The Ottawa Bach Choir CD Release and Concert: ‘Twas But Pure Love

The Ottawa Bach Choir (OBC) presents its premiere subscription concert in this season of magnificent choral works: ‘Twas But Pure Love, Saturday, November 26th, 2016, 8PM, at St. Matthew’s Church, 130 Glebe Avenue, Ottawa. In addition to the celebration of the CD release for the choir’s 15th anniversary, this concert also features organist Matthew Larkin and harpist Caroline Léonardelli in this grand setting in Ottawa’s Anglican Church in the Glebe.  A reception will follow the concert.

The repertoire in concert on November 26 and on the CD, ‘Twas But Pure Love, includes some of the OBC’s best loved music for the Christmas season – from the Renaissance (by composers such as Palestrina, Victoria and Byrd) and Baroque periods (Hassler, Praetorius and Bach), to Contemporary carols and arrangements by French, Swedish, English and Canadian composers, such as Villette, Sandström, Stopford, Patriquin, Murphy and Larkin. The CD will premiere the compositions by Ottawa composers Kelly-Marie Murphy (The Darkest Midnight in December) and Matthew Larkin (Sailor’s Carol).

“I am thrilled to present this music in honour of the OBC’s 15th anniversary – in concert and on our latest CD.” says Founder and Artistic Director, Lisette Canton. “It has been a labour of love to work with this choir and to pass such a milestone in our history. As we continue to expand in breadth through our concerts, recording and touring, we hope that the sounds of this extraordinary choral repertoire, both ancient and modern, will engender a personal and collective expression of artistic and spiritual devotion that ultimately unites us all.”

The Ottawa Bach Choir was founded in 2002 by Dr. Lisette Canton and offers a wide range of choral music from all historical periods, featuring some of Canada’s top choristers. With the combination of a scholarly and emotional approach, the OBC provides an unforgettable experience of choral music at its best.

The OBC has toured extensively in Canada, the United States, and Europe, and was invited to perform as Canada’s choral representative in the prestigious Meet in Beijing arts festival in Beijing, China, in April 2016. In 2014, the choir completed a two-week tour of Venice, Leipzig, Lübeck, Groningen, and Amsterdam, and had the honour of being the first Canadian choir ever to be among the performers in the world’s most prestigious international Bach festival, the Bachfest Leipzig 2014. The OBC also recently performed in the much-anticipated Apocalypsis by Canada’s own R. Murray Schafer at the Luminato Festival in Toronto, in June 2015.

For details of the concert and CD visit the OBC website.


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