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!”
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.
For the full article by Shireen Agharazi-Dormani, visit the Apt613 Web site. Photo of Carson Becke by Tam Lan Photography.