Event Date: Jul 22, 2021 - Aug 4, 2021
Location: Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre 355 Cooper St + Virtual
The Chamberfest 2021 lineup is packed with music and culture from around the world, including artists like Lara St. John, Simon Trpčeski, John Kofi Dapaah, Carson Becke, JUNO winners The Fretless and OKAN, and more.
Canada’s greatest chamber artists are at the forefront at Chamberfest’s summer festival celebrating the art of the small ensemble. Ottawa’s internationally acclaimed chamber music festival takes place July 22 – August 4 as a hybrid of virtual and in-person programming.
Chamberfest’s latest series of concert announcements includes the much-loved Chamberfringe, the Beechwood Series, the newly-created Live from… Series, and a special Chamber Chats: Festival Edition, with exclusive access for passholders. The festival will also expand its local partnerships this summer, with series at Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa and Wellington’s legendary Record Centre. These events add to the impressive set of Marina Kun and Bytek Signature Series concerts launched in May, which included concerts by Gryphon Trio, Isabelle Bayrakdarian, Jens Lindemann, and more.
The organization is currently working alongside other Ontario presenters to gain more clarity on provincial COVID-19 health regulations and how they will impact live music through the summer. Chamberfest is committed to doing its part to keep our community safe.
Bytek Signature Series: Collaborative and creative, these sumptuous original programs span from baroque to contemporary, spotlighting evocative vocals and exhilarating strings along the way. Presented by Ottawa’s Bytek Volkswagen at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre.
Marina Kun Series: This year’s series celebrates Canada’s world-class standard in chamber performance, featuring core string ensembles, duo piano, and opera amidst folk and jazz influences. Thanks to the generosity of Marina Kun (of Ottawa-based and internationally-loved Kun Shoulder Rests), these concerts take place at Carleton Dominion Chalmers Centre.
Chamberfringe Series: Late-night concerts cross genres and art forms, pushing the boundaries of chamber music into Afro-Cuban influences, seaside folk and bluegrass, game shows, and more.
Beechwood Series: Concerts and excursions are immersed in Beechwood’s history and beauty, from its beloved sanctuary to the expansive grounds.
Steinway Series: Celebrate the piano, both in recital and unique duet, at the home of our longtime partners, Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa. In-person, open-air opportunities will be announced closer to the festival.
The Record Centre Series: Eclectic programming resonates against a backdrop of vinyl, vintage speakers, and reel-to-reel at legendary music destination and beloved Wellington staple, The Record Centre. Here, artists are at play: exploring and expanding their creativity in this casual space.
Live From… Series: Fourteen-day Chamberfest 2021 passholders can exclusively enjoy musical experiences – from full-length concerts to bite-sized adventures – featuring Chamberfriends in Berlin, Paris, New York City, and North Macedonia. Including Hinrich Alpers, Quatuor Danel, Rob Kapilow, Lara St. John, and Simon Trpčeski.
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