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An Invitation from our Music Director

Michael Zaugg, Music Director

August 2006

Dear Friends,

It seems that years have passed since I wrote my first welcome letter as Music Director of the Cantata Singers of Ottawa. But my tenure with this fine group started a mere eleven months ago. The past season was exciting for me; the choir and I developed close ties both in rehearsal and in concert.

I am very much looking forward to starting my second year, the choir's 43rd season, with exciting repertoire and the dedicated members of the Cantata Singers of Ottawa.

Our first concert, Feliz Navidad, features our much-appreciated musicians from Latin America and the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, under its Director Barbara Clark. I am sure you remember the Latin American musicians' fantastic performances in our 2005 concert, Nova Iberia. Join us for a celebration of Christmas rhythms from the Americas.

For our concert in February, Meditation and Praise, I chose choral music that gives you the opportunity to relate the music and the underlying text to existential questions of life. Works by Johann Sebastian Bach (the motet Jesu, meine Freude), the Estonian Arvo Pärt, Kurt Sander from the United States, and Peteris Plakidis of Latvia provide the material for one hour of thoughtful listening.

With An Alpine Soundscape, I am proud to present to you musicians and music from my home country of Switzerland. The second edition in our multi-year Soundscapes series also features choral music from other Alpine regions—Germany, Austria, and Italy. Our guests will be the Ottawa Valley Swiss choir, the Montagna Singers, and musicians on traditional instruments. Of course, no Alpine Soundscape would be complete without an alphorn and some yodelling!

You can also hear the Cantata Singers of Ottawa with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, under the batons of Maestro Franz-Paul Decker, Maestro Pinchas Zukerman and Maestro David Lockington. Please see our season program below for more details.

I look forward to welcoming you in the audience, and I appreciate your ongoing support for choral music and especially for the Cantata Singers of Ottawa. Our season subscriptions are available; we hope you will take advantage of the offer. I personally would be very grateful to welcome a more numerous audience appreciating the singers' efforts. Please help us by spreading our performance information and your personal experiences at our concerts.

Thank you and with my best wishes

Michael's signature

Michael Zaugg, Music Director

Tickets for Cantata Singers of Ottawa concert series

Who Before the concert At the door Season (3 concerts)
Students & seniors $13 $15 $35
All others $18 $20 $50

(GST of 6% is included in the ticket price.)

For tickets for the concerts in the choir's concert series, or for further information, please send an e-mail message to or phone the choir at 613-798-7113. You may purchase season's tickets at the door at our first concert in December.

Tickets for these concerts may also be purchased from any choir member and at the following locations as the concert draws near:

  • The Leading Note
    • 370 Elgin Street (613-569-7888)
  • Compact Music
    • 190 Bank Street (downtown) (613-233-7626)
    • 785½ Bank Street (in the Glebe) (613-233-8922)
  • CD Warehouse
    • 1383 Clyde Avenue (613-225-9027)
    • 1717 St. Laurent Boulevard (613-523-0110)
    • 499 Terry Fox Drive (613-599-4700)

Performance Schedule

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  Date Programme Location Tickets
Wednesday & Thursday, 18 & 19 October 2006, 8:00 pm
Hungarian Rhapsody
Franz-Paul Decker, conductor

The Cantata Singers of Ottawa joins forces with the NAC Orchestra and other Ottawa choirs to bring to life Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály's Psalmus Hungaricus, one of a number of works in this programme, a concert showcasing works from Hungarian composers.

National Arts Centre Orchestra
Ottawa Choral Society, Matthew Larkin, director
Boys' Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Matthew Larkin, director

More information: NAC web site
Southam Hall, National Arts Centre Contact the National Arts Centre Box Office.
Sunday, 26 November 2006, 2:00 pm
Feliz Navidad: A Latin American Christmas
Michael Zaugg, conductor
Download the poster for the December 3 concert Feliz Navidad

We started our three-concert series in Ottawa on Sunday, December 3, with Feliz Navidad, a Latin American Christmas. With this concert, we continued from our Nova Iberia performance of April 2005, where Argentinean composer Ariel Ramírez's Misa Criolla was the highlight of the concert. Feliz Navidad was a fiesta to spice up the holiday season, where we performed Ariel Ramírez's Navidad Nuestra and other works from Latin America. We were pleased to have with us Tito Medina and Amigos (the Latin American instrumentalists from our Nova Iberia concert) and the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir. If you lived near Perth, Ontario, you were able to hear the concert on Sunday, November 26.

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Tito Medina and his Amigos
Ottawa Regional Youth Choir (Ottawa performance only)

St. Paul's United Church

25 Gore Street West, Perth (map)

  Sunday, 3 December 2006, 3:00 pm

St. Timothy's Presbyterian Church

2400 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa (map)

Seniors & students: $15
All others: $20

For this concert only, a family (one or two parents and any number of children) ticket may be purchased for $50.

A set of tickets for our entire season (all three concerts) may be purchased:

Adults: $50
Seniors & students: $35

  Tuesday & Wednesday, December 19 & 20, 2006, 8:00 pm
George Frideric Handel: Messiah
David Lockington, conductor

The choir returns to the NAC to perform one of the standards: the Messiah. The choir has performed this work many times at the NAC over the years with many different conductors. Each conductor brings a different interpretation to the work, keeping the experience fresh and exciting for the choir members.

Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano
Anita Krause, mezzo-soprano
Frédéric Antoun, tenor
Gary Relyea, bass
Opera Lyra Chorus, Laurence Ewashko, director

More information: NAC web site
Southam Hall, National Arts Centre Contact the National Arts Centre Box Office.
Saturday, 3 February 2007, 8:00 pm
Meditation and Praise
Michael Zaugg, conductor
Download the poster for the February 3 concert Meditation and Praise

For the second concert in our 2006–2007 series, on Saturday, February 3, 2007, we retreated to a quieter, more reflective state. Drawing from the works of Bach, Plakidis, Sander, and Pärt, we presented Meditation and Praise, a concert of voices and strings to lighten the spirit in midwinter. Before the concert, Michael Zaugg talked about the music we would be singing. Of the concert, reviewer Richard Todd wrote in the Ottawa Citizen

The program opened with a powerful and moving account of Kurt Sander's O Gladsome Light. The Singers seemed entirely comfortable with the piece. Moreover, they and their conductor judged the church's acoustics accurately and were able to tailor their sound accordingly.

Download the concert poster... (PDF document 8.5" x 14", 3.5MB)

Knox Presbyterian Church

Lisgar Street at Elgin Street, Ottawa (map)
Seniors & students: $15
All others: $20
Sunday, 29 April 2007, 3:00 pm
An Alpine Soundscape
Michael Zaugg, conductor
Download the poster for the April 29 concert An Alpine Soundscape

On Sunday, April 29, 2007, at 3:00 pm, our audience traveled with us to Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and Germany for An Alpine Soundscape. Sharing the stage with us were alphorns and the Ottawa Valley Swiss choir, the Montagna Singers, under the leadershp of Heather Rice. Before the concert, at 2:30 pm, Michael Zaugg talked about facets of the programme.

This concert was the second in our annual Soundscape series. We inaugurated the series in May 2006 with A Canadian Soundscape, where we drew upon the sounds of Canada to paint a picture of this wonderful land. Richard Todd, in his review of that May concert in the Ottawa Citizen, said:

A perfect spring day like yesterday could hardly have had a better culmination than the Cantata Singers of Ottawa's evening concert at Christ Church Cathedral. ... It's hard to imagine anyone not enjoying the eclectic program. ... [With R. Murray Schafer's Magic Songs,] conductor Michael Zaugg led the singers in persuasive renditions of this difficult music.

Download the concert poster... (PDF document 8.5" x 14", 5.2MB)

Montagna Singers, Heather Rice, director

The Ottawa Valley Swiss choir, the Montagna Singers
Christ Church Cathedral

Sparks Street at Bronson Avenue, Ottawa (map)
Seniors & students: $15
All others: $20
Sunday, 6 May 2007, 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Fund-raising Barbecue Dinner for the Choir

Come celebrate the beginning of Spring with the choir at a barbecue dinner and a performance from our repertoire. It's a fund-raiser for the choir to help support its vision of providing wonderful and varied choral music to the City of Ottawa and surrounding region. Chat with choir members and our Music Director, Michael Zaugg.

The Clock Tower Brew Pub

575 Bank Street near the Queensway (417), Ottawa (map)
Under 7: $7
All others: $20
  Thursday & Friday, May 31 & June 1, 2007, 8:00 pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem
Pinchas Zukerman, conductor

The choir finishes its forty-third season as it joins the NAC Orchestra and other Ottawa choirs in two performances of Giuseppe Verdi's massive Requiem.

Arianna Zukerman, soprano
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano
John Mac Master, tenor
Greer Grimsley, bass
Opera Lyra Chorus, Laurence Ewashko, director
Ottawa Choral Society, Matthew Larkin, director

More information: NAC web site
Southam Hall, National Arts Centre Contact the National Arts Centre Box Office.

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