U.K. classical mainstay Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble to make long-awaited return to Ottawa

Rotating London-based chamber group with 50-year history performs Tues., Oct. 2

St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Praised as “just about beyond criticism” by the Times of London, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble at last returns to Ottawa after several years. This will be their first Ottawa performance led by celebrated German-Japanese violinist Tomo Keller, who took the reins in 2015.

The ensemble will play a varied programme, including a rare performance of Schubert’s Octet for string and winds.

Fresh off their celebrations of their own 50th anniversary, the Chamber Ensemble is a smaller-forces offshoot formed of leading musicians from the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra. The orchestra, now with violinist Joshua Bell at the helm, marks its diamond anniversary this year.

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble’s performance opens the 2018-19 Chamberfest Concert Series. Tickets are available online at chamberfest.com, by phone at 613-234-6306, or in person at 4 Florence St., Suite 201.

When:                                           
7:30 p.m., Tues. Oct. 2

Where:
Dominion-Chalmers
355 Cooper St. (O’Connor and Cooper)

What:
Nielsen: Serenato in vano, for clarinet, bassoon, horn, cello and double bass, FS.68
Françaix: Octet for clarinet, bassoon, horn, two violins, viola, cello, and bass
Schubert: Octet in F, for clarinet, bassoon, horn, two violins, viola, cello, and bass, Op. 166, D. 803

Who:
Tomo Keller, violin and leader
Harvey De Souza, violin
Robert Smissen, viola
Stephen Orton, cello
Lynda Houghton, double bass
James Burke, clarinet
Julie Price, bassoon
Stephen Stirling, horn

Ottawa Chamberfest

More details at chamberfest.com.

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.

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