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53rd Season Concerts and Events


Invitation from our Music Director:

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CSO Productions:

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Shakespeare in Song

Sunday 30 October 2016

In the 400 years since his death, William Shakespeare’s insights into the human condition have inspired countless composers to set his words. Come and hear music from around the world bring the Bard’s works to life.

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Family Christmas Spectacular

Sunday 18 December 2016

Favourite Christmas music old and new - including sing-along, fanfares, descants and more!

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Venetian Vespers by Candlelight

Saturday 18 March 2017

Be transported to 17th century Venice with music by Monteverdi and his contemporaries. Includes a pre-concert talk.

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CSO Hosted Events:

Ottawa in Song

Saturday 24 June 2017

The Cantata singers of Ottawa present a program representing the origins of the people who live and work in Canada's Capital. This diverse celebration will include choral music from Europe and USA, and guest artists representing the music of Africa, Asia and Canada's own first nation traditions.

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CSO Guest Appearances:

Mozart's Requiem

Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 May 2017

Ottawa choruses join the National Arts Centre Orchestra for Mozart's Requiem under the baton of John Storgårds.

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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 2016

Dear Friends of the Cantata Singers of Ottawa,

I am delighted to invite you to our 53rd season, a season full of great music to delight and entrance.

We start with Shakespeare in Song, an exploration of music connected with the Bard. We will cover five centuries of music including a renaissance drinking song by Orlando Lassus, Vaughan Williams' beautiful choral arrangement of Greensleeves, and contemporary setting of Shakespeare's words by Canadian composer Harry Freedman.

At Christmas we are delighted to present a Family Christmas Spectacular with guest artists Caroline Leonardelli, Ottawa Children's choir and Cathedral Brass. With familiar festive pieces, sing along, and trumpet fanfares, this will be a great celebration for all the family.

Our season concludes with Venetian Vespers by Candlelight. With sackbuts, cornets, and some carnival surprises, come and hear wonderful music by Monteverdi, Gabrieli, and the celebrated renaissance female composer, Vittoria Aleotti.

We are also delighted to be appearing in two fabulous off-season events. In May 2017 we will be appearing in at the National Arts Centre performances of Mozart's Requiem. We will also be taking a central role in the Canada 150 celebrations in June 2017 with Sing Ottawa en choeur, a weekend-long celebration of choral singing in Ottawa featuring choirs and music from across Canada culminating in a final celebration concert where everybody is encouraged to sing.

Our 53rd season is going to be a great season, I encourage you to join in and support us however you can.

Best wishes,

Andrew McAnerney

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