Previews concerts (february-march 2020): Ottawa

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NACO AND STEWART GOODYEAR’S CELLO CONCERTO
One of Canada’s best-known pianists, Stewart Goodyear, is also a composer. This concert will feature his Cello Concerto written for and played by the orchestra’s principal cellist, Rachel Mercer. Music Director Alexander Shelley will also lead performances of four American works: Leroy Anderson’s Serenata, music from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in a symphonic synthesis, Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings and the familiar suite from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo. Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. Southam Hall, National Arts Centre. www.nac-cna.ca

THIRTEEN STRINGS WITH JANINA FIALKOWSKA
A mostly-Mozart program begins with three Divertimenti, K.135-138, then feature Janina Fialkowska in the Piano Concerto in A Major K. 414. The program ends with Stella Splendens by the orchestra’s conductor, Kevin Mallon. Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Carleton Dominion-Chalmers. www.thirteenstrings.ca

BLAKE POULIOT AND HSIN-I HUANG
Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot has garnered critical and popular acclaim, having performed with some of Canada’s top orchestras and been broadcast by the CBC. This concert will feature Mozart’s Violin Sonata in F major, K. 376; both of the Beethoven Romances; Kreisler’s Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice for solo violin, Op. 6; Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80; and Ravel’s Tzigane. The pianist is Hsin-I Huang. Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Carleton Dominion-Chalmers. www.chamberfest.com

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OTTAWA BACH CHOIR: THE GENIUS OF JOSQUIN
For its second concert this season the Ottawa Bach Choir will present a program of music by the Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Prez, a musician of the early Renaissance. Founder-conductor Lisette Canton conducts sacred and secular works including Missa Pange Lingua, as well as Ave Maria, La Déploration de Johannes Ockeghem and several motets and chansons. The venue for this concert is especially noted for its luxuriant acoustics. March 7 at 8 p.m. Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church. www.ottawabachchoir.ca

ANGELA HEWITT
Johann Sebastian Bach wrote that his Italian Concerto was written “for lovers of music, for their enjoyment.” The same could be said of nearly any of this composer’s works, particularly when they are played by today’s preeminent Bach pianist. This will be the penultimate program in Hewitt’s four-year Bach Odyssey, in which she performs Bach’s complete keyboard works in cities around the world. The program will include, among other items, the Italian Concerto and the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue. March 11 at 7:30 p.m. Carleton Dominion-Chalmers. www.chamberfest.com

NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ORCHESTRA
The popular Canadian composer Peter Paul Koprowski has written a Violin Concerto, commissioned by the NACO for its concertmaster, Yōsuke Kawasaki, who will be giving the world premiere. The orchestra will be under the baton of John Storgårds, who leads the orchestra in Carl Nielsen’s Second Symphony (“The Four Temperaments”). March 24-25 at 8 p.m. Southam Hall, National Arts Centre. www.nac-cna.ca

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