The National Capital Region is teeming with musical talent. This is particularly true for choral music, as our region is blessed with numerous troupes who perform beautiful repertoires.
One exciting group is the Capital Chamber Choir, a 24-person ensemble formed four years ago that focuses primarily on Canadian choral music, including the works of contemporary Ottawa-based composers. The group will be performing this coming Friday, December 6, at the Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar at Elgin).
“We have evolved quite a bit since 2009,” says Cait Hurcomb, general manager of the Capital Chamber Choir. “We have grown in number and in audience.”
If you view a video of the choir in rehearsal you can see why this Friday’s concert is an exciting event. Comprised of young singers that range in age from 18 to their mid-30s, the group produces a truly gorgeous sound.
Titled Requiem et Lux – rest and light in Latin – the upcoming concert will include a piece with the same name by Canadian composer Peter-Anthony Togni. (Click here to see a video of an instrumental performance of Togni’s work).
With a focus on the themes of rest and light, the concert marks the transition from fall and the time of remembrance, to the period of celebration that is the holiday season and the coming of light marked by the winter solstice.
Among the composers whose work will be performed is a piece by Canadian Jocelyn Morlock, as well as the premiere of a new work by local composer and Capital Chamber Choir member Timothy Mott.
“This is the first time I have done something by Tim,” says Jamie Loback, artistic director of the choir, who is very excited about the debut of Mott’s work. “He’s really quite new.”
When asked to describe the choral music scene in the National Capital Region, Loback replies that our region is very fortunate. A key reason for this is that there are a wide range of local choirs, from high school ensembles to troupes with retired members to everything in between.
“One thing that I think we have a big advantage with is our youth choirs,” says Loback, who also leads the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir.
This new generation of musical talent, he adds, builds on an existing network that includes such groups as the Cantata Singers of Ottawa and the Ottawa Choral Society. “There is a multi-generational choir scene,” says Loback.
Hurcomb echoes this view, by saying that our region has a lot to be proud of. “I am under the impression that Ottawa is quite friendly for musical talent,” she says. “We often don’t recognize the talent that we have.”
The Capital Chamber Choir perform on Friday, December 6, at the Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar at Elgin). The concert starts at 8 pm and regular tickets are $20 or $15 for students. There is a $5 discount if you purchase advance tickets at The Leading Note (370 Elgin St., Suite No. 2.)