Thu Aug 3 19:00

Chamberfest 2023 Closing Night Mashup

Chamberfest 2023 is closing with a bang, Chamberfest style! We’re rounding up some of the world’s finest chamber musicians for a mashup concert, featuring performances by star-studded Chamberfest Artists-in-Residence Lauren Anker, Bryan Cheng, Philip Chiu, Chamberfest Artistic Director Carissa Klopoushak, Emily Kruspe, Sean Rice, and special guest violist Nadia Sirota. This collaborative event features chamber music favourites, new music, and music from around the world in a program celebrating the old and new, expressed in the spirit of fresh observation and collaboration. 

The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.

– Paul Cezanne (attributed)

The concert opens with Gabriella Smith’s “Carrot Revolution,” an electric work introduced to Chamberfest by celebrated violist and cultural tastemaker Nadia Sirota. Named for the (attributed) Cezanne quote, the piece is a patchwork of Smith’s wildly contrasting influences and full of weird, unexpected juxtapositions and intersecting planes of sound, inspired by old works in new contexts and drawing connections between things seemingly unrelated.

The evening then takes a folk turn with an exclusive acoustic set of Balaklava Blues’ inimitable “hyper-folk-noir,” exploring Mark and Marichka’s first-hand experiences of revolution and war in Ukraine (in new arrangements with string quartet co-commissioned by Chamberfest.)

We close the first half of the program with Dohnanyi’s last chamber work: the epic yet overlooked and underperformed Sextet in C major. Featuring the unusual combination of clarinet, horn, piano, violin, viola and cello, the sextet opens with a heroic horn theme. While the first and second movements favour the dark and tumultuous, the third features a lighter, Brahmsian theme and variations introduced by the clarinet. This flows directly into the Finale, which has been described as sounding “like an inebriated Viennese hotel band’s haphazard attempt to render Gershwin.” You’ll hear 1930s’ European jazz influences injected with lopsided Viennese waltzes, and a cabaret-type coda combining all of this with the opening heroic theme.

After intermission, we will enter full-on party mode with a set of from Chamberfest favourites, Toronto’s original guerrilla-folk party-punk massive Lemon Bucket Orkestra.

This concert will revolutionize what chamber music was, is, and can be. Let the magic and energy of this once-in-a-lifetime performance capture you on this special night – the final concert of Chamberfest 2023. 


Gabriella Smith (b. 1991) Carrot Revolution for string quartet

Balaklava Blues
I. you shoot me
II. broken
III. shelter our sky
IV. let me out

Arranged for Balaklava Blues and string quartet by Drew Jurecka.

Ernő Dohnányi (1877-1960)
Sextet in C major for piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, and horn, Op. 37
I. Allegro appassionata
II. Intermezzo. Adagio
III. Allegro con sentimento
IV. Finale. Allegro vivace, giocoso


Lemon Bucket Orkestra A set of from Toronto’s original guerrilla-folk party-punk massive

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Presented with the support of Nelligan Law.

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Experience five spectacular programs on our Signature Series, featuring large-scale collaborations between world-renowned musicians at Ottawa’s Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre. The 2024 Signature Series is generously sponsored by Bytek Volkswagen & Carling Volvo.



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

The New Music Now series 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. Join us on Monday, August 5 for multiple events in a variety of spaces within Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, all accessible with the New Music Now: All-NMN Event Pass.

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Marina Kun Series

This series celebrates Canada’s world-class standard in chamber performance, featuring string and piano ensembles, choirs, baroque music, singers, dancers, and a bit of jazz. This series also hosts Chamberfest’s 30ᵗʰ Anniversary Celebration on closing night! Taking place at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, these concerts are generously supported by Marina Kun (of Ottawa-based and internationally loved Kun Shoulder Rests).

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Chamberfringe Series

Our late-night Chamberfringe concerts cross genres and art forms, pushing the boundaries of chamber music with daring and electric performances. Offering everything from lively Arabic jazz to Middle Eastern-Metal fusion, Indigenous beats, and ambient chamber-electronica to Yiddish folk song, or a full-on Ukrainian-Celtic-Arab mashup, there’s always something fresh to check out!

Our Chamberfringe shows take place at La Nouvelle Scène, Club SAW, and The Gladstone Theatre, providing a more casual setting where audiences can enjoy beverages and immerse themselves in the buzzing late-night atmosphere.

Live From… Series

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The Live From… series is digital-only content, part of your Festival Livestream Pass and available in the Livestream Library until August 6. Single ticket access to Hinrich Alpers Live from Hanover and Quatuor Danel Live from Antwerp will be available in July, with the generous support of the Embassy of Germany and the Embassy of France. All digital content from Simon Trpčeski, Rob Kapilow, and Lara St. John is exclusive for Festival Livestream Passholders.

Midday Matinées
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Beechwood Series

Held within Ottawa’s historic and beautiful Beechwood Cemetery, the Beechwood Series features performances that lend themselves to reflection and contemplation, both in its beloved Sacred Space and on the expansive grounds. 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.

Outdoor Concerts

Get out into the open air with various festival performers for al fresco concerts in downtown Ottawa.

These performances are outdoors. Seating will be limited, and you may need to bring your own weather protection if desired.

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 or the National Arts Centre (Glass Thorstenson Staircase) 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.

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

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