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Imani Winds perform at Chamberfest 2022. Photo by Shervin Lainez, courtesy Ottawa Chamberfest.

Chamberfest 2022 Returns for another summer of musical fun

By Matthew Guida on July 14, 2022

What better way to celebrate the summer season in Canada’s capital than with Ottawa’s annual Chamberfest?

From July 21 to August 4, Chamberfest returns for another year of unforgettable performances, a diverse selection of concerts, and opportunities to engage with local communities.

“Chamberfest is back in full force! A theme of light overcoming darkness runs through our 2022 festival, with the best and brightest artists gracing our stages. We’ve put together a festival of the magnitude you’ve come to expect from Chamberfest — a great thing for both the artists who create art and the audiences who crave it,” says Carissa Klopoushak, Artistic Director of Ottawa Chamberfest, in a press release. “We’re proud to present a summer festival that is relevant, responsive, and respectful of the times we live in; one that answers the call for a broader, more inclusive definition of chamber music. Because there’s no better place than Canada’s capital, and there’s no better time than now.”

Carissa Klopoushak, Artistic Director of Ottawa Chamberfest. Photo by Alexander Vlad, courtesy Ottawa Chamberfest.

With so many performances and events to choose from across 12 different locations, Chamberfest has a little bit of everything, including the option to view events via livestream or in-person.

Here are some of the many highlights of this year’s festival that both veteran and amateur Chamberfest fans can look forward to:

Marina Kun Series

The opening night of Chamberfest 2022 (July 21) sets the bar high with “First Light,” featuring nine of Canada’s best chamber musicians—including Yolanda Bruno, Min-Jeong Koh, plus Klopoushak herself. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Fans of the Marina Kun series can look forward to several evenings’ worth of awe-inspiring performances with some of the best in the field of chamber performances, such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra led by Yosuke Kawasaki —  whose reputation as a concertmaster is internationally renowned — (July 22); the rising stars of Canada’s National Youth Orchestra (July 25);  as well as performances celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Kun Shoulder Rest, and the honouring of its founder Marina Kun and her husband Joseph (July 30).

 

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Signature Series

For this series, music fans will have a chance to listen to Candian Brass, one of the most popular brass groups in the world (July 23); a threefold musical experience courtesy of Gryphon Trio, Nordic Voices, and Marion Newman (July 29); the historical performance of Sounding Thunder, which pays homage to Ojibwe military officer, Francis Pegahmagabow (July 31); as well as the festival debut of mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb (August 2).

Chamberfringe series

If you’re a night owl eager for some shows that push the boundaries of traditional musical norms, then the Chamberfringe series has got you covered. Along with the Chamberfest debuts of the Juno-award-winning Allison Au Quartet (July 21) and the multiculturally talented Moskitto Bar (July 23); this series also features the husband-and-wife duo, Rebekah Wolkstein and Drew Jurecka (July 31); as well as the Montreal Horn Stars (August 2).

Beechwood series

Are you not into the evening or late-night shows? No worries. Chamberfest’s ever-popular Beechwood series has got you covered.

Thanks to the support of the Beechwood Cemetery, Chamberfest 2022 is proud to present outdoor performances at Beachwood grounds, including two distinct Sunrise Concerts, with one featuring GRAMMY award-winning violinist Johnny Gandelsman playing Bach’s Cello Suites (July 23). The other consists of a morning yoga session led by Passionflower Yoga’s Anna Petersen and accompanied by Julia MacLaine playing the works of Bach for solo cello (July 30).

Midday Matinées

Chamberfest 2022 also features the debut of the Midday Matinées series, including performances such as Duo Octavian performing the world premiere of Dr. Blue’s Rapidly Deployable Escape Ladder (July 23); the combined talents of soprano Emili Losier and pianist Jenna Richards in The Way I Dream (July 24); as well as the return of the Ottawa’s Cheng2 Duo (August 3).

 

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Steinway Series

Thanks to the support of Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa, piano enthusiasts and connoisseurs can enjoy the Chamberfest debut of Ottawa’s very own Ruby Jin — who has performed on local, national and even international stages — (July 25) and Meagan Milatz — selected as one of CBC’s “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30,” — in her first solo Chamberfest performance (July 28).

All that and more to be featured at Chamberfest 2022!


To purchase tickets or for further details about the concerts/performances, be sure to visit Chamberfest’s website.

Also, check out and download their printable calendar for exact dates and times. 

Please note that the option to view performances either via livestream or in-person may vary between concerts.