2020 concerts

Le sacré parmi nous – presented via Livestream

Join us on Saturday afternoon, live, on YouTube, for beautiful, devotional music, inspired by timeless Gregorian themes.

Several of the tenors and basses from Caelis Academy Ensemble choir will sing Maurice Durufle’s transcendent Messe Cum Jubilo, along with the Gregorian hymn, Adoro te, devote. Michael Carty will sing the baritone solo, and Matthew will direct from the organ.

Concert will livestream from Southminster United Church in Ottawa, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020. https://youtu.be/ceZxmbVonKg

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.