Concerts

Concerts

Twenty years of extraordinary!

Since 1994, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival has presented from among the most distinguished names in solo and ensemble performance. Today, Chamberfest is a culturally significant institution and the largest international festival of its kind.

This summer marks our 20th anniversary. To commemorate, we present our most ambitious programme of great music and world-class performers. Join us today for the birthday celebration of the 2014 artistic season.

July – August 2014

Chamber Chats @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Jul 29 @ 10:00 – 11:00 Dominion-Chalmers United Church Spoken Word
Insightful and entertaining perspectives on the past, present, and future of chamber music. Guest Harry Halbreich – musicologist
Trio Alba @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
In this noon-hour presentation, Austria’s Trio Alba performs Haydn’s Piano Trio in C Major, Hob.XV:27; the world premiere of Kelly-Marie Murphy’s Search My Heart (as [...]
Bring the Kids: Banners and Flags Craft Workshop @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Animate the Capital! Bring your kids to make fun, handcrafted banners and flags for Lemon Bucket Orkestra’s August 2 musical walking tour of the ByWard [...]
Dreamscape in Four Courses @ National Gallery of Canada Auditorium | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Jon Kimura Parker (piano), Mark Fewer (violin), Aloysia Friedmann (viola), and Afiara Quartet present works by Rebecca Clarke, Serge Arcuri, Jake Heggie, and Robert Schumann. [...]
Siskind Snapshots @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Emerging and established artists offer free, 45-minute “snapshot” performances to ticket holders of the evening’s Siskind Concert at 7:00 PM. Guests: Select chamber groups from [...]
Sondra Radvanovsky in Recital @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
One of the preeminent Verdian sopranos of her generation, opera legend Sondra Radvanovsky performs a rare and intimate recital at our second Gala of the [...]
The Campbell/Afiara Project @ St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Campbell/Afiara unites the formidable talents of internationally celebrated Canadian classical artists James Campbell (clarinet) and the Afiara Quartet with versatile guitarist, composer, and arranger Graham [...]
Chamber Chats @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Jul 30 @ 10:00 – 11:00 Dominion-Chalmers United Church Spoken Word
Insightful and entertaining perspectives on the past, present, and future of chamber music. Guest Harry Halbreich – musicologist
Mozart at Noon @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Ensemble Made in Canada performs Mozart’s sublime and masterful Divertimento for violin, viola & cello in E flat major, K. 563; and his second of [...]
Bring the Kids: Meet Mr. Mozart @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Ensemble Made in Canada uses fun-filled techniques to teach Mozart’s motifs to children. Bring the Kids! events are free and open to the public. Everyone [...]
What Makes it Great? Appalachian Spring @ National Gallery of Canada Auditorium | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Aaron Copland described the dance style of Martha Graham, his choreographer and collaborator on the ballet Appalachian Spring, as “seemingly but only seemingly simple.” The [...]
Siskind Snapshots @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Jul 30 @ 17:45 – 18:30 Dominion-Chalmers United Church Spoken Word
Emerging and established artists offer free, 45-minute “snapshot” performances to ticket holders of the evening’s Siskind Concert at 7:00 PM. Guests: Concert pianist Jon Kimura [...]
Chamberfest @20: An Anniversary Celebration @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
It’s Chamberfest’s Big Night and everyone’s invited! This epic variety-style anniversary extravaganza celebrates twenty years of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. Dozens of marquee [...]
Chamber Chats @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Jul 31 @ 10:00 – 11:00 Dominion-Chalmers United Church Spoken Word
Insightful and entertaining perspectives on the past, present, and future of chamber music. Guest Harry Halbreich – musicologist
Vanitas Vanitatum: Rome 1650 @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Time is fleeting: all is vanity and illusion! Seventeenth-century Roman composers Carissimi, Marazzoli, Rossi, and Marini were surrounded by the architectural remains of one of [...]
Bring the Kids: Rambunctious! @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Ever blow a bugle? Can you still play a scale? Then you’re in the group! Trumpeter and band leader Michael Louis Johnson (also of Lemon [...]
Mahler, Martinu, and Brahms @ National Gallery of Canada Auditorium | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Ensemble Made in Canada, with Jessica Linnebach (violin) and Aloysia Friedmann (viola), perform Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A minor, Martinu’s Piano Quartet No. 1, and [...]
Siskind Snapshots @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Jul 31 @ 17:45 – 18:30 Dominion-Chalmers United Church Spoken Word
Emerging and established artists offer free, 45-minute “snapshot” performances to ticket holders of the evening’s Siskind Concert at 7:00 PM. Guest: Meet pianist Janina Fialkowska, [...]
NYO Pre-Concert Performance @ National Arts Centre: Lobby | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Jul 31 @ 18:45 – 19:30 National Arts Centre Spoken Word Strings
Select chamber groups from the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, conducted by Stephen Sitarski, offer a free pre-concert performance in the National Arts Centre lobby. [...]
Miró Quartet with Jon Kimura Parker @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
By popular demand, the “brilliant” (Gramophone Magazine) Miró Quartet of Austin, Texas returns to Chamberfest for an unabashedly expressive performance of Haydn’s String Quartet Op. [...]
National Youth Orchestra of Canada @ National Arts Centre: Southam Hall | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Canada’s famed National Youth Orchestra takes to the stage at NAC Southam Hall to perform the Prelude to Act 1 of Wagner’s Lohengrin and Ravel’s [...]
From Dawn ‘til Dusk @ St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
150 Years of Canadian and American Song Russell Braun’s warmly focused baritone and Monica Whicher’s plangent soprano are ideal voices for this tour through a [...]
Chamber Chats @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Insightful and entertaining perspectives on the past, present, and future of chamber music. Guest Harry Halbreich – musicologist
Haydn Contrasts @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Pedja Muzijevic performs a solo recital that juxtaposes the brilliance and innovation of Haydn’s piano sonatas with the original language of American composers Crumb, Nancarrow, [...]
Lafayette String Quartet @ National Gallery of Canada Auditorium | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
The “powerful and riveting” (New York Times) Lafayette String Quartet performs Haydn’s Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 20 No. 1; Mendelssohn’s Quartet in E [...]
Siskind Snapshots @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Emerging and established artists offer free, 45-minute “snapshot” performances to ticket holders of the evening’s Siskind Concert at 7:00 PM. Guest: Award-winning percussionist Jesse Stewart [...]
An Evening with Janina Fialkowska @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Janina Fialkowska has enchanted audiences for over thirty years with her glorious lyrical sound, her sterling musicianship, and her profound sense of musical integrity. For [...]
Sounds from Space: The Voyager Golden Record Remix Project @ St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Award-winning percussionist and composer Jesse Stewart presents a multimedia project of interstellar proportions: the contemporary remix of images and sounds recorded on two golden records [...]
Chamber Chats @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Insightful and entertaining perspectives on the past, present, and future of chamber music. Guest Harry Halbreich – musicologist
I Am in Need of Music @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Suzie LeBlanc, Pedja Muzijevic, and Mark Simons perform excerpts from I Am in Need of Music, one of three legacy projects from the 2011 Elizabeth [...]
The Chooi Brothers @ National Gallery of Canada Auditorium | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Rising stars and Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank recipients Nikki and Timothy Chooi perform solo and ensemble works by Mozart, Fauré, and Sarasate with pianist [...]
Siskind Snapshots @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Emerging and established artists offer free, 45-minute “snapshot” performances to ticket holders of the evening’s Siskind Concert at 7:00 PM. Guests: Mexican artists Alejandro Escuer [...]
Lemon Bucket Orkestra Animates the Capital @ ByWard Market | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Following a week of daily busker-style performances in Ottawa’s downtown core, Klezmer/Gypsy/Punk superpartyband Lemon Bucket Orkestra leads a rollicking musical walking tour through Ottawa’s historic [...]
Tiempo Libre @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Classically trained at Cuba’s premier conservatories, the members of three-time Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre are true modern heirs to the rich musical tradition of their native [...]
Anahtar @ St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Toronto musician and composer Andrew Downing and Güç Başar Gülle from Istanbul perform from their first collaborative CD, Anahtar: a collection of Ottoman-era inspired new [...]
Canadian Guitar Quartet @ Beechwood, the National Cemetery of Canada | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
One of the world’s finest guitar ensembles, the Canadian Guitar Quartet, joins cellist Rachel Mercer to perform new works by composers Alice Ping Yee Ho [...]
Dover Quartet @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Winners of the 11th Banff International String Quartet Competition, the nuanced and impeccable Dover Quartet performs Mozart’s genial String Quartet No. 16 in E flat [...]
Siskind Snapshots @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Emerging and established artists offer free, 45-minute “snapshot” performances to ticket holders of the evening’s Siskind Concert at 7:00 PM. Guest: Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico [...]
What Makes it Great? Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 16 Op. 135 @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Months before his death and sinking in personal tragedy, Beethoven writes in the last movement of his last completed substantial work: “The difficult decision: Must [...]
Luminico @ St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Real time video, new technology, illumination, sonic diffusion, and electronica: this astonishing multidisciplinary experiment uses synesthesia to stir the senses and pierce the conscience. Luminico [...]
Chamber Chats @ École secondaire publique De La Salle | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Insightful and entertaining perspectives on the past, present, and future of chamber music. Guest Harry Halbreich – musicologist
New Music Now I @ École secondaire publique De La Salle | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Montréal’s le Nouvel ensemble moderne (NEM) celebrates its 25th anniversary at Chamberfest with a programme of vibrant compositions by Philippe Leroux and Walter Boudreau. Artists [...]
New Music Now II @ École secondaire publique De La Salle | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Canadian pianist Christina Petrowska-Quilico performs works by Patrick Cardy, Steven Gellman, and Ann Southam, and the world premiere of Constantine Caravassilis’ Faster than Time. Artists [...]
New Music Now III @ École secondaire publique De La Salle | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Gatineau’s Ensemble Prisme, collaborating with artists Alice Teichert and Hri Neil, present video-enhanced interpretations of the works of Raynald Arseneault, André Prévost, Denis Gougeon, Guillaume [...]
Siskind Snapshots @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Emerging and established artists offer free, 45-minute “snapshot” performances to ticket holders of the evening’s Siskind Concert at 7:00 PM. Guests: Guitarist Tim Brady and [...]
The Brodsky Quartet @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
London’s fearlessly original Brodsky Quartet makes its first Chamberfest appearance with a reading of Beethoven’s intensely intimate String Quartet in F minor, Op.95 (Serioso) and [...]
La Vuta: Violin beyond the Pale @ St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
“High-powered” (New York Times) violinist Lara St. John and pianist Serouj Kradjian offer up an energetic late-night performance of traditional eastern European folk music. Artists [...]
Chamber Chats @ École secondaire publique De La Salle | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Insightful and entertaining perspectives on the past, present, and future of chamber music. Guest Harry Halbreich – musicologist
New Music Now IV @ École secondaire publique De La Salle | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
The “provocative, brilliant, relevant” (Calgary Herald) Land’s End Ensemble performs contemporary Canadian and international works, including Salvatore Sciarrino’s Piano Trio No. 2 (1987), Jordan Nobles’ [...]
New Music Now V @ École secondaire publique De La Salle | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Tim Brady performs 24 Frames for video and electric guitar, his second major collaboration with Montréal video artist Martin Messier. Artists Gary Kulesha – commentator [...]
New Music Now VI @ École secondaire publique De La Salle | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Susan Hoeppner (flute), Gordon Wolfe (trombone), David Thies-Thompson (viola), and the Gryphon Trio profile the selected works of Gary Kulesha, one of Canada’s most active [...]
Siskind Snapshots @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Emerging and established artists offer free, 45-minute “snapshot” performances to ticket holders of the evening’s Siskind Concert at 7:00 PM. Guests: Ottawa-born countertenor Matthew White [...]
Il Trionfo del Tempo: Handel's First Oratorio @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Published by the young Handel in 1707 at the peak of his inspiration, this landmark chamber opera tells of a soul tempted by pleasure and [...]
Shuffle @ St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
And now for something completely different: a live performance, MP3 “shuffle” style! Audience members choose from a concert menu and this New York-based ensemble plays [...]
The Bach Summit I @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Ensemble Caprice presents the complete chamber music of J.S. Bach: 16 works for two or three musicians, performed in four concerts over two days. These [...]
Bach Bits and Bites @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Stick around between Bach Summit performances: soprano and early music specialist Ann Monoyios gives a 20-minute talk on Bach’s life, times, and influences. Included with [...]
The Bach Summit II @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Ensemble Caprice presents the complete chamber music of J.S. Bach: 16 works for two or three musicians, performed in four concerts over two days. These [...]
What Makes it Great? Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
NOTE: Our promotional literature incorrectly lists this concert at the National Gallery of Canada. Without question, Bach’s music is the most complicated to have ever [...]
Siskind Snapshots @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Emerging and established artists offer free, 45-minute “snapshot” performances to ticket holders of the evening’s Siskind Concert at 7:00 PM. Guests: Soprano comedienne Mary Lou [...]
Gryphon Trio in Concert @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Canada’s two-time JUNO Award-winning piano trio performs Tchaikovsky’s chamber music masterpiece, Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50. Also featured in tonight’s programme: the Ottawa [...]
Primadonna Does Shakespeare @ St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
The fabulousest, Canadianest diva of them all, soprano comedienne Mary Lou Fallis, and her partner in crime, Peter Tiefenbach, deliver a more-or-less live tribute to [...]
The Bach Summit III @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Ensemble Caprice presents the complete chamber music of J.S. Bach: 16 works for two or three musicians, performed in four concerts over two days. These [...]
Bach Bits and Bites @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Stick around between Bach Summit performances: soprano and early music specialist Ann Monoyios gives a 20-minute talk on Bach’s life, times, and influences. Included with [...]
The Bach Summit IV @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
Ensemble Caprice presents the complete chamber music of J.S. Bach: 16 works for two or three musicians, performed in four concerts over two days. These [...]
Cheng² Duo: Around the World @ National Gallery of Canada Auditorium | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
The abundantly gifted Bryan (cello) and Silvie Cheng (piano) take us on a whirlwind musical tour of the Americas, Europe, and the Far East. Included [...]
Closing Night: The Brandenburg Concertos @ Dominion-Chalmers United Church | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
How better to conclude our 20th anniversary celebration than with the most famous concerti of the Baroque? This ground-breaking interpretation by Ensemble Caprice intersperses Shostakovich’s [...]