First CAMMAC Ottawa Valley Choral Concert - theHumm August 2019
First CAMMAC Ottawa Valley Choral Concert - theHumm August 2019
Co-chairs Michael Hoffman and Rosalind Spencer are delighted to announce the inaugural CAMMAC Ottawa Valley Choral Concert. Taking place on Sunday, September 15 in the spectacular “cathedral” of St. John Chrysostom in Arnprior, it will feature over 80 choristers, supported by professional orchestra and soloists. After the closure of the Ottawa Valley Music Festival, Michael and Rosalind approached CAMMAC (Canadian Amateur Musicians / Musiciens Amateurs du Canada), a well-established not-for-profit organization founded in 1959. They unanimously agreed to create a new branch — CAMMAC Ottawa Valley — to continue the legacy of OVMF in bringing high-calibre music to the Ottawa Valley.
On the appropriate theme of “rebirth”, this concert welcomes Marg Stubington as Artistic Director, returning soloists Cara Gilbertson-Boese (soprano) and Jean-Sébastien Kennedy (baritone), along with Chorus members coming together from many communities in and around the Ottawa Valley.
The concert, entitled Earth to Paradise, spans many centuries of human desire for a restful place of beauty and happiness. It begins with the timeless drama In the Midst of Life by Henry Purcell, who in 1695 set to music the natural cycle of life. With trumpets in minor keys (rare at that time), the piece is a masterpiece of tension. It was performed in Westminster Abbey twice that year, first for Queen Mary II of England, and a few months later at Purcell’s own funeral. The piece’s influence continues to this day in some modern scores.
The theme of rebirth continues with two 21st century pieces of musical poetry. The first, by Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds, will be sung a cappella in the beautiful sanctuary of St. John Chrysostom Church. The second, by Norwegian pianist Ola Gjeilo, for double choir features piano and string quartet.
The concert climaxes with, in his own words, “a little Requiem” — written by Gabriel Fauré in the late 1800s for the pure joy of composing! The concert features Fauré’s original chamber orchestration, including organ and solo violin. His lyrical melodies give the piece a transcendent beauty, which has resonated with audiences ever since it was written. Fauré added Pie Jesu, a beautiful statement of hope for eternal rest and peace, sung by a solo soprano. The final movement of the Requiem includes the words In paradisum deducant angeli... (May the angels lead you into paradise...).
Full details and tickets please visit cammac.ca/ottawagatineau/activities/#valley-concert or see the ad on page 5 of this issue.
By Sally Hansen
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