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We are delighted to perform these uplifting pieces for our Ottawa audience during our fall concert.

Feel the Spirit

  • December 9th & 10th, 2016
  • Orleans United Church (directions)
  • 1111 Orleans Boulevard, Orleans K1C 7C8
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: $20 free for children under 14
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Join Coro Vivo Ottawa in a festive celebration of spirit featuring the work of John Rutter in an arrangement of African-American spiritual music centred on seven spirituals arranged for choir and mezzo-soprano soloist. ‘Feel the Spirit’ received its concert première at Carnegie Hall in June 2001. Rutter is one of England's best-known composers and foremost music scholars of the late 20th century. Presented under the skillful baton of Antonio Llaca, each piece is familiar and well-known, but Rutter’s interpretation makes them fresh and new. Other seasonal, renowned and favourite spirituals are included in a program to welcome the holiday season.

Come and enjoy music with Coro Vivo Ottawa and OSG

Carmina Burana

  • March 31st and April 1st, 2017
  • Maison de la Culture de Gatineau
  • 855 Blvd. de la Gappe, Gatineau, QC
  • Time: 8:00 pm
  • Tickets: $49 (available through OSG)

In collaboration with the Orchestre symphonique de Gatineau and the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Music, Coro Vivo joins forces to present Carl Orff’s scenic cantata 'Carmina Burana', a blockbuster of music featuring massed choirs including professional soloists, children’s choir, men’s chorus and large SATB choir. Be sure not to miss this spectacle of sound showcasing one of the most popular pieces of classical music repertoire.

Come and enjoy music with Coro Vivo Ottawa spring concert

Coro Vivo Presents:
A Choral Celebration

  • May 13th, 2017
  • Orleans United Church (directions)
  • 1111 Orleans Boulevard, Orleans K1C 7C8
  • Time: 8:00 pm
  • Tickets: $20 free for children under 14

Celebrating the music of choral composers from diverse cultures, Coro Vivo Ottawa is pleased to present exciting repertoire from extraordinary choral masters including works from Matamoros, Brahms, Palestrina, Sirett and Sled. Join us in the celebration of musical diversity and a program that highlights Canadian composers and 150 years of Confederation. We invite you to join Coro Vivo, under the direction of Antonio Llaca, in a program that promises to be a tribute to choral celebration.

Our season also includes "Sing-outs" at seniors' residences

Coro Vivo past concerts

Lux Aeterna: Songs of Light

Friday April 24, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
St. Joseph’s Church
151 Laurier Ave. East, Ottawa

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Friday April 24, 2015

Coro Vivo Ottawa presents

Lux Aeterna: Songs of Light

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Artists personnel

  • Louise Léveillé - Accompanist
  • Antonio Llaca - Conductor

Venue

St. Joseph’s Church
151 Laurier Ave. East
Ottawa

Coro Vivo Celebrates 30 Christmases

Friday & Saturday December 5 & 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Orleans United Church
1111 Orleans Blvd. Orleans

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Friday & Saturday December 5 & 6, 2014

Coro Vivo Ottawa presents

Coro Vivo Celebrates 30 Christmases

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Artists personnel

  • Louise Léveillé - Accompanist
  • Antonio Llaca - Conductor

Venue

Orleans United Church
1111 Orleans Blvd. Orleans
Ottawa

A Grand Night for Singing: 30 Years with Coro Vivo

Friday May 9, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Orleans United Church
1111 Orléans Blvd., Ottawa

CVO will turn thirty in January 2014, marking entrance into our fourth decade of song. We invite you to our celebration concert, featuring thirty years of community and music-making. This celebratory program will encompass some of Coro Vivo’s favourite pieces as chosen by the singers themselves. Coro Vivo has a long tradition of rich and varied programming as offered through the years. We wish to invite you to this unique performance, under the direction of Antonio Llaca, which is sure to be a euphoric celebration of thirty years of singing for the Ottawa community.

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Friday December 6 and Saturday December 7, 2013

Coro Vivo Ottawa presents

Christmas à la Baroque

In collaboration with Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau, Coro Vivo has teamed up with professional soloists to present an exciting performance featuring one of the most famous works of classical music: Requiem in D minor (KV 626). Considered to be an emblematic work of the great composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem is a legacy that reflects the undeniable genius of the man who many believe was writing his own requiem mass. This great work, with wonderful chorus and orchestration, is a staple of classical music.

