A warm welcome to our 34th season. Once again we are pleased to bring you a captivating variety of programmes – both instrumental and vocal. Listen to wonderful music performed by world-class musicians in the intimate, historic and acoustically-superb Almonte Old Town Hall – exactly how chamber music is meant to be heard.
A Celebration of Song
Elmer Iseler Singers
Lydia Adams – Conductor / Artistic Director
Saturday, October 26th 2013, 8:00 p.m.
One of Canada’s most illustrious choral ensembles, this twenty-voice chamber choir founded in 1979 opens our season with a performance of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Rita MacNeil, Allister MacGillivray, Peter Togni, Tobin Stokes, and others.
During the afternoon, the choir will be offering a workshop open to local choristers, giving them the opportunity to participate in the performance!Workshop Registration Form
A Stradivarius Christmas – SOLD OUT
Jasper Wood – violin
David Riley – piano
Saturday, December 7th 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Our Christmas concert has always been a highlight of the holiday season in the community, and it is a tradition that you will not want to miss. This year, one of Canada’s top violinists and his long-time collaborative pianist will put listeners in a festive mood with a seasonal program of elegant jazzy renditions of all-time Christmas favourites, exquisitely adapted for violin and piano.
Perchance to Dream
Charles Daniels – tenor
Les Voix humaines
Sylvain Bergeron – archlute
Saturday, February 1st 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Charles Daniels, perhaps the best early music tenor in the world, is joined by the award-winning Les Voix humaines, an immensely skilled viola da gamba duo comprised of Susie Napper and Margaret Little, and the redoubtable archlutenist Sylvain Bergeron. Together they will dispel a cold winter’s night with a programme of English music dating exclusively from
around the middle of the 17th century, notably by Henry Purcell, William and Henry Lawes, Christopher Simpson, John Jenkins, and Nicholas Lanier.
The Great War
Maxim Bernard – piano
Saturday, March 8th 2014, 8:00 p.m.
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, pianist Maxim Bernard, one of the most promising artists of the new generation, will present a thoughtful programme of solo piano music written during the WWI era, with works by Gabriel Fauré, Carl Nielsen, Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Maurice Ravel, Nicolai Medtner, Béla Bartók, and Sergei Prokofiev.
War Imprisonment – War Empowerment
James Campbell – clarinet
Saturday, April 12th 2014, 8:00 p.m.
The effects of war are catastrophic but even during the darkest moments in history, the power of music is able to transcend human suffering. Now in its 20th year, the internationally-renowned Gryphon Trio is joined by virtuoso clarinetist James Campbell to perform two masterworks of the chamber music repertoire – Maurice Ravel’s Piano Trio and Olivier Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps – composed because of war but for very different reasons.