Chamber Chats: At Home, Chez vous with host Eric Friesen

Every other Thursday at 2pm ET on Zoom – FREE

Chamber Chats: At Home, Chez vous, hosted by celebrated broadcaster/writer Eric Friesen, was developed as a way to stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking place every other Thursday at 2pm ET, these 45-minute interactive episodes combine conversation with pre-recorded and live performances featuring guest artists and lecturers from all over the world. They provide artists with an opportunity to engage with audiences from the sanctuary of each performer and viewer’s individual homes. They also provide a vital means by which the Chamberfest community can support artists during this extended period of lost performance revenues.

Thursday, June 16

Eric Friesen welcomes mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb

Coming to Chamberfest 2022 this summer: the Tunisian-Canadian mezzo- soprano Rihab Chaeb. This is what the critics are saying about Rihab: “Her smoky, beguiling mezzo was poised and pliant, and she cut an exotic, authoritative figure” (Opera Today). Rihab was born in Tunisia and grew up in Montreal, studying voice at McGill University, the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program. Already she has sung major roles for opera companies from the COC in Toronto, the Met in New York, and the opera companies of Washington, D.C., Houston, Cologne and many others, as well as numerous singing roles with major orchestras worldwide. She will join us from Toronto where she is singing in the TSO’s presentation of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.


Chamber Chats: At Home, Chez vous supports Ottawa Chamberfest’s vision of changing lives through music. Please help us to build this program and support artists with your donation today.

Chamber Chats are sponsored by Sparks Auctions and WPBS-TV.

The chat … was very interesting and intimate. I have never had a chance to socially interact with musicians of this level and it was special to ask questions and get to know these talented people a little. It gave me a deeper appreciation for their music and influences. Thank you for this and I will definitely participate in more chats, and, encourage my friends and family to do so as well.

– Sharon H.

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