Artists personnel

  • Louise Léveillé - Accompanist
  • Antonio Llaca - Conductor

Venue

Orleans United Church
1111 Orleans Blvd.
Ottawa

Mozart Requiem

April 4 and 5, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Maison de la Culture de Gatineau
855 Blvd. de la Gappe, Gatineau

In collaboration with Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau, Coro Vivo has teamed up with professional soloists to present an exciting performance featuring one of the most famous works of classical music: Requiem in D minor (KV 626). Considered to be an emblematic work of the great composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem is a legacy that reflects the undeniable genius of the man who many believe was writing his own requiem mass. This great work, with wonderful chorus and orchestration, is a staple of classical music.

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Christmas à la Baroque

December 6 and 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Orleans United Church
1111 Orléans Blvd., Ottawa

Every year the voices of Coro Vivo Ottawa welcome the holiday season with an outstanding concert. This year is no exception. We invite you to join us for a concert that will awaken your holiday spirit. We start our musical season by celebrating with a holiday program featuring some dazzling pieces from the Baroque musical period. Join us for a performance of Christmas favourites such as Bach’s Cantata Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, a master piece of the baroque period and one of Bach’s beloved cantatas. This varied program of Christmas music will also feature Estaban Salas’ villancinco Escuchen el concento, a gem of colonial music that is seldom performed. We invite you to join Coro Vivo, under the direction of Antonio Llaca, in a program that promises to be an outstanding experience both for the audience and our singers.

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Friday December 6 and Saturday December 7, 2013

Coro Vivo Ottawa presents

Christmas à la Baroque

Guest Artists and Artistic Team

  • Louise Léveillé - Accompanist
  • Antonio Llaca - Conductor
  • Mark Wilkinson - Bass
  • Carolyn Beaudoin - Soprano
  • Lydia Piehl - Mezzo-Soprano
  • Anthony Boxell - Tenor

Venue

Orleans United Church
1111 Orleans Blvd.
Ottawa

Music for Romantics

ASaturday May 11, 2013 at 8:00 p.m & Sunday May 12, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa
550 Cumberland Street, Ottawa

Join Coro Vivo for this performance of some of Europe’s best choral compositions of the XIX century. This program will showcase the music of composers such as Brahms and Schubert whose compositions defined an era in music. We are very proud of our community involvement and this is why we have developed a series of concerts aiming to enrich the musical appreciation abilities of our audience. This concert is part of our popular commented concert series, where our director will share his remarks about the music between each piece. We invite you to take part in this exciting tour of XIX century music in Europe led by the skilled voices of Coro Vivo Ottawa, under the direction of Antonio Llaca.

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Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, 2013

Coro Vivo Ottawa presents

Music for Romantics

 

A Benefit concert for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation

Join Coro Vivo for this performance of some of Europe’s best choral compositions of the XIX century. This program will showcase the music of composers such as Brahms and Schubert whose compositions defined an era in music. We are very proud of our community involvement and this is why we have developed a series of concerts aiming to enrich the musical appreciation abilities of our audience. This concert is part of our popular commented concert series, where our director will share his remarks about the music between each piece. We invite you to take part in this exciting tour of XIX century music in Europe led by the skilled voices of Coro Vivo Ottawa, under the direction of Antonio Llaca.

Guest Artists and Artistic Team

  • Antonio Llaca - Conductor
  • Louise Léveillé - Accompanist

Venue

Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa
550 Cumberland Street
Ottawa

Misa Cubana

February 9, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Knox Presbyterian Church
120 Lisgar Street, Ottawa

Coro Vivo Ottawa is excited to present José María Vitier’s Misa Cubana. Composed in 1996, this is one of Cuba’s musical masterpieces. This outstanding hour-long work for orchestra and choir marries the traditional catholic mass with Cuban rhythms such as son, contradanza and punto guajiro. Misa Cubana is a unique and vibrant choral work that encompasses universal values in the idiom of Cuban music. We are thrilled to present this little-known-to-North-America work to our Ottawa audience, right before the choir’s tour to Havana, Cuba in February 2013. Coro Vivo invites you to be a part of this exciting performance where the ensemble will be joined by orchestra and soloists, all under the baton of Antonio Llaca. Click here for more information.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Coro Vivo Ottawa presents

Misa Cubana

Coro Vivo Ottawa is excited to present José María Vitier’s Misa Cubana. Composed in 1996, this is one of Cuba’s musical masterpieces. This outstanding hour-long work for orchestra and choir marries the traditional catholic mass with Cuban rhythms such as son, contradanza and punto guajiro. Misa Cubana is a unique and vibrant choral work that encompasses universal values in the idiom of Cuban music. We are thrilled to present this little-known-to-North-America work to our Ottawa audience, right before the choir’s tour to Havana, Cuba in February 2013. Coro Vivo invites you to be a part of this exciting performance where the ensemble will be joined by orchestra and soloists, all under the baton of Antonio Llaca.

