Chamberfest unveils City Series of concerts

Quatuor Andara will open the Chamberfest City Series.

Anyone who wanders through Ottawa City Hall will know it’s a place of music.

That will be enhanced even more with the 2019 Chamberfest City Series which opens March 19 with a concert by the Quatuor Andara, who will be in residence with Ottawa Chamberfest this year as part of the Career Development Residency for emerging ensembles.

The series will also feature the EckhardtGramatté National Music Competition winner Amy Hillis, the Canadian Guitar Quartet and the Pentaèdre wind quintet’s flutist Ariane Brisson along with students and teachers from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and École secondaire publique De La Salle

The City series features artists with ties to the national capital region and focuses on on amateur and emerging professional musicians.

All concerts are free at Ottawa City Hall at noon. Here’s this year’s lineup:

Quatuor Andara March 19: Andara is Wendat for the river, where smaller streams converge. Andara is Jeanne Côté, violin; Marie-Claire Vaillancourt, violin; Vincent Delorme, viola; Dominique Beauséjour-Ostiguy, cello. 

Program: Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, L 85, Op. 10; Ginastera: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20

Duo Palladium March 26: Ariane Brisson, flute; Olivier Hébert-Bouchard, piano.

Program: Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (arr. Gustave Samazeuilh); Reinecke: Sonata for flute in piano in E major, Op.167, “Undine”; Bartók: Suite Paysanne Hongroise, (arr. Paul Arma), Roussel: Joueurs de flûte, Op. 27; Jolivet: Chant de Linos for flute and piano

University of Ottawa Chamber Groups April 2. Featuring a string quartet, piano trio with bassoon a and pianist: Sophia-Marie Bergeron, violin; Marlena Pellegrino, viola; Shang Jung Chan, cello; Emmanuel Cigana, piano; Nicolas Richard, bassoon; Vinci Chen, cello; Kassandra-Anne Demers, piano and Min-Key Park, piano.

Program: Dvořák: Piano quartet in E-flat major, Op. 87, No. 2; Glinka: Trio pathétique in D minor; Ravel: Scarbo from Gaspard de la nuit

meagan&amy April 16: Amy Hills, violin; Meagan Milatz, piano. Program features works by Mozart, Debussy, and Canadian composers David McIntryre and André Mathieu.

Canadian Guitar Quartet April 23: Louis Trépanier, guitar; Julien Bisaillon, guitar; Renaud Côté-Giguère, guitar; Bruno Roussel, guitar. Program will feature works by Beethoven and Poulenc.

Chorale De La Salle May 7: Robert Filion, choral director.

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.