Closing Night Performance

How better to conclude our 20th anniversary celebration than with the most famous concerti of the Baroque? This ground-breaking interpretation by Ensemble Caprice intersperses Shostakovich’s Op. 87 preludes, which were deeply influenced by Bach but hold to their own musical language. Travel from 18th century Germany to 20th century Russia and witness the Baroque master communicating with his modern counterpart. Fascinating!

For $35 tickets, call 613-234-6306 starting at 9AM.

Bach Summit Brochure

The Bach Summit

Ensemble Caprice presents the complete chamber music of J.S. Bach: 16 works for two or three musicians, performed in four concerts over two days. These intimate compositions redefined the very concept of chamber music.


Interview with Frédéric Lacroix

On Monday, August 4 (Day One of New Music Now), Chamberfest volunteer journalist, Alison Overtveld interviewed pianist, educator, adjudicator, and composer Frédéric Lacroix at the high school he graduated from in 1993: Ecole secondaire publique de la Salle.

Feature: Il Trionfo del Tempo

Beauty and Pleasure Abound

Early Music Vancouver‘s ongoing Handel Project features “theatrical cunning and an all-embracing sense of joy” (The Vancouver Sun). After last summer’s groundbreaking performance of Israel in Egypt and the critical acclaim lavished on 2012′s Orlando, they’ve selected another extraordinary work from Handel’s oeuvre for the 2014 Vancouver Early Music Festival centrepiece. Touring to the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival before coming to Vancouver – a first for both Early Music Vancouver and Pacific Baroque Orchestra – this production will reach greater heights of artistic expression than ever before. Beauty and Pleasure abound in Handel’s first oratorio, the source of his ongoing genius.

Hear this landmark chamber opera tonight at 7PM, Dominion-Chalmers United. Tickets $29 (C), $35 (B), $47 (A). Call 613-234-6306 starting at 9AM.

Brodsky Quartet Fun Fact

Elvis Costello first encountered the Brodsky Quartet in 1989, at a Queen Elizabeth Hall performance of the entire cycle of Shostakovich’s string quartets. They met for the first time in November 1991, to begin work on the concept and execution of an album project called The Juliet Letters. Costello viewed this album as neither his first stab at classical music, nor the Brodsky’s first attempt at rock and roll. With a concept of imaginary letters being sent to an imaginary recipient, Juliet Capulet, all five musicians contributed to the writing of the lyrics as well as the music. No overdubs were made, the album recorded in its entirety live in the studio.

Tonight at Dominion-Chalmers United, the Brodsky Quartet performs for the first time at Chamberfest with a reading of Beethoven’s intensely intimate String Quartet in F minor, Op.95 (Serioso) and Mendelssohn’s heartbreaking String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80.

For $35 tickets, call 613-234-6306 starting at 9AM.

What Makes Rob Great?

What makes great music great? Through his concert presentations, commentaries on NPR’s “Performance Today” and CD series, Rob Kapilow takes listeners inside the music: he unravels, slows down, and recomposes key passages to hear why a piece is so extraordinary. Theatermania.com calls Rob Kapilow’s engaging commentaries “a knockout combination of entertainment and education.” Great music rewards great listeners, and Rob Kapilow’s What Makes It Great? is about great listening.

See Rob tonight at 7PM, Dominion-Chalmers United, as he investigates the extraordinary world of Beethoven’s magnificent String Quartet No. 16 Op. 135.

For $35 tickets, call 613-234-6306 starting at noon today.

Bach in Havana

Classically trained at Cuba’s premier conservatories, the members of three-time Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre are true modern heirs to the rich musical tradition of their native country. Tonight, the Miami-based ensemble performs selections from Bach in Havana, a sophisticated blend of Latin jazz and the venerated harmonies of Johann Sebastian Bach.

For $35 tickets, call 613-234-6306 starting at noon today.

Feature: Janina Fialkowska

The Incomparable Janina Fialkowska

The incomparable Janina Fialkowska returns to Chamberfest this evening at 7PM to perform works by Grieg, Schubert, and Chopin. While you’re anxiously awaiting the hour, here’s a CBC documentary that profiles tonight’s Gala artist.

Miro Quartet

Miró Quartet Returns!

By popular demand, the “brilliant” (Gramophone Magazine) Miró Quartet of Austin, Texas returns to Chamberfest for an unabashedly expressive performance of Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76, No. 2 and Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 5. Order of Canada recipient Jon Kimura Parker joins in for Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34.