Guest Artists and Artistic Team

  • Antonio Llaca - Conductor
  • Louise Léveillé - Accompanist
  • Ania Hejnar - Soprano
  • Whitney O'Hearn - Mezzo-soprano
  • Jeffery Boyd - Tenor

Venue

Knox Presbyterian Church
120 Lisgar Street
Ottawa

Back Home for Christmas

December 7 and 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Orleans United Church
81111 Orléans Blvd., Ottawa

This year’s first concert of the season welcomes our audience with a cornucopia of Christmas favourites. Let your holiday season start at Coro Vivo Ottawa’s concert. Join us and feel the Christmas spirit with a program showcasing beloved seasonal favourites sung with artistry by the outstanding voices of Coro Vivo Ottawa. In keeping with the ensemble’s longstanding tradition, we are presenting a program that re-affirms the community values that characterize Coro Vivo. This is an exceptional program of Christmas classics, complete with audience sing-alongs. Join the Coro Vivo community under the direction of Antonio Llaca in this year’s Christmas offering.

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Old Music of the New World

May 5, 2012 at 8:30 p.m.
St.Joseph Church
174 Wilbrod Street, Ottawa

Musical production in the Americas was an early affair. Shortly after the conquistadores’ arrival in the New World, European-styled music began to be performed. Coro Vivo’s second concert of the season: Old Music of the New World explores the early choral music of the Americas. This program brings back to life forgotten compositions performed and conceived for some of the New World’s oldest cathedrals. We are very proud to present such repertoire to our Ottawa audience. This is music that elevates the spirit and we look forward to performing it in concert for you. Join Coro Vivo Ottawa, orchestra and soloists, all under the baton of Antonio Llaca for this evening of memorable compositions.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Coro Vivo Ottawa presents

Old Music of the New World

 

A Benefit concert for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation

Musical production in the Americas was an early affair, shortly after the conquistadores’ arrival in the New World, European-styled music began to be performed. Coro Vivo’s second concert of the season: Old Music of the New World explores the early choral music of the Americas. This program brings back to life forgotten compositions performed and conceived for some of the New World’s oldest cathedrals.

Coro Vivo presents a concert of some of the Americas’ most fascinating music. Starting with the humble yet exulting Hanacpachap Cussicuinin, the first piece of polyphonic music printed in the New World. Published in 1631 by Spanish missionary priest Juan Pérez Bocanegra, Hanacpachap is a processional hymn whose Quechua text is set to European renaissance harmony. William Billings, one of the great American musicians, would compose his famous hymn O praise the Lord of Heaven a century after Bocanegra’s publication. Billings’ work is equally uplifting and majestic, written in a unique style that characterized him, setting him apart from contemporary composers. The cathedral of Mexico City would witness one of the Americas’ greatest baroque masters conceive his music within its walls. Manuel de Zumaya was one of Mexico’s greatest and most talented composers, a master of the baroque Italian style, he was also a master of the Spanish renaissance style of Victoria and Morales. His work Celebren, Publiquen, Entonen y Canten is a masterpiece of the Americas. This hymn, dedicated to the Virgin Mary is fireworks set to music, an explosion of joy where the double choir and orchestra dialogue in intricate counterpoint. In the Caribbean, Don Esteban Salas y Castro would fulfill the same duties as Zumaya in Mexico. Salas is often referred to as the first Cuban musician. A native of Havana, Salas moved to Santiago de Cuba at age 30 where he occupied the position of Maestro de Capilla until his death. His motet Ave Maris Stella is a miniature gem showcasing his ability as a composer and great understanding of his craft to the service of beauty. Salas composed a large number of works while in Santiago de Cuba, many of them in the style of the great European baroque masters but always imprinting a unique and sincere Cuban character to his compositions. His Misa en Sol Menor is a great example of his understanding of European-styled music that mutated in a new hybrid proper of its new Cuban motherland.

This is a unique program of music and we are very proud to present such repertoire to our Ottawa audience. This program is filled with music that elevates the spirit, and we look forward to performing it in concert for you. Join Coro Vivo Ottawa, orchestra and soloists, all under the baton of Antonio Llaca for this evening of memorable compositions.

