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Friday, October 16, 2009

Ottawa Chamber Music Society ~ Arion Baroque Orchestra

Beautiful and impressive playing like this sets the standards to which others must aspire.
- Early Music Review (United Kingdom)

Ottawa (October 13, 2009) The Ottawa Chamber Music Society (OCMS), under the Artistic Direction of Roman Borys, the Gryphon Trio, in partnership with Front+Centre/Shenkman Arts Centre presents the first concert of the OCMS annual fall/winter Concert Series. The Arion Baroque Orchestra will perform on Saturday, October 17 at 8 PM at the Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Orleans.

Arion is a Montreal-based baroque orchestra which performs on period instruments. Arions concerts have been unanimously acclaimed for their clarity and gusto, as well as their refined and expressive performances which have been chosen from a wide array of early music works. Their program will include works by Vivaldi, Telemann, Locatelli and Johann Sebastian Bach. This concert is a co-production with Front+Centre/Shenkman Arts Centre, the first of two during the 2009/2010 OCMS Concert Series.

...this is generally music-making of such high quality and imagination that, regardless of what you may have heard before, there are plenty of new insights to be had.
- Laurence Vittes, Gramophone

The Arion ensemble was founded in 1981 by flautist Claire Guimond, violinist Chantal Rmillard, gambist Betsy MacMillan and harpsichordist Hank Knox. Claire Guimond has been Arions artistic director ever since its first concerts. Meticulous attention to detail has placed Arions artistic achievements amongst those of the greatest current early music ensembles.

By playing on period instruments, the Arion players want to recreate the sound and colours that the composer originally intended for the music. It takes away a couple of hundred years in between the composer and you, flautist Claire Guimond says. It sounds like the music was composed today for those instruments with its original colours. It speaks the music better. (Vue Weekly)

A recipient of numerous awards and grants, Arion has toured extensively throughout Canada, Europe, Mexico and the United States. Arions discography features 25 CDs, distributed internationally both as a quartet and in a larger setting with the collaboration of such fine artists as soprano Suzie LeBlanc, mezzo Kimberly Barber, countertenors Matthew White and Daniel Taylor, as well as some of the countrys top baroque soloists.

OCMS Concert Series
The OCMS annual fall/winter Concert Series promises exceptional artistry and great variety. We are thrilled to present the world-class talents of the Arion Baroque Orchestra, the Cantata Singers and Capital BrassWorks, the Wrttemburg Chamber Orchestra of Heilbronn, Rob Kapilow, Cecilia String Quartet, the Tallis Scholars, and of course the Gryphon Trio. What a phenomenal series we have to look forward to! said Glenn Hodgins, Executive Director of the OCMS.

In the spirit of community interaction and collaboration, the OCMS has welcomed opportunities to partner with the new Shenkman Arts Centre, the Cantata Singers/Capital BrassWorks and the Ottawa New Music Creators. Helping other organizations in the community achieve their goals while adding quality and programming diversity to our own concert offerings is a winning formula. The Shenkman Arts Centre is an outstanding new venue that allows the OCMS to get closer to a community that for many years championed chamber music with its own chamber music series. Collaborating with the Cantata Singers and Capital BrassWorks gives us the opportunity commemorate Remembrance Day on a grand scale, and our partnering with the Ottawa New Music Creators helps give this new organization the momentum and presence it requires in order to continue its very important work for years to come, says Roman Borys.

Ticket Information

Full 2009-2010 Concert Series details are available on the OCMS website at

Subscription benefits include: access to the best seats in the house, a 40% savings off single tickets, and the ability to exchange tickets for other concerts during the season. Single tickets are also available. For more information, please contact the OCMS office at 613-234-6306.

Mark your calendars! Chamberfest 2010 will take place from July 24 to August 7.

The Ottawa Chamber Music Society gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors, partners and donors.

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