Ottawa Chamberfest launches 2019-20 Concert Series featuring Blake Pouliot and Karina Gauvin; Tallis Scholars and Steven Isserlis

Ottawa Chamberfest will celebrate Canada’s newest and brightest stars at its 2019-20 Concert Series. The lineup’s slew of JUNO winners and nominees includes violinists Martin Beaver (formerly Tokyo String Quartet) and Blake Pouliot, soprano Karina Gauvin, and pianists Angela Hewitt and Charles Richard-Hamelin.

The season also features British master cellist Steven Isserlis, and renowned international ensembles the Miró Quartet (United States) and Tallis Scholars (United Kingdom).

Tickets go on sale July 21, and will be available: in person at the summer festival, online, by phone at 613-234-6306, or at the Chamberfest box office at 201-4 Florence St. (Bank and Florence).

2019-20 Chamberfest Concert Series

Miró Quartet
Tuesday October 1 2019
7:30PM
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
Advance tickets: $52 (A) $41 (B) $30 (C)
The much-loved Miró Quartet returns to launch our 2019-20 Concert Series. This festival favourite brings an “animated and imaginative” (Gramophone) take to quartets including Mozart’s witty “Hunt,” Schumann’s poetic first in A minor, and Bartók’s defining No. 5, inspired by Eastern-European folk dances.

Pacific Baroque Orchestra with Karina Gauvin
Friday October 25 2019
7:30PM
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
Advance tickets: $52 (A) $41 (B) $30 (C)
Fall under the spell of baroque beauty, voiced by the “passionate intensity and uncommon understanding” of soprano Karina Gauvin (CBC Music). Vancouver’s twenty-strong Pacific Baroque Orchestra delivers the drama and passion of Handel, opening and closing with his beloved secular cantatas, Agrippina condotto a morire and Armida abbandonata.

Angela Hewitt: Bach Odyssey X
Monday November 4 2019
7:30PM
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
Advance tickets: $60 (A) $55 (B) $40 (C)
Don’t miss a moment of the final season of Angela Hewitt’s Bach Odyssey. Tonight, Hewitt continues with the fourth, fifth, and sixth English Suites, and the rarely performed Sonata in D major.

Octagon Ensemble
Sunday November 24 2019
7:30PM
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
Advance tickets: $52 (A) $41 (B) $30 (C)
An all-star cast of Canadian chamber musicians perform Beethoven, Strauss, and the world premiere of Canadian composer Kevin Lau’s A Drop of Light. The Octagon Ensemble features violinists Martin Beaver and Mark Fewer, violist Rivka Golani, cellist Rachel Mercer, bassist Joel Quarrington, horn player Ken MacDonald, bassoonist Kathleen McLean, and clarinetist James Campbell.

Tallis Scholars
Monday December 9 2019
7:30PM
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
Advance tickets: $52 (A) $41 (B) $30 (C)
One of the UK’s “greatest cultural exports” (BBC) returns to Ottawa. Led by founding director Peter Phillips, the Tallis Scholars present Reflections – a capella vocal music from the renaissance period to 20th century Paris, as far apart as England and Mexico.

Philippe Sly: Winterreise
Monday January 20 2020
7:30PM
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
Advance tickets: $52 (A) $41 (B) $30 (C)
A broken, lonely man journeys into the cold of winter. With a “beautiful, blooming tone and magnetic stage presence” (San Francisco Chronicle) bass-baritone Philippe Sly and his klezmer ensemble brilliantly reimagine and stage Schubert’s genre-defining song cycle Winterreise.

Charles Richard-Hamelin with Apollon Musagète Quartet
Monday February 3 2020
7:30PM
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
Advance tickets: $52 (A) $41 (B) $30 (C)
Poland’s dynamic and charismatic Apollon Musagète Quartet makes its Ottawa debut with works by Haydn and Penderecki, joining forces with Charles Richard-Hamelin for Dvořák’s masterwork, the Piano Quintet in A major. “Immensely sophisticated and daring” (The Globe and Mail), pianist Richard-Hamelin is a must-hear each time he takes the Chamberfest stage.

Blake Pouliot, violin
Tuesday February 25 2020
7:30PM
National Gallery of Canada
Advance tickets: $52 (A) $41 (B) $30 (C)
“Clearly. Absolutely. Undoubtedly virtuoso” (La Presse). Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot has been featured with the Montreal, National Arts Centre and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, and broadcasted nationally by CBC Music and the JUNO Awards. Pouliot and pianist Hsin-I Huang perform violin favorites from Mozart to Ravel and Prokofiev.

Angela Hewitt: Bach Odyssey XI
Wednesday March 11 2020
7:30PM
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
Advance tickets: $60 (A) $55 (B) $40 (C)
In Bach’s own words, his Italian Concerto in F major was composed “for lovers of music, for their enjoyment.” Don’t miss the penultimate concert in Angela Hewitt’s epic four-year Bach Odyssey series.

Steven Isserlis, cello
Friday April 17 2020
7:30PM
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
Advance tickets: $52 (A) $41 (B) $30 (C)
“He consistently finds the joy in the music and draws it out with exuberance. He caresses the tenderness. He spots the jokes” (Hyde Park Herald). Acclaimed worldwide for his profound and masterful musicianship, British cellist Steven Isserlis gives a rare Ottawa performance, with Canadian pianist Connie Shih.

Musical partnerships in May
Two late-spring musical celebrations with Chamberfest: Choral Canada’s National Youth Choir of Canada and Yosuke Kawasaki leads the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Can be included in Chamberfest Concert Series subscriptions.

National Youth Choir of Canada
Tuesday May 12 2020
7:30PM
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
Advance tickets: $52 (A) $41 (B) $30 (C)

An Evening Curated by Yosuke Kawasaki
Friday May 29 2020
7:30PM
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
Advance tickets: $52 (A) $41 (B) $30 (C)

» More information: chamberfest.com

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