Guest Artists and Artistic Team

  • Antonio Llaca - Conductor
  • Louise Léveillé - Accompanist
  • Joan Fearnley - Soprano
  • Jeffrey Boyd - Tenor

Venue

St. Joseph's Church
147 Wilbrod Street
Ottawa

Northern Lights

December 2 and 3, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Orleans United Church
81111 Orléans Blvd., Ottawa

Canadian choral tradition is rich, characterized by a musical language that is equal to none, and that is well known around the world. Coro Vivo Ottawa will celebrate the uniqueness of Canadian choral compositions in the first concert of its 28th musical season: Northern Lights. We are very proud to present this program showcasing the music of our nation’s composers. This is a concert filled with exceptional compositions and we are looking forward to performing these pieces for our Ottawa audiences. Join Coro Vivo Ottawa, under Antonio Llaca’s baton, in this memorable evening of Canadian music.

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December 2 and 3, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Coro Vivo Ottawa presents

Northern Lights

Canadian choral tradition is rich, characterized by a musical language that is equal to none, and that is well known around the world. Coro Vivo Ottawa will celebrate the uniqueness of Canadian choral compositions in the first concert of its 28th musical season: Northern Lights. This is a program full of colours and flavours from our country.

Coro Vivo proposes a program of outstanding Canadian compositions starting with Stephanie Martin’s uplifting Ave Verum Corpus, a moving setting of the Latin text and a gem of our nation’s choral repertoire. The program continues with Stephen Chatman’s Missa Brevis, written in 2007, in four contrasting movements that demonstrate his versatility, creativity and unique compositional style. The traditional French carol Dors, Dors, Dors arranged by John Sallman, Jing-ga-lye-ya by Bruce Sled and Eleanor Daly’s arrangement of the Huron Carol will infuse our program with an unequivocal Christmas flavour. Mark Sirett’s sweet arrangement of Berceuse Acadienne will close the first half of the concert.

Tim Corlis’ uplifting and contemplative Benedictus from his Missa Pax is the piece chosen to open the second half of the concert with its haunting melody and rich harmonic progressions. Stephen Eisenhauer’s arrangement of an Iroquois Lullaby will follow. This is yet another piece exulting beauty and tenderness. Edward Henderson arranged the traditional Catalonian carol Fum, Fum, Fum, with its dancing rhythm, this is a piece full of holiday spirit and Henderson’s tasteful arrangement emphasizes its joyous character. Closer to home, the Three Appalachians Carols arranged by Donald Patriquin are another example of tastefully composed music from Canada. This suite of three carols depicts the story of the nativity with harmonic mastery. The program continues with Mark Sirett’s Dormi Jesu, with its soft-rocking lullaby feel and thought-out text setting. Coro Vivo closes its concert with the arrangement of the spiritual I’m gonna live so God can use me by Ron Smail and the Island Spinning Song by Donald Patriquin, both pieces full of character and great impetus.

We are very proud to present this program showcasing the music of some of our nation’s best composers. This is a concert filled with exceptional compositions and we are looking forward to performing these pieces for our Ottawa audiences. Join Coro Vivo Ottawa, under Antonio Llaca’s baton, in this memorable evening of Canadian music.

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Venue

Orleans United Church
1111 Orléans Blvd.
Ottawa

Hooray for Hollywood: Greatest hits from Broadway and Hollywood

Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
École Gisèle-Lalonde
500 Millennium Boulevard, Ottawa

Coro Vivo completes its season with an exciting trip from Broadway to Hollywood. With favorites ranging from the 1920s all the way to the present day, this is a performance not to be missed.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Coro Vivo Ottawa presents

Hooray for Hollywood!

Coro Vivo Ottawa is pleased to announce that the winner of our May 7th CHEO Raffle, a trip for two anywhere that West Jet flies, is ticket #0836 held be Vinca Dupresne. Congratulations to Vinca and thank you to all that participated in this raffle!

Come join us for a night of drama and excitement when Coro Vivo Ottawa (CVO) under Antonio Llaca’s baton brings you all your favourites hits from Broadway to Hollywood!

Going as far back as Hollywood's golden age, CVO performs the choral version of the 1937 hit "Hooray for Hollywood!" Not to be forgotten from that time period is "The Trolley Song," made famous by Judy Garland's performance in Meet Me in St. Louis. The talented CVO singers have chosen to perform the original version of this great hit. Completing early Hollywood is Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band.”

Moving forward to the 1950-60s, we find our way to Broadway, and bring you selections from the famous musicals West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music.

Finally, from the modern era, we bring you operatic hits from Andrew Lloyd Webber, including the fiery, passionate anthem "Phantom of the Opera" and the beautifully haunting and moving "Pie Jesu" from his Requiem.

There is something for everyone at this concert. Join CVO’s sixty-five strong singers and celebrate some of Broadway and Hollywood's greatest musical achievements!

