NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2019


We opened our 2019-20 season in September with a majestic Verdi Requiem with the NAC Orchestra and Alexander Shelley.

Please join us on Saturday, November 30th for another grand symphonic choral performance! 

Hallelujah!

MESSIAH
George Frideric Handel


From the gentle compassion of its opening Comfort Ye and the dance-like exuberance of For Unto Us a Child is Born to the monumental Hallelujah Chorus and the great Amen that ends the story, this music owns a special place in all our hearts. Almost three centuries later we are excited to present that immortal Messiah in a fresh and slightly audacious guise that plays with the idea of role reversal (as Handel himself often did) where the tenor gets to sing Rejoice Greatly and the mezzo gets to sing The Trumpet Shall Sound.

The Ottawa Choral Society returns to the superb acoustic space of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, one of Ottawa’s loveliest historic buildings, to sing Handel’s beloved Messiah on Saturday, November 30th at 7:30 pm. Since its first performance in Dublin in 1742 Messiah has become a keystone of the Western choral tradition.  A musical sage we know once said it is “just like sneaking into Heaven”.

For this 21st century Messiah, the soloists have been asked to learn big roles they’ve never sung before and to do that, Maestro Jean-Sébastien Vallée has invited a quartet of superb artists who are eager to rise to the challenge. We are thrilled to welcome back soprano Nathalie Paulin who "radiates sensuous charm" and whose "rich, agile voice possesses great depth and allure" (Chicago Tribune). Ottawa mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta is coming home covered in award-winning glory to sing this very special Messiah, and Quebec-based tenor Antonio Figueroa, who has appeared worldwide on the most famous stages in Paris, Rome, Milan, New York and many others, makes his debut this season with the OCS. We are delighted to invite back the "expressive and quirkily charismatic baritone Geoffrey Sirett, with all of his characteristic artistry" (Schmopera).

The musicians of the Ottawa Music Company join us once again, with their finesse and brilliance, for this exciting new version of Messiah re-voiced and directed by OCS Artistic Director Jean-Sébastien Vallée.  


Great Seats at Great Prices!

Single Tickets: $55 Premium, $40 Reserved, $25 General

Save 15-20% on FANFARE 2 subscription package until November 27


Also this Season

Sunday, March 29, 2020, 3:00 pm, Church of St. Francis of Assisi

Annelies...the Diary of a Young Girl — James Whitbourn 

The Diary of Anne Frank is an exquisitely-layered masterpiece in which Whitbourn uses his instrumental and vocal forces to superb effect.

Aline Kutan, soprano
Clarinet Kimball Sykes
Chamber Ensemble Andrew Tunis, piano; Marjolaine Lambert, violin; Timothy McCoy, cello
Jean-Sébastien Vallée, conductor


Monday, June 15, 2020 7:30 pm, Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre

Two fascinating contemporary sacred works make their Ottawa premiere

Misa a Buenos Aires —Martin Palmeri
Julie Nesrallah, mezzo-soprano

Astor Piazzolla’s “tango nuevo” finds its way into the inner sanctum of the chancel in this setting of the Latin mass that explodes with exuberance and the melancholy at the very soul of the tango

Magnificat —Stephen Chatman
Lynlee Wolstencroft, soprano

A multilingual setting of one of the earliest Christian hymns composed for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games (in Latin plus six official languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and German).
Nominated for Juno Award 2014

Ottawa Music Company, Bandoneon, Piano
Jean-Sébastien Vallée, conductor


Our Year-End Funding-Raising Campaign

Dear Friends,

Your annual gifts allow us to achieve wonderful things!

The Ottawa Choral Society puts your generous donations to work to deliver profoundly emotional experiences in the concert hall with beloved masterworks that span the centuries, and introduce you to beautiful and relevant new choral music where (by comparison) the ink has barely dried!

We hope you will consider making a donation to the Ottawa Choral Society as you plan your year-end charitable gift list.

Although the choir will soon be celebrating 80 years at the centre of Ottawa‘s cultural life, you may have noticed that we‘ve been growing younger with every season, attracting excellent new singers who are eager to work with our outstanding artistic team headed by Dr.Jean-Sébastien Vallée. Under JS‘s inspiring and exacting direction OCS members spend hundreds of hours in the rehearsal room every season refining our choral technique and digging deep to bring you the artistic excellence that makes you happy that you came to our concerts.

With a little help from our friends, we do a lot with a little:

Present diverse and fascinating concert seasons.

Engage thrilling vocalists and leading instrumentalists.

Foster the choral arts through student memberships, bursaries and scholarships that ensure that cost is never a barrier to making music.

Organize Workshops, Master Classes and Open Houses to grow our skills and attract new choral talent.

Help young Canadian concert artists to launch their professional careers through our nationally-recognized New Discoveries Auditions for Young Artists.

And every little bit counts!

To make a secure on-line donation to the Ottawa Choral Society:


Donate by Mail:

Ottawa Choral Society
P.O.Box 14017 RPO Glebe
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 3T2

You will receive a tax receipt for the full amount of your donation. 

Learn More about Special Events, and Corporate Sponsorship? Please contact:

Roy G. Lidstone
Director, Sponsorship
Ottawa Choral Society
M: +1 613 697 9092
E: roylidstone@icloud.com

If you have already made a donation, we sincerely thank you for your generosity.


 OCS Memorable Moments

Mozart in Montreal June 2018

With The Kings Singers at Chamberfest Christmas 2018

Carnegie Hall with Jean-Sébastien Vallée Feb 2018

Our 6th International Tour Summer 2019


Cantata Singers

We are delighted to recommend to you this dramatic mystery by Benjamin Britten coming up on Saturday, November 23rd

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