Tue Aug 6 19:00

Echo Chamber: A World Transformed

“A World Transformed” shares the story of Matthew Shepard, a young man from Laramie, Wyoming who was killed because of his sexuality. His death was pivotal to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, sparking global action and change. Echo Chamber brings this story to life through contemporary dance and chamber music, choreographed by acclaimed Canadian dance makers William Yong and Laurence Lemieux, and featuring tenor Marcel d’Entremont, mezzo-soprano Andrea Ludwig, pianists Dakota Scott-Digout and Jeanie Chung, violinist Aaron Schwebel, and dancers Laurence Lemieux and Zachary Cardwell. This immersive Echo Chamber performance presents a daring and ultimately touching combination of music and dance as one integrated expression. Sharing both deep grief and a hopeful belief in the power of individuals to bring about positive change in the world, “A World Transformed” spans centuries and genres, from Dido’s Lament to Reflection from Disney’s Mulan.


Edvard Grieg (1843 – 1907)
An den Frühling, from Lyriske stykker, Op. 43

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
Let Beauty Awake, from Songs of Travel

Jean Coulthard (1908 – 2000)
Innocence, from Six Irish Songs for Maureen

Roger Quilter (1877 – 1953)
3 Songs, Op. 3, No.1: Love’s Philosophy

Matthew Wilder (b. 1953) & David Zippel (b. 1954)
(arr. M. d’Entremont)

Jake Heggie (b. 1961)
Facing Forward, from Facing Forward / Looking Back

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)
June, from The Seasons, Op. 37a

(arr. B. Britten)
The Last Rose of Summer

Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)
Now the leaves are falling fast, from On This Island, Op. 11

Samuel Barber (1910 – 1981)
Three Songs, Op. 10, No. 3: I hear an army

Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)
When I am laid in earth, from Dido and Aeneas, Z626

B. Britten
I have trod the upward and the downward slope, from Songs of Travel


Stephen Reynolds (b. 1947)
Chanson d’Automne

Norbert Palej (b. 1977)
Dark Lullaby, from The Poet and the War

R. Quilter
Come Back!, from Two Songs

Phyllis Batchelor (1915 – 1999)

Leslie Adams (b. 1932)
For You There Is No Song

Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)
Leiermann/Täuschung aus “Die Winterreise”, von Franz Schubert

Joni Mitchell (b. 1943)
(arr. S. Hsu)
Both Sides Now

John Lennon (1940 – 1980) and Paul McCartney (b. 1942)
(arr. B. Finley)

Shirley Eikhard (1955 – 2022)
(arr. M. d’Entremont)
It Takes Time

Frank Wildhorn (b. 1958)
If I had my way

Paul Simon (b. 1941)
(arr. D. Scott-Digout)
Bridge Over Troubled Water

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Our Chamber Chats: Festival Edition features interactive interviews with festival musicians in person at Woodside hall.

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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

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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.

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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.

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.

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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