Ottawa Chamber Music Society
The Ottawa Chamber Music Society (OCMS) was incorporated in 1995 to organize the annual Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and to present chamber music of the highest artistic standard. Now known as “Chamberfest”, it is the largest chamber music festival in the world. Two other annual events are also presented by the OCMS: The Ottawa Chamber Music Society Concert Series and the free Family Music Fair.
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25th Anniversary of Chamberfest 2018-2019
This application is for “2018 & 2019 Ottawa Chamberfest 25th Anniversary”, taking place in various venues in downtown Ottawa from July 26 to August 9, 2018 and July 25 to August 8, 2019. Venues will include Dominion Chalmers United Church, the National Gallery of Canada, La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins and École secondaire publique De La Salle. The extended two-festival anniversary will be bridged by a two gala performances by Angela Hewitt as well as and the Chamberfest Concert Series that will run from October, 2018 to April, 2019. Programming highlights include: (1) Two gala performances by Angela Hewitt of the “Bach Odyssey”, the complete keyboard works of J.S. Bach, at each of the 2018 and 2019 anniversary events (four distinct performances). Hewitt is a high-profile pianist from Ottawa who is known for her interpretations of Bach. 2018 Festival: (2) Gli Angeli, the Swiss Baroque ensemble, will perform a selection of Bach cantatas; (3) Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin with the Danel Quartet; (4) The Quatuor Danel from France, known for their interpretations of the string quartet cycles of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Shostakovich, and Weinberg; (5) “International Celebrity Concerts” featuring the Prazak Quartet from the Czech Republic, the Ariel Quartet from Israel, and Midori, a Japanese-born American violinist; (6) True North Brass, a Canadian brass ensemble; (7) “Sounding Thunder: a multi-disciplinary project that tells the story of Francis Pegahmagabow, a decorated WWI soldier and First Nations man; (8) Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, the Gryphon Trio, Robert Kapilow, Kishi Bashi, the Bergmann Duo, the Payadora Tango Ensemble, and Roby Lakatos; and (9) a series of free outreach programs at the Ottawa and Gatineau City Halls, the National Gallery of Canada, Rideau Hall, ByWard Market and Parliament Hill (in both 2018 and 2019). 2019 Festival (10) Simone Dinnerstein with Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and Canadian concert violinist James Ehnes. The MCO for a performance will include a Philip Glass concerto while James Ehnes will present the complete Beethoven sonatas in a three concert performance which will kick off a multi-year 2019-2021 Beethoven feature that will appear within the festival over the three years; (11) Jon Kimura (Jackie) Parker and his Montrose Trio; (12) Enrico Onofri and his Imaginarium Ensemble from Italy will make their Chamberfest debut; (13) Syrène Saxofoonkwartet, a female saxophone quartet; (14) "Dannthology", including classical, jazz, and crossover works, ranging from Schumann to Brahms; (15) German pianist Hinrich Alpers; and (16) multiple string quartets and piano trios will be engaged to play Beethoven’s epic works, including Takacs Quartet, Miro Quartet, and Rolston Quartet.