00 at their restaurant.
\”Our new Rush Hour series will appeal to a wide range of music lovers\” states the Chamber Players\’ artistic director Julian Armour. \”Commuters will love avoiding rush hour traffic, mingling with like minded music lovers, and then hearing a concert downtown. We have also heard that a lot of people would prefer to attend concerts earlier in the evening during the winter. This way patrons can enjoy the concert and either head home at 7:00 p.m. or go to a restaurant afterwards and enjoy a lovely meal downtown.\”
Some of Canada\’s top musicians will be participating in the 2012-2013 series. Violinist Alexandre DaCosta, last year\’s Juno winner, regularly sells out wherever he performs. Joyce El-Khoury was the star of this year\’s Opera Lyra production of La Boheme. New to Ottawa audiences is 19 year-old cellist Stéphane Tétrault, who won First Prize in the prestigious Montreal Symphony Competition at the age of 17. Tétrault recently made international headlines when he was provided with one of the greatest cellos ever made – the 1707 Countess of Stainlein, Ex-Paganini Stradivarius cello. Other musicians performing include harpist Jennifer Swartz, pianist Andrew Tunis; violinists Yehonatan Berick, and Marie Bérard; flautists Joanna G\’froerer and Camille Churchfield; clarinetist Kimball Sykes; violist Guylaine Lemaire; harpsichordist Thomas Annand; and cellists Denise Djokic, Paul Marleyn and Julian Armour.
The Chamber Players\’ popular morning \”Coffee Concert\” series is also back, offering two different concerts starting at 10:30 a.m with coffee and refreshments provided by Bridgehead and the Rockcliffe Retirement Residence, being served before each concert.
Tickets for each individual concert are $20 for adults, $10 for students and $40 for seating in a special reserved section.
Tickets are available at the door and can be purchased in advance at several area locations including CD Warehouse, Compact Music, the Leading Note, Collected Works, and the Chamber Players of Canada\’s office at 51 William Street in the Byward Market. Subscriptions and multi-concert discounts for the 2012-2013 season are available in advance and will also be available at the concert. Tickets can now be purchased through the Chamber Players of Canada\’s secure web site without a handling charge. Further information can be found on the Chamber Players\’ web site: www.chamberplayers.ca.