Mon Aug 1 13:30

New Music Now

New Music Now I: Hatch Ensemble (1:30pm)

HATCH is a summer-intensive mentorship program for early-career composers, conductors, and performers offered by Continuum Contemporary Music. This performance features new compositions written and performed by the young artists selected for this program.

Carly Toperosky Splett | фенікс cycle
Yon Chekhanovich | at the fissures
Paolo Griffin | An Idea of Togetherness
Anthony Tan | On the Sensations of Tone #1
Linda Caitlin Smith | Morning Glory

New Music Now II: Ritual (3:00pm)

New Music Now: Ritual features performances of new works – hot off the presses – by Daniel Mehdizadeh, Edward Enman, and Ottawa’s own Kelly-Marie Murphy and John Armstrong.  Enjoy the fresh sounds of percussion, voice, harp, and piano by some of Canada’s finest collaborators.

Daniel Mehdizadeh | Ritual
Edward Enman | That Star is Awake
Kelly-Marie Murphy | All My Love, Ethel
I. February 17, 1951 — II. Beloved — III. February 9, 1953 – Dear Manny — IV. June 19, 1953 – I am Ready
John Armstrong | and one thing leads to another (world premiere)*
I. first thoughts — II. the devil in the details — III. nightmusic — IV. the dark before the light — V. music for morning

New Music Now III: Nature Alive (4:30pm)

New Music Now: Nature Alive features two world-premieres! Commissioned by New Art New Media, soprano/pianist Rachel Fenlon will perform a song cycle for self-accompanied soprano, piano, and live electronics, which expresses a deep love of nature in light of the tragedy and inevitability of climate change.  Simon Bourget, composer and horn player in the Orchestre Métropolitain, has composed a new Horn Trio for his friend Louis-Pierre Bergeron, written in response to Brahms’ famed work.

Matthias McIntire | Sing Nature Alive From My Insides
Simon Bourget | “Trio Tragique” Pour Violon, Cor et Piano
I. Légende — II. Valse Burlesque — III. Idylle — IV. Gallop Funèbre

*Commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts

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Carissa Klopoushak currently performs on the beautiful Maggini model 1851 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin, generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.

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Festival 2022

Sunrise Concerts

Concerts immersed in Beechwood’s history and beauty, from its beloved sanctuary to the expansive grounds, complemented by the serene hours of the early morning.

These performances are outdoors. You will need to bring your own seating and weather protection if desired.

Sunrise Concerts are made possible with the generous support of Beechwood Cemetery.

New Music Now

New Music Now is a celebration of the breadth and vitality of today’s new classical culture. Explore the sonic range of today’s most creative musical minds at Chamberfest’s annual miniseries.

Chamber Chats: Festival Edition

Hosted by broadcaster Eric Friesen, Chamber Chats: Festival Edition features interactive interviews with festival musicians both online and in person.In-person attendance for Chamber Chats is available for passholders only! You will be asked to show your pass before entering this event.

The online Zoom events are free and open to the public. 

Beechwood Series

Concerts and excursions are immersed in Beechwood’s history and beauty, from its beloved sanctuary to the expansive grounds.

Many of these performances are outdoors. You may need to bring your own seating and weather protection if desired.

The Beechwood Series is made possible with the generous support of Beechwood Cemetery.

Steinway Series

Celebrate the piano at the home of our longtime partners, Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa.

The Steinway Series is made possible with the generous support of the Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa.

Bring the Kids
Chamberfest’s visiting artists give fun, family-friendly, and interactive performances that teach young people about music-making in small ensembles. Kids can experience and explore the storied world of chamber music at our summer music festival. Free admission. These performances usually take place at Ottawa City Hall and are intended for kids (and guardians!) of all ages.
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.

Seating will not be available.

Livestream Content

This summer, our hybrid festival features a rich offering of online content broadcast live from Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre in Ottawa.

CEE: Community Engagement and Education

Chamberfest’s Community Engagement and Education pillar (CEE) engages community members of all ages through a diverse range of meaningful music experiences. Whether on stage, online, or on the streets, CEE changes lives through music.

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