Event Highlights 2020-2021

Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2021

2020-2021: A YEAR IN PICTURES

In a year of ever-changing restrictions due to the pandemic, we still managed to have a busy season of virtual events - lectures, recordings, masterclasses, concerts and student recitals - all while adhering to our strict safety measures.

 

Composer Talks and Other Lecture Series

Six fascinating composers were featured in the Composer Talks Online series, made possible thanks to the support of the Micheline Beaudry Somcynsky Fund: Ana Sokolovic, Alex Young, Dorothy Chang, Samy Moussa, Laura Karpman and Dinuk Wijeratne.

The Research sector presented an online Colloquium in October featuring Lori Burns and Julie Pedneault-Deslauriers. Our Graduate Music Students’ Association had an active year, hosting online lectures with Jada Watson, Remi Chiu among others, and capping off the year with the GMSA Internal Conference in April.

 

Music at Tabaret

We presented two concerts – Complete Beethoven Piano & Cello Sonatas in December and City Loves in March – livestreamed on YouTube to a broad audience throughout Ottawa, across Canada and overseas.

Photo of Axel Strauss, Olivia Moaddel, Paul Marleyn, Rachel Mercer, Katherine Moran and Jethro Marks at Tabaret Hall

Axel Strauss, Olivia Moaddel, Paul Marleyn, Rachel Mercer, Katherine Moran and Jethro Marks join forces to perform Tchaikovsky’s String Sextet in D minor "Souvenir de Florence"

 

Orchestra

Recording sessions of small string ensembles from the uOttawa Orchestra took place in Tabaret in the winter and spring.

uOttawa Orchestra string section

A string ensemble performs with Trevor Wilson conducting during one of the April recording sessions at Tabaret

 

Wind and Brass Ensembles

Small groups from the Wind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble classes recorded works in Tabaret.

A flute quartet with Emma Zajac, Isaiah Guy, Annabelle Sanloie and Chloe Geller recording in the spring

A flute quartet with Emma Zajac, Isaiah Guy, Annabelle Sanloie and Chloe Geller recording in the spring

 

Choirs

The Calixa Lavallée Choir and Choral Ensemble recorded several works throughout the year; individual recordings would be submitted by the students, then synchronized to create a video montage.

The Choral Ensemble recording of Eleanor Daley’s In Flanders Fields released on Remembrance Day 2020

The Choral Ensemble recording of Eleanor Daley’s In Flanders Fields released on Remembrance Day 2020

 

Opera

The Opera Class staged and recorded the Benjamin Britten opera Turn of the Screw in February, with the singers performing to the pre-recorded chamber orchestra, and followed up with a recording of Opera Scenes in April.

The full, masked cast and crew from the recording session of Turn of the Screw

The full, masked cast and crew from the recording session of Turn of the Screw

Soprano Madeleine Levesque performs an aria from Handel’s Agrippina for the Opera Scenes recording

Soprano Madeleine Levesque performs an aria from Handel’s Agrippina for the Opera Scenes recording

 

Chamber Music

Six concerts, three in each semester, featured our Chamber Music Ensembles, in a mix of live performances in Pérez and those streamed in from other locations.

Renée Lavoie, Dalton Mooring and Chantal Prouse perform the Beethoven Trio in C major (arranged by Robert King) during a December Chamber Music Ensemble concert

Renée Lavoie, Dalton Mooring and Chantal Prouse perform the Beethoven Trio in C major (arranged by Robert King) during a December Chamber Music Ensemble concert

 

Cello Ensemble

The creative cello studio of Paul Marleyn combined efforts to put together a recording of Piazzolla’s Fuga y Misterio (arrangement by Peter Hysen) which they released on YouTube in May.

The University of Ottawa Cello Ensemble

The University of Ottawa Cello Ensemble

 

Masterclasses

Our students participated in a number of online masterclasses with an impressive list of musicians: Martin Beaver, James Campbell, Michelle Cheramy, Graham Cozzubbo, James Ehnes, Joseph Elworthy, Johannes Moser, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Alexander Shelley, Daniel Vnukowski, Bryan Wagorn and Mimi Zweig.

Emma Reader-Lee performs the Korngold Violin Concerto in D major in the online masterclass with James Ehnes (NAC collaboration) in November

Emma Reader-Lee performs the Korngold Violin Concerto in D major in the online masterclass with James Ehnes (NAC collaboration) in November

Pianist Emily Hou tackles the Chopin Ballade no. 2 in F major in Freiman Hall for the online masterclass with Charles Richard-Hamelin in February

Pianist Emily Hou tackles the Chopin Ballade no. 2 in F major in Freiman Hall for the online masterclass with Charles Richard-Hamelin in February

Brass professors Karen Donnelly, Lawrence Vine, Martin Labrosse, and Douglas Burden along with student Paul Dubinski perform together in Tabaret for our virtual Brass Day (sponsored by Yamaha Canada)

Brass professors Karen Donnelly, Lawrence Vine, Martin Labrosse, and Douglas Burden along with student Paul Dubinski perform together in Tabaret for our virtual Brass Day (sponsored by Yamaha Canada)

 

Recitals

A recital season of 65 livestreamed events recorded at Tabaret Hall appeared on YouTube throughout April and May.

Soprano Rebecca Nadler singing Schubert’s Auf dem Strom during her recital at Tabaret with Nadia Boucher, piano and Chantal Prouse, horn

Soprano Rebecca Nadler singing Schubert’s Auf dem Strom during her recital at Tabaret with Nadia Boucher, piano and Chantal Prouse, horn

Jonathan Na, Lucas Olsen-Willford, Esmée Gilbert and Keren Canche Mass join violinist Kate Moran during her May recital to perform the Dvořák Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81

Jonathan Na, Lucas Olsen-Willford, Esmée Gilbert and Keren Canche Mass join violinist Kate Moran during her May recital to perform the Dvořák Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81

 

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