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Janina Fialkowska. Photo by Julien Faugere.

Chamberfest 2021-22: Part Two of the season brings us more fan favourites

By Shireen Agharazi-Dormani on February 18, 2022

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To say we had a rocky start to the new year would be an understatement. However, I say this with joy: Open up your calendars and mark some smiley faces onto several dates in the upcoming months. With six concerts already announced, Ottawa Chamberfest has added a few more events to their spring 2021–22 concert series.

“The world is opening up, and we’re ready for it,” said Carissa Klopoushak, Artistic Director of Ottawa Chamberfest, via email. “I think we all feel acutely how important music, and the arts in general, are for our well-being and happiness. We’re proud to be making it happen!”

Carson Becke. Photo by Tam Lan Photography.

Earlier this year, two Chamberfest concerts, one featuring Stephen Isserlis and Connie Shih (Jan. 24) and the other with The King’s Singers (Feb. 11) had to be cancelled due to Omicron and will be rescheduled in an upcoming season. For now, though, we can thank our lucky stars that not only do we have other options remaining, but we’ve been given more! These Chamberfest fan favourites have been added to the spring lineup: Charles Richard-Hamelin and Andrew Wan bring us Schumann’s Sonatas for piano and violin on Feb. 22, while Jessica Linnebach, Sean Rice, and Carson Becke, three Ottawa-based musicians, give us Bartok’s “Contrasts”, based on Hungarian and Romanian folk music, on April 27.

As for the previously announced performances: Janina Fialkowska will celebrate her 70th birthday with a solo piano recital on March 2; Mark Fewer, Yolanda Bruno, Julian Schwarz, and Joel Quarrington come together to perform Rossini’s spirited sonatas on March 18 with their violins, cello, and double bass; on May 14, The National Youth Choir of Canada, some of this country’s best vocalists aged 19-26, will sing “Make Me A World” ; and last but certainly not least, Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and pianist Christoph Berner will offer us Mozart and Schubert on May 17.

Sean Rice. Photo by Fred Cattroll.

“As a violinist myself, I’m keenly aware of the effect that this pandemic has had,” said Klopoushak. “We’re all craving audiences again, and while we’ve learned so much from online formats (which are likely here to stay!), there’s something so special about sharing a room with others and connecting in such an intimate and personal way.  We’re all really eager for this to happen more and more often. We’ll also never take it for granted!”

All of these concerts will take place at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, though if you’d prefer to stay home, you can also watch the livestreams on show night at 7pm EST. Depending on which tickets you purchase, the prices range from $20–$45, give or take.

Jessica Linnebach. Photo by Fred Cattroll.

Of course, should you choose to attend in person, there are some regulations you’ll have to follow: wear your mask throughout the entire event(s), show proof of full vaccination upon arrival, and refrain from group gatherings. To learn more, check out Chamberfest’s Box Office Policies to keep yourself and others safe.

“It’s encouraging to think that we’re on a path of more stability now that the end of the tunnel is close,” said Klopoushak. “But I know that we’re able to handle any other unexpected curveballs, and that many of the lessons or tricks that we’ve learned during the pandemic will stick with us long after!”


For in-person and livestream tickets, visit www.chamberfest.com or call 613-234-6306.