2020 concerts

J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion

Dating from Bach’s first year in Leipzig, this immortal work was heard for the first time in 1724 in that city’s Nikolaikirche. It is an epic setting in oratorio form of St. John’s narrative of the Passion story. CAELIS will be joined by soloists Asitha Tennekoon (Evangelist), Clarence Frazer (Christus), and Christopher Mallory (Pilatus). Alongside will be sopranos Abigail Potter and Dominique Saulnier, countertenor Andrew Robar, tenor Nicholas Savage, and baritones Michael Carty and Gabriel Delannoy. The Ottawa Baroque Consort joins us for this very special performance, in the Mazenod Chapel of St. Paul University, on Friday April 3rd at 7:30 PM.

Past concerts

Le sacré parmi nous

This concert celebrates the prayerful, impressionistic aesthetic of the French cathedral tradition, as exemplified by the music of French composers Maurice Durufle and Jean Langlais, alongside esteemed Ottawa composer Gilles Leclerc. The tenors and basses of CAELIS will sing Durufle’s Messe Cum Jubilo, with baritone soloist Michael Carty, Matthew Larkin at the organ, and directed by guest conductor Michel Guimont. Organ works by all three composers will also be featured, and the concert takes place in the sumptuous acoustic of Église Saint-François d’Assise, on Saturday, February 15 at 7:30 PM.

Lumen ad Revelationem

Nunc dimittis servum tuum..lumen ad revelationem gentium”

The ancient traditional feast of Candlemas is the inspiration for this concert, which was described by one hymn writer as a day “when Christmas meets Easter.” Two years ago, we offered a concert on this theme, and we will repeat the sentiment with an exciting repertoire on Saturday February 1 at 7:30 PM, in the magnificent setting of St. Paul University’s Mazenod Chapel. In collaboration with the orchestral musicians of the Ottawa Baroque Consort, we will present Antonio Vivaldi’s seminal Gloria, and devotional motets by Blitheman, Byrd, Eccard, Parsons, Purcell, and Walther.

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Andrew Ager’s “A Christmas Carol” is an entertaining musical setting of the Dickens tale.  Featuring the main characters from the story, it narrates Scrooge’s harrowing night before Christmas and puts a wry twist on the close of the plot.  With music, dance, colorful instrumentation, and a humorous cast of characters, “A Christmas Carol” is the perfect way to spend a frosty winter evening.