City Series

12-1pm ET at Ottawa City Hall — FREE

This spring, enjoy the return of Chamberfest’s free City Series concerts at Ottawa City Hall. These diverse concerts feature tangos by Piazzolla, impressionist works by Debussy, new works, and well-loved romantic classics. Chamberfest’s City Series showcases emerging and young professional performers with ties to the National Capital Region.

Tuesday, April 12

The University of Ottawa School of Music Students

The University of Ottawa is proud to present soloists and ensemble musicians currently enrolled in the University’s highly-acclaimed School of Music. Brimming with talent, passion, and technique from their rigorous training at school, do not miss this opportunity to hear the future of Ottawa’s classical music community take on works from Schumann and Debussy to Takemitsu and Estacio.

Jisu Yeum | piano
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) | Variations on the name “Abegg”

Keren Xu, Kira Shiner, Jiangtao (David) Yang, Nadia Ingalls, Sophie Shah | woodwind quintet
John Estacio (b. 1966) | Sinfonietta for Woodwind Quintet

Stephen Eckert | piano
Tōru Takemitsu (1930 – 1996) | Rain Tree Sketch II

Sam Nadurak, Sasha Moroz, Liana Fonseca, Emily Kistemaker | string quartet
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918) | String Quartet in G Minor

Rhys Carrière-Webster | piano
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937) | “Ondine” from Gaspard de la Nuit


Tuesday, April 19

Lara Deutsch & Adam Cicchillitti

After discovering a mutual love for the music of Piazolla, Adam and Lara began performing together and quickly developed a natural onstage charisma and camaraderie. Established as individual artists on the lablels Analekta and Leaf Music with many of their own accolades and awards, the duo is looking forward to recording their debut album in 2022. You may recognize them from Chamberfest’s Chamberpints series as well as being part of the National Arts Centre’s #CanadaPerforms initiative. Lara performs on a 14k gold Haynes flute, generously loaned by Canimex Inc. of Drummondville, Québec.

Lara Deutsch | flute
Adam Cicchillitti | guitar

Program to include:

Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945) | Romanian Dances

Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992) | Histoire du Tango

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849) | Selected mazurka

Gabriela Ortiz (b. 1964) | 5pa2 for flute and guitar

Jason Noble | Folk Suite


Tuesday, April 26

Luxe Duo

Brandon and Dian Wilkie met as high school students as members of the Deep River Symphony Orchestra. Both went on to graduate from the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto with degrees in music and formed Luxe Duo in 2010. The Duo is praised for their expressive playing and effortless on-stage communication, the result of their long-time collaboration. Their ever-expanding repertoire ranges from classical cello and piano pieces to contemporary popular music. Brandon and Dian currently live in Ottawa with their two children.

Brandon Wilkie | cello
Dian Wilkie | piano

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849) | Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-flat major, Op. 20

Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) | Lieder ohne Worte [Song Without Words], Op. 19 No. 1

Enrique Granados (1867 – 1916) | Intermezzo from “Goyescas”

Antonin Dvorak (1841 – 1904) | Silent Woods (Klid), for cello & orchestra, B. 182 (Op. 68/5) (arr. from From the Bohemian Forest, B. 133)

Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924) | Papillon, Op. 77

Niccolò Paganini (1782 – 1840) | Variations on a Theme by Rossini

Camille Saint-Saens (1835 – 1921) | Le cygne [The Swan]

David Popper (1843 – 1913) | Tarantella, Op. 33


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