Guest Artists and Artistic Team

  • Antonio Llaca - Conductor
  • Louise Léveillé - Accompanist

Venue

École Gisèle-Lalonde
500 Millenium Boulevard
Orleans

Coro Vivo and the Ottawa Symphonic Ensemble: OSE Inaugural Gala

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Canadian Museum of Civilization
100 Laurier Street, Gatineau

Coro Vivo joins the Ottawa Symphonic Ensemble (OSE) in its Inaugural Gala Concert. The evening will include music from Korea as well as Handel's Zadok the Priest.

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Armonia Rinascimentale: European Madrigals from the XVI and XVII centuries

Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa
550 Cumberland Street, Ottawa

Coro Vivo presents a host of madrigals! Hear works by Juan del Encina, Thomas Morley, and more. Join the choir for this wonderful Renaissance and Baroque era program. Antonio Llaca, Musical Director, will provide commentary between pieces and share some of the fascinating background on the roots of this music.

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Sunday, February 20, 2010

Coro Vivo Ottawa presents

Armonia Rinascimentale: European Madrigals from the 16th and 17th centuries

This season's second concert presents a host of madrigals!, Hear works by Juan del Encina, Josquin Desprez, Thomas Morley, and more. Join the choir for this wonderful Renaissance and Baroque era program.

Come experience the enchantment of this 65-voice ensemble, accompanied by professional musicians, under the baton of one of Ottawa’s youngest and most promising conductors, Antonio Llaca. Antonio will provide commentary between pieces and share some of the fascinating background on the roots of this music.

Guest Artists and Artistic Team

  • Antonio Llaca - Conductor
  • Louise Léveillé - Accompanist ??? was she there ???
  • Joanne Griffin
  • Richard Maurel
  • Marcia Phillips

Venue

Tabaret Hall - University of Ottawa
550 Cumberland Street
Ottawa

Meditatus: Jazz pieces for choir

Friday, November 26, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
Orleans United Church
1111 Orleans Blvd., Ottawa

Coro Vivo's first concert of the season presents a host of choral jazz, as it performs the North-American premiere of Meditatus, a jazz mass by Norwegian composer Gunnar Hoff. The choir will perform additional choral works by Cesar A. Carillo and Dave Brubeck.

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Friday, November 26 and Sunday, November 28, 2010

Coro Vivo Ottawa presents

Meditatus by Jan Gunnar Hoff (a choral jazz experience!)

Additional works by Cesar A. Carillo and Dave Brubeck

This season's first concert brings its audience a host of choral jazz. The first half features a cappella works by American jazz pianist, Dave Brubeck, and César Alejandro Carrillo. Brubeck is most widely known for his part in the Dave Brubeck Quartet during the 1950s and 1960s, though his works span more than 60 years. Coro Vivo will be presenting Benediction, Psalm 121, and We Three Kings, each showing a different element of Brubeck's amazing talent. Carrillo, a native of Venezuela, and still an active composer and conductor to several choirs in Caracas, has arranged some equally impressive works. Coro Vivo will perform O Magnum Mysterium, Ave Maria, and Elegia. Each is sure to elicit a sense of wonder for the beauty and purity of Carillo's sound.

The second half of the concert will deliver the North American premiere of Jan Gunnar Hoff's Meditatus. With a background in classical piano, progressive rock and jazz, the Norwegian has composed works for chamber orchestra, choir and other settings. Meditatus was a work commissioned for Bodø Cathedral Choir in 2004, and brings together the traditional mass and various elements of rock and jazz. Coro Vivo is excited to debut such a rich and original piece of music to the community.

Come experience the enchantment of this 65-voice ensemble, accompanied by professional musicians, under the baton of one of Ottawa’s youngest and most promising conductors, Antonio Llaca.

Guest Artists and Artistic Team

  • Antonio Llaca - Conductor / Guitar
  • Louise Léveillé - Accompanist
  • Jasmin Lalande - Saxophone
  • Paul Mach - Bass
  • Alex McFarlane - Percussion

Venue

Orleans United Church
1111 Orleans Boulevard
Ottawa

Gloria in D Major by Antonio Vivaldi and works by José Ángel Lamas

Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
Orleans United Church
1111 Orleans Blvd., Ottawa

Coro Vivo invites you to join the choir for a unique concert program featuring European and colonial sacred music from the 18th and early 19th centuries. The audience will experience the solemnity of José Angel Lamas’ masterfully conceived and seldom performed motet, Popule Meus, and the vivacious and brilliant counterpoint of baroque master Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria in D major. This concert, the second in Coro Vivo’s 2009-2010 concert series, will also feature the premiere of two motets by one of Lamas’ contemporaries: José Francisco Velázquez, recently found and reconstructed for performance.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Coro Vivo Ottawa presents

Gloria in D major by Antonio Vivaldi

Coro Vivo invites you to join the choir for a unique concert program featuring European and colonial sacred music from the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Coro Vivo invites you to join the choir for a unique concert program featuring European and colonial sacred music from the 18 Come experience the enchantment of this 65-voice ensemble, accompanied by orchestra and soloists, under the baton of one of Ottawa’s youngest and most promising conductors, Antonio Llaca.

