Fri Jul 28 19:00

Wallis Giunta & Friends

Back from Vienna, Chamberfest is delighted to welcome home one of Ottawa’s own international superstars, Wallis Giunta. About the program, Giunta says that “there’s an electricity that runs through [it] – a vibration, a kind of current. The Ravel is incandescent, the Chausson erupts in bolts of passion, the Mazzoli sparks and shimmers, the Bernstein lights the room on fire, and the Berio is charged with a palpable energy, building to a lightning fast finale. We take a tour of a great variety of vocal and instrumental chamber music, spanning the late romantic period to the past decade, with different constellations of players illuminating the myriad possibilities within the genre.” 

Moving from Maurice Ravel’s Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé to Leonard Bernstein to Luciano Berio’s folk song arrangements and more, mezzo-soprano Giunta will be accompanied by a chamber ensemble brought together specially for her festival performance. With a “delectably rich, silver-toned mezzo-soprano” (Opera News Magazine) “sparkl[ing] with vitality and musical humor” (Texas Classical Review), anything critically acclaimed Wallis does is sure to please. Add music monsters like pianist Hinrich Alpers to the mix and a great time is guaranteed for the audience and the performers alike! Catch Wallis now before she takes off on her next global adventure, with her debut at Carnegie Hall just around the corner in 2024.


Maurice Ravel (1875–1937): Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé
I. Soupir
II. Placet futile
III. Surgi de la croupe et du bond

Ernest Chausson (1855–1899): Chanson perpétuelle, Op. 37

Missy Mazzoli (b. 1980): Death Valley Junction

Missy Mazzoli: Strange Dreams


Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990): Conch Town

Luciano Berio (1925–2003): Folk Songs
I. Black is the Colour
II. I Wonder as I Wander
III. Loosin Yelav
IV. Rossignolet du bois
V. A la femminisca
VI. La donna ideale
VII. Ballo
VIII. Motettu de tristura
IX. Malorous qu’o uno fenno
X. Lo Fiolaire 
XI. Azerbaidjan Love Song

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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

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.

Marina Kun Series

This series celebrates Canada’s world-class standard in chamber performance, featuring core string ensembles, solo piano, brass and vocal ensembles, and more! Taking place at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, these concerts are generously supported by Marina Kun (of Ottawa-based and internationally loved Kun Shoulder Rests).

Chamber Chats: Festival Edition

Our Chamber Chats: Festival Edition features interactive interviews with festival musicians both online and in person.

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

Fourteen-day Chamberfest 2021 passholders can exclusively enjoy musical experiences – from full-length concerts to bite-sized adventures – featuring Chamberfriends in Berlin, Paris, New York City, and North Macedonia. Including Hinrich Alpers, Quatuor Danel, Rob Kapilow, Lara St. John, and Simon Trpčeski.

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
Showcasing seasoned professionals and fresh faces to the scene, Chamberfest’s new series offers a refreshing midday escape at stunning local venues.
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 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 festival offers a rich selection 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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