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52nd Season Concerts and Events


Invitation from our Music Director:

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CSO Productions:

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Rachmaninoff Vespers by Candlelight

Saturday 24 October 2015

To mark the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Rachmaninoff's stunning choral masterwork, the Vespers (All-night vigil) join the Cantata Singers for a memorable complete performance. The concert will also feature works for evening by Arvo Pärt, Gustav Holst, and Jonathan Dove.

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Miserere Mei, Lenten Masterworks

Sunday 13 March 2016

Featuring the North American Premiere of John Duggan’s Lamentations and a new edition of the Allegri Miserere. Includes a pre-concert talk on the history and mystery of the Allegri Miserere.

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A musical bouquet for Tulip-tide

Sunday 15 May 2016

A fascinating collection of works takes us on a floral journey from the Elizabethan madrigal to contemporary Canada.

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CSO Guest Appearances:

Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio (cancelled)

Monday 09 November 2015

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A Little Night Music

Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November 2015

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Handel's Messiah

Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 December 2015

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Tears and Joy

Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 February 2016

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Past Production Seasons

We've kept a list of productions from several past years.

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If you're interested in even more detail, the full text of many of the programs for past seasons can be found >>here.

Invitation from our Music Director

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August 2015

Dear Friends of the Cantata Singers of Ottawa,

I am looking forward to meeting you during our 52nd season, a season full of magnificent music for all tastes.

Our own series starts in October with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Rachmaninoff's Vespers (All-Night Vigil Op 37). This candlelit performance will be introduced by three beautiful short works by Gustav Holst, Arvo Pärt and Jonathan Dove, and will offer a unique musical experience for you, your friends and family.

In March, we will present some of the musical masterpieces written for the season of Lent. Works include the North American première of John Duggan's Lamentations and a work by Canadian composer Mark Sirrett. We will also be presenting the North American première of a new edition of Allegri's Miserere Mei. Come early to hear my pre-concert talk on the history and mystery of Allegri's famous work, and to find out why this well-known piece is not quite what it seems...

Our season series will conclude with a May afternoon floral journey from the Elizabethan Madrigal to contemporary Canada. Flowers and their symbolism have been a rich inspiration for composers throughout history. Come and spend some time during tulip-tide to hear flora inspired works of beauty and passion.

You can also hear the CSO in the Ottawa Singers' performance of Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio as well as three exciting concerts at the National Arts Centre: the world premiere of Ana Sokolovic's Golden slumbers kiss your eyes in November, the Messiah with CSO favourite Sir Trevor Pinnock in December and the Brahms German Requiem with Alexander Shelley in February 2016.

Best wishes,

Andrew McAnerney

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