Sat Jul 27 19:00

Ottawa Bach Choir: Flights of Angels

Lovers of motets and part-songs are in for a treat! Founded in 2002 by Dr. Lisette Canton, the Juno Award-winning Ottawa Bach Choir (OBC) will grace the stage with a programme created just for Chamberfest featuring motets by Johann Sebastian Bach and Anton Bruckner (in honour of his 200th birthday), plus works by Isabella Leonarda, Clara Schumann, Monteverdi, Purcell, Pärt, and Taverner. Don’t miss this expert performance of beloved repertoire delivered with OBC’s signature “…bright, clear, and transparent sound, springy feel for rhythm, beautifully shaded dynamics, and exemplary diction…” (Steve Smith, NY Times)


Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643)
Cantate Domino, SV 293

C. Monteverdi
Adoramus Te, Christe, SV 289

Isabella Leonarda (1620 – 1704)
Alma Redemptoris Mater

Heinrich Schütz (1585 – 1672)
Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, SWV 426

Johann Michael Bach (1648 – 1694)
Halt was du hast

Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)
Hear my prayer, O Lord, Z. 15

Anton Bruckner (1824 – 1896)
Locus Iste

A. Bruckner
Os justi

A. Bruckner
Christus factus est

Clara Schumann (1819 – 1896)
Abendfeier in Venedig

Orlande de Lassus (c. 1530 – 1594)
La nuit froide et sombre

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921)
Calme des nuits

Rupert Lang (b. 1948)
Agneau de Dieu

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
The Deer’s Cry

John Tavener (1944 – 2013)
Song for Athene

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Lobet den Herrn, BWV 230

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