The audience will experience the solemnity of José Angel Lamas’ masterfully conceived and seldom performed motet, Popule Meus, and the vivacious and brilliant counterpoint of baroque master Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria in D major. This concert, the second in Coro Vivo’s 2009-2010 concert series, will also feature the premiere of two motets by one of Lamas’ contemporaries: José Francisco Velázquez, recently found and reconstructed for performance.

For this performance, the choir welcomes as its soloists two gifted, young, up-and-coming local musicians: coloratura soprano Misty Banyard, and mezzo-soprano Whitney O’Hearn. This is certainly a performance not to be missed, and one that promises to bring the audience to its feet.

Guest Artists and Artistic Team

  • Antonio Llaca - Conductor
  • Misty Banyard - Coloratura Soprano
  • Whitney O'Hearn - Mezzo-Soprano
  • Louise Léveillé - Organ

Venue

St. Joseph's Church
151 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa

Biographies of Guest Artists

Christmas à la Baroque - December 2013

Mark Wilkinson - Bass

Mark Wilkinson Actor and singer Mark Wilkinson is a performing artist, teacher, and director. His performances have taken him across Canada and have been broadcast on CBC, in a range of media that spans theatre, concert, recital, chamber music, and voice-over work.

As a baritone soloist, recent highlights include Bach’s St. John Passion with the Choir of King’s College under Paul Halley; Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Richard Eaton Singers under Leonard Ratzlaff; Mozart’s Missa brevis in D with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and Da Camera Singers under John Brough; and his recital début with pianists Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata. When not diligently working as a public servant, Mark teaches acting and speech at the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama.

Carolyn Beaudoin – Soprano

Carolyn Beaudoin Soprano Carolyn Beaudoin is in her second year of a Masters of Music degree in vocal performance at the University of Ottawa under the direction of distinguished Canadian soprano Donna Brown. She has performed the roles of Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte with the University of Ottawa’s Opera Productions ensemble. She has also appeared as the soprano soloist in Fauré’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the University of Ottawa Orchestra under the direction of conductor Rennie Regehr. Ms. Beaudoin was a second place winner at the 2012 Canadian Music Competition National Finals. She has also recently been awarded with the Marie-Claire Guindon and Robert Major Fund, the Helen Nininger Scholarship in Fine Arts, the William H. Kelly Scholarship, the Guy Huot Memorial Scholarship, the Donald Metcalfe Memorial Scholarship for Young Artists, and the First Place Uxbridge Music Scholarship.Ms. Beaudoin received her Bachelor of Music degree in 2012 from the University of Ottawa, where she studied with renowned Canadian mezzo-soprano Sandra Graham. She has performed in master-classes with Michiel Schrey, Daniel Taylor, and Edith Wiens.

Anthony Boxell - Tenor

Anthony Boxell Tenor Anthony Boxell is currently completing his undergraduate degree in vocal performance at the University of Ottawa. He is in his 3rd year of studies under the guidance of Soprano Christiane Riel. Anthony performed Don Ottavio in the university's production of Don Giovanni and will be presenting his 3rd year recital in March.

 
Lydia Piehl – Mezzo-Soprano

Anthony Boxell Lydia Piehl is a Mezzo-Soprano currently in her fourth year of undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa Ontario. Up and coming performances include the role of Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the University of Ottawa's Opera Production. Lydia recently performed in the chorus of Ottawa's Opera Lyra in Carmen by Bizet at the National Art Center. Lydia has performed previously in the University of Ottawa's opera productions which include the roles of Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni. Lydia has also been a featured soloist in the university of Ottawa's Callixa-lavalee Choir and does classical vocal solo work throughout the city of Ottawa community.

Misa Cubana - February 2013

Ania Hejnar – Soprano

Ania Hejnar With critics already hailing her "pristine coloratura" and "outstanding interpretations," soprano Ania Hejnar is currently enjoying what many consider the inevitable result of her extraordinary voice and talent. Last year alone she won first prize in the Canadian Music Competition, where she was selected from nearly six hundred applicants, and asked to perform with the Orchestre Métropolitain under the baton of Alain Trudel. She also won the 2009 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition, resulting in a performance debut at Carnegie Hall, which then led to her being given a study grant for The Alexander & Buono Festival of Music, and a performance with an international array of artists as part of the Festival's final recital at New York's Kosciuszko's Foundation Auditorium.

Recently Ms. Hejnar won the 2011 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition that resulted in an invitation to a Carnegie Hall performance in January 2012. She also won the NYCO Mozart Vocal Competition, and has been invited to perform with the NYCO Symphony Orchestra in Toronto in March 2012. She returned to Carnegie Hall the following month as a featured guest artist for The Fifth Annual ABC Gala.

Ms. Hejnar began musical studies with the violin, performing her first recital at the age of three. She later joined the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra as a violinist, remaining a member for many years. She began her voice studies at age sixteen, developing the technique for the bel canto and coloratura works that have become a part of Hejnar's vocal signature.

Ms. Hejnar began her undergraduate work as a Bachelor of Music candidate at the University of Ottawa, studying under Professor Ingemar Korjus. This collaboration led to invitations to perform in a variety of works and venues, among them the University of Ottawa Opera Company, Opera Musica Orchestra and Opera Lyra Ottawa.

Having received her Master's Degree in the School of Music at the University of Ottawa, earlier this year, Ms. Hejnar has recently appeared as Lisa in the Altamura Center for the Arts production of La Sonnambula, under the baton of Maestro Michel Brousseau. Currently coaching with Madame Carmela Altamura and Barry Alexander in New York, Ms. Hejnar is preparing roles and concert repertoire for upcoming performances that include engagements in Canada and North America.

Whitney O'Hearn – Mezzo-soprano

Whitney O'Hearn Mezzo-soprano Whitney O’Hearn “has a warm and expressive voice and an amazing sense of line” (Ottawa Citizen). She is an up-and-coming Ottawa-Gatineau based vocal artist pursuing a career in opera and contemporary music. A prolific performer, Whitney seeks to make music more accessible through collaborating with composers and singing in unusual venues in a wide variety of traditional and unexpected ensembles.

As a voice teacher, she shares her insights and philosophy with students from a broad spectrum of genres.

Mrs. O’Hearn has received her Bachelor of Music as well as her Master’s of Music in vocal performance at the University of Ottawa School of Music, where she studied with renowned Canadian mezzo-soprano Sandra Graham. She has performed in numerous master classes and received coaching from Benita Valente, Gilbert Kalish, Donna Brown, and Russell Braun.

Whitney appeared as the title role in Bizet’s Carmen in January 2008 with the University of Ottawa School of Music opera production. She has also sung, amongst other roles, Mère Marie in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Maurya in Vaughn Williams’ Riders to the Sea and The Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aneas, and has been a soloist with Musica Viva, Coro Vivo Ottawa, The Elgin Singers, the choir of the First Baptist Church of Ottawa, the Ottawa New Music Creators, the Kanata Symphony Orchestra, the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.

In 2009, Whitney was invited as a guest artist to perform Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, Stony Brook, NY. She received the Frederick-Karam Scholarship, and she was the winner of the University of Ottawa Concerto Competition, where she performed Gustav Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer. She has recently performed in the Ottawa International Chamber Festival, the Festival Pontiac Enchanté, and she appeared as Mercedes in the wildly successful Carmen on Tap over its 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons.

Whitney is currently the alto soloist at the well established St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Ottawa and she continually brings old and new music to new places and audiences in an array of varied musical projects.

Jeffery Boyd – Tenor

Jeffery Boyd Hailed as “exciting to watch … and a joy to hear” (Daphna Levit,Opera Canada) and a “stylish soloist” (Steve Smith, New York Times) Ottawa tenor Jeffery Boyd is equally at home on both concert and operatic stages. With an undergraduate in performance from McGill and master's in voice from the University of Western Ontario, Jeff has featured recently in productions of Cosi Fan Tutte (Capital City Opera - Ferrando), the Magic Flute (Opera Kitchener - Tamino), and in the title role of Tales of Hoffman (Halifax Summer Opera Workshop). In concert he has performed with Ottawa's Cantata Singers and 13 Strings for Haydn's Stabat Mater and with the Ottawa Bach Choir, making his Carnegie Hall debut with them last year.

Jeffery appears later this month with Montreal's Opera da Camera as Basilio in Mozart's le Nozze de Figaro.

Old Music of the New World - May 2012

Joan Fearnley - Soprano

Joan Fearnley Ottawa based soprano, Joan Fearnley, is a versatile singer performing both solo and ensemble works. She enjoys a wide range of styles and periods and truly shines in late baroque/classical as well as contemporary repertoire. Audiences have been impressed by the beauty of her tone, superb musicianship and communicative stage presence. Joan is a regular soloist and conductor at Notre Dame Cathedral (Ottawa) where she leads the Women’s Choir and the Children’s Choir. Her years of experience at the Cathedral have nurtured a love and an affinity for sacred music. Her recent work with Barbara Ross has propelled her into a series of successful recitals and concerts.A gifted soprano exuding charm, passion, and charisma.

Jeffrey Boyd - Tenor

Jeffrey Boyd My name is Jeffery Michael Boyd: I sing tenor. My core value is creativity: I believe that with intelligence, emotion, humor and attention people shape the world. During my studies in performance at McGill and the University of Western Ontario, I learned that active minds and interesting people make the best music. I have been privileged to study under some of Canada's best musicians and want to share my passion for performance with you. I have performed with Opera McGill, the McGill Savoy Society, UWO Opera, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Voces Boreales, Choralis Camerata Niagara, the Canadian Opera Company chorus and many others.

Gloria in D major by Antonio Vivaldi - May 2010

Misty Banyard - Coloratura Soprano

Misty Banyard A gifted soprano exuding charm, passion, and charisma, Misty Banyard’s beautiful coloratura voice has been described as "a stunning instrument of great value on the national and international stage." Ms. Banyard is quickly establishing herself as an outstanding soloist, having been critically acclaimed on CBC Radio by Laurence Wall for her "fine voice and touch for the theatrical."

Ms. Banyard completed her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees at Acadia University, and studied with internationally renowned vocal coach Laurence Ewashko at the University of Ottawa, where she earned her Masters of Music degree in 2009.

Recent engagements have included solo recitals at Christ Church Cathedral (Dublin, Ireland) and the Grange School (Hartford, England), "Gabriel" in The Creation (York University) and the roles of "The Sandman" and "The Dew Fairy" in Hansel und Gretel (Opera Lyra Ottawa’s Young Artists Training Program)." Ms. Banyard’s upcoming performances include engagements with Coro Vivo, Opera Lyra Ottawa, the Ewashko Singers, Bytown Operaworks and as part of a series of upcoming recordings which feature Handel, Bach and Scarlatti virtuoso repertoire.

Whitney O’Hearn- Mezzo-soprano

Whitney O’Hearn Whitney recently graduated from the Masters of Music program at the University of Ottawa. She studies with renowned Canadian mezzo-soprano Sandra Graham. In January 2007, she made her operatic debut with the University of Ottawa Opera Workshop’s production as Mère Marie in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites. This past January she appeared as the title role in Bizet’s Carmen also with the University of Ottawa Opera Workshop ensemble. She has sung with Ottawa Pocket Opera as Maurya in Vaughn Williams’ Riders to the Sea, The Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aneas, and The Announcer in Moore’s Gallantry. She has been a soloist with CAMMAC,The Musica Viva Singers,The Elgin Singers, the choir of the First Baptist Church of Ottawa, the Kanata Symphony Orchestra and the University of Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Whitney was invited to perform Pierrot Lunaire with the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players. She was the winner of the 2009 U of Ottawa Concerto Competition. She is pursuing a career in opera and contemporary music.

Armonia Rinascimentale - February 2010

Joanne Griffin

Joanne Griffin Joanne has been an active participant in Coro Vivo Ottawa for five years. Her musical background is in piano and more recently harp. Joanne began formal studies in Celtic harp in 1997, and now plays regularly as a freelance musician as well as with a variety of small ensembles. In 2007 she became certified as a therapeutic harpist through the International Healing and Transition Program. This is an exciting new field which is pioneering the use of harp music at the bedside of those seriously and/or under palliative care. Joanne arranges for the harp, has several publications to her credit, and maintains a busy teaching studio.

Richard Maurel

Richard Maurel Originally from France, Richard Maurel is an Ottawa-area musician specialising in the Renaissance and baroque repertoires. Although playing the organ is his first passion, the viola da gamba comes a close second. He is equally at ease on both the bass and the tenor viols, with a particular fondness for 18th century German music and continuo playing. This is his first musical partnership with Coro Vivo.

 
Marcia Phillips

Marcia Phillips Marcia is a session musician, teacher and composer currently living in Merrickville. Since arriving in Ottawa from the UK in 1989 she has been teaching piano and recorder in several schools and in her home studio. Over the years she has worked with several choirs as a guest soloist and in ensemble. As a lover of celtic and early music she performs in medieval festivals and other local historic events, and enjoys playing whistle, bodhran and accