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World renowned soprano Kathleen Battle to perform in fundraiser for CHEO / youth music

By Alejandro Bustos on December 18, 2013

Music lovers are in for a treat this Saturday when Kathleen Battle, one of the greatest soprano’s of her era, performs at the annual Christmas concert of the Chamber Players of Canada.

A five-time Grammy award winner, Battle has a wide-ranging repertoire that covers three centuries worth of music, from the Baroque era to modern compositions.

The performance on Saturday, December 21, is scheduled to take place at the Dominion-Chalmers United Church (355 Cooper), and is a fundraiser for both CHEO and initiatives by Music and Beyond to promote youth music.

The concert programme will include works by such composers as Vivaldi, Handel and Rimski-Korsakov, as well as a selection of spirituals and holiday season favourites like We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

Accompanying Battle will be the Chamber Players of Canada, as well as special guests the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, the Capital Chamber Choir, and the Nepean High School Choir.

Also on the bill is Dr. Fraser Rubens, a cardiac surgeon at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute who is also a recognized tenor.  This combination of medicine and music is a perfect fit for this fundraiser.

For those who want to make a donation to Music and Beyond, which has been organizing an annual summer music festival since 2010, you can do so on their web site.

Kathleen Battle performs at the Dominion-Chalmers United Church (355 Cooper), on Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets can be puchased online and are $40, $60 or $100 for adults.  Students can pay at a discounted rate of $30.  A special fundraising ticket can be purchased for $400, which includes VIP seating, a reception and tax receipt for $275.

Tickets are also available at the following locations: