From the re-opening of a renovated Southam Hall to new music director appointments at the Ottawa Symphony and Ottawa Choral Society, it was a big year for classical music in the capital. Here’s a look back at some of the best—and worst—moments from 2016.
Mass | At Dominion Chalmers | Reviewed Wednesday
Honey, I shrunk Bach’s B Minor Mass.
That could have been the subtitle for Chamberfest’s closing gala, a dramatically — and unsuccessfully — scaled-down version of Bach’s choral masterpiece.
Danish String Quartet | At Dominion Chalmers | Reviewed Monday
The Danish String Quartet’s 2015 Ottawa debut was one of the highlights of last year’s Chamberfest. The musicians — actually three Danes and one Norwegian — call themselves “modern Vikings”, and they’ve been conquering the world one concert hall and recording at a time.
Chamberfest review: Against the Grain Theatre | At Dominion Chalmers | Reviewed Saturday
In just six years, Against the Grain Theatre has established itself as a true original. The Toronto-based ensemble has earned a following for presenting great classical works in unconventional stagings, along with rarities and contemporary music.
Lara St John and Matt Herskowitz | At Dominion Chalmers | Reviewed Wednesday
Lara St. John and Matt Herskowitz are a musical match made in heaven — or hell, depending on your sense of humour.
Review: Soprano Marie-Josée Lord
The Ottawa Chamberfest opened Thursday night with a concert tribute to women in song, curated by soprano Marie-Josée Lord.