Coming events

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04/08/2022 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Spontaneous and impeccable in their performances, the world-renowned Danish String Quartet promises to make even the most seasoned chamber music fanatic feel as though they’re discovering chamber classics for the first time.

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02/08/2022 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Equal parts passion and precision, Tunisian-born mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb has captivated audiences around the world with her vocal clarity and lavish tone. With added forces from the newly minted Chamberfest Artists-in-Residence, the evening is sure to mark an exceptional festival debut for Chaieb.

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31/07/2022 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Sounding Thunder brings to life the struggles and accomplishments of Francis Pegahmagabow, distinguished Ojibwe military officer and political leader, following his journey from the trenches of WWI to his time as Chief of the Wasauksing Ojibwe. This cultural collaboration paying homage to the legacy of a Canadian hero acts as a reminder of the challenges […]

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29/07/2022 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – The electrifying combination of piano trio, a cappella ensemble Nordic Voices, and the vivacious mezzo-soprano Marion Newman will resonate across Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre. As an extra treat for this evening, this unique collaboration imagined by the illustrious Gryphon Trio brings forward new works by composers Eliot Britton, Andrew Balfour, and Henrik Hellstenius.

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23/07/2022 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – When the internationally celebrated Canadian Brass is on stage, a mixture of humour and skill guarantees a performance unlike any you’ve experienced. The Canadian Brass promises to deliver a lively and fun concert, bolstered by their impeccable technique and powerful performance.

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03/08/2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Known for his virtuosity and musicality, Canadian violinist James Ehnes is a favourite of audiences around the world. Join James and Eric Friesen in this exclusive Chamber Chat: Festival Edition, available to Festival Livestream Passholders. Audiences will remember James’ gorgeous performances of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas in 2019. Looking forward to hearing him perform […]

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30/07/2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Quatuor Danel has been at the forefront of the international music scene since 1991. Famous for their bold, concentrated interpretations of the string quartet cycles of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Shostakovich, and Weinberg, Quatuor Danel is a long-time Chamberfest fan favourite. Join them in conversation with Eric Friesen in this exclusive Chamber Chat: Festival Edition, available […]

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28/07/2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Infusion Baroque has been captivating audiences with creative and interactive programming across North America. Join host Eric Friesen and the four women of Infusion Baroque in a conversation centred around their many creative projects, including “Who Killed Leclair?” (an interactive murder mystery soirée based on the unsolved murder of the famous musician), and much more […]

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26/07/2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am – One of “Canada’s 30 hot classical musicians under 30 in 2020” (CBC Music), Ottawa audiences were introduced to rising soprano star Jonelle Sills in her NACO debut in 2020. Learn more about Jonelle’s artistic journey in this exclusive Chamber Chat: Festival Edition, available to Festival Livestream Passholders. Audiences will have the chance to hear Jonelle […]

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23/07/2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Hinrich Alpers has been a favourite of Chamberfest audiences since his first appearance at our summer festival. Honen’s laureate, Steinway artist, Chamberfest artistic advisor – we can’t wait to hear Hinrich and host Eric Friesen chat on music and life in this exclusive Chamber Chat: Festival Edition, available to Festival Livestream Passholders. Hinrich has also […]

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31/07/2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Chamberfest favourite Quatuor Danel performs Beethoven’s Op. 18, No. 1 and Shostakovich No. 2 in a performance created especially for Chamberfest, recorded live from the string quartet’s home in Antwerp, Belgium.

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27/07/2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Phenomenal firebrand violinist Lara St. John shares a special concert programmed and recorded live from Atterbury House, where the Canadian violinist has been hosting a successful series throughout the pandemic. The program will include solo and collaborative material highlighting female and Canadian composers.

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25/07/2021 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Pianist and long-time festival friend Hinrich Alpers brings his hometown to us in a specially programmed and recorded recital. Brahms and Beethoven will dominate this program, which includes a performance of Beethoven symphonies in Liszt’s transcriptions, hot off the recording press!

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22/07/2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – What makes the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” an indelible classic? Rob Kapilow helps explain why this “song of yearning,” as Yip Harburg called it, has become even more meaningful and relevant as we continue to confront this challenging pandemic moment.

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22/07/2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Rob Kapilow explores what Beethoven has to teach us in the pandemic. These bite-sized chats will include illuminating insights on connection, new paths, and transformation through short musical excerpts from Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Appassionata Sonata, and “Kreutzer” (now also known as the “Bridgetower”) Sonata.

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22/07/2021 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am – For renowned classical pianist Simon Trpčeski, there are no cultural or musical boundaries. This recording, created especially for Chamberfest, will feature live solo piano music of his native Macedonia by contemporary composers Buzharovski and Shahov, and excerpts from his latest project MAKEDONISSIMO, which blends Macedonian folk music with highly virtuosic, jazz-influenced riffs and harmonies. Stay […]

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03/08/2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – The talented siblings of Quatuor Despax have been a regular on stages in the national capital and beyond since they began performing together nearly two decades ago. Expect an eclectic mix of standards and new surprises.

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01/08/2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Ottawa-based piano/percussion duo, SHHH! Ensemble, share their unique style and “avant-accessible” programming in this captivating concert. Also coming this summer, families can explore with this creative duo at a Bring the Kids! show.

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30/07/2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Beth Silver (cello) and Jenna Richards (piano) explore folk, fiddle, and klezmer in this unique program. Audiences can hear Jenna and Beth share a Romantic Classical program on Thursday, July 29 at 3pm, part of the Steinway Series.

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27/07/2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Recognized as a 2021 CBC Ottawa Trailblazer for making a positive impact, Kathryn Patricia Cobbler is a loop pedal violist, composer, arranger, and educator known for creating unique soundscapes.

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24/07/2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Ottawa audiences will recognize John Kofi Dapaah’s unique style, which crosses the boundaries between the classical, jazz, and gospel worlds. This concert sees Dapaah in the world of jazz. Audiences can take in John’s classical program on Monday, July 26 at 3pm, part of the Steinway Series.

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29/07/2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm – Frequent Chamberfest performer Beth Silver (cello) and Chamberfest’s Director, Artistic Planning & Community Engagement, Jenna Richards (piano), have been collaborating for more than a decade. This concert sees the duo in a lush program of works by Brahms, Dvorak, Kodaly, and Schumann. Audiences can also hear Jenna and Beth explore folk, fiddle, and klezmer on […]

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26/07/2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm – This concert finds the multitalented pianist John Kofi Dapaah firmly in the classical world with a program of works by Florence Price (*Ottawa premiere), Bach, and Beethoven. Audiences can also take in John’s jazz set on Monday, July 24 at 5pm, part of the Record Centre Series

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26/07/2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Duo Concertante reflects on the social and political events of our time in Ecology of Being. With commissioned works by Melissa Hui, Ian Cusson, Bekah Simms, Dawn Ierihò:kwats Avery, and Carmen Braden, Ecology of Being is about feeling and experiencing the trauma of a lost earth, and about treasuring the joy of a world we […]

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23/07/2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm – Ottawa pianist Carson Becke shares a thoughtful program inspired by storytelling through music, with works by English and Nordic composers, and Carson’s own arrangements.

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04/08/2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Join one of Canada’s most exciting young string quartets in a program featuring Haydn’s penultimate Op. 77, No. 1, and Beethoven’s Op. 74, No. 10 (“Harp”) Quartet, famous for its pizzicato sections and warm-hearted spirit.

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01/08/2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am – All Canadian stars of their instrument, Caroline Lizotte, Caroline Léonardelli, Lori Gemmell, and Jennifer Swartz come together to share the beauty of the harp in Beechwood’s sacred space. Featured arrangements include Mozart’s String Quartet in B flat, K 589, and Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons.

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25/07/2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am – The guitar takes centre stage in a program featuring arrangements of Mozart’s Piano Sonata KV 448, original compositions by former and current Quartet members, and more.

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01/08/2021 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Ladom Ensemble returns to Chamberfest with their unique blend of chamber music and inspiration from around the world – from Iran and Serbia to Argentina. Piano, cello, accordion, and percussion… expect passion, sophistication, and high intensity.

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31/07/2021 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Capstand shanties, halyard shanties, laments, forecastle songs, short haul shanties… Whatever your shanty of choice, join these award-winning singers for a taste of the maritimes, with tunes from England, Scotland, Ireland, the Americas, and the Caribbean, arranged by La Nef’s musical director, Seán Dagher.

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30/07/2021 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm – “Who Killed Leclair?” Murder, mystery and intrigue are on the menu as Montreal-based ensemble Infusion Baroque investigates the murder of composer Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764). This program features several of Leclair’s trio sonatas, and works by his colleagues and rivals.

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29/07/2021 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm – The Montreal Horn Stars take the brass quintet to new heights with inventive arrangements and loads of improvisation in a groovy, eclectic concert that blends pop, jazz, and classical.

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24/07/2021 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Composer guitarist Duane Andrews hits the stage with Mark Fewer (violin), Carissa Klopoushak (violin), David Marks (viola), and Julia MacLaine (cello) in a program featuring music from Andrews’ album Conception Bay. Audiences can expect Jazz Manouche, new music composition, Newfoundland jigs and reels, some fun classical references to Haydn, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and more!

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23/07/2021 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Taking their name from the word for heart in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, OKAN is an award-winning, women-led ensemble that fuses Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk, and global rhythms in songs about immigration, courage, and love.

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22/07/2021 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm – JUNO Award-winning quartet The Fretless is known for ferocious playing, masterful composition, and a genre-bending sound. In this unique performance, they are joined by singer Béatrix Méthé of Montreal-based indie folk band, Rosier.

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03/08/2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm – Discover what happens when chamber music merges with the physical beauty of dance, as Echo Chamber Toronto joins forces with members of the Rosebud and Ironwood String Quartets.

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30/07/2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm – Toronto’s original guerrilla-folk party-punk massive shares a genre-bending set that is equal parts exhilarating precision and reckless abandon.

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28/07/2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm – Canada’s beloved piano trio delivers a program centred around Beethoven’s Ghost Trio, with Silvestrov’s “Fugitive Visions of Mozart,” and a commissioned work by Canadian composer Bruce A. Russell

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26/07/2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm – Ottawa’s “take no prisoners” (ARTSFILE) quartet joins forces with iconic pianist Jamie Parker.

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24/07/2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm – Dinuk Wijerante’s “Letters from the Afterlife,” Samy Moussa’s quartet, Caroline Shaw’s “Entracte,” and the Mendelssohn String Quartet in A minor – works paying homage to composers of the past.

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22/07/2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm – Centred around the music of Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov, “The Night of the Flying Horses” explores moments of wonder and melancholy, with frenetic, electrifying waves of sound in a program of works spanning over five centuries.

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04/08/2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm – Brassfire Big Band! Standards and hot new arrangements of the music of Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Tommy Dorsey, and more. This program also includes the Canadian premiere of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” for piano and jazz band.

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02/08/2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm – Montreal’s premier chamber orchestra shares a program including works by Kelly-Marie Murphy, Josef Suk, and Tchaikovsky.

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23/07/2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm – A true and singular time travel experience, “Once upon a time in Versailles” features music of the Royal French court, played on period instruments by Montreal’s Arion Baroque Orchestra, a cornerstone in the world of early music since 1981.

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03/08/2021 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Known for his virtuosity and musicality, Canadian violinist James Ehnes is a favourite of audiences around the world. Join James and Eric Friesen in this exclusive Chamber Chat: Festival Edition, available to Festival Livestream Passholders. Audiences will remember James’ gorgeous performances of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas in 2019. Looking forward to hearing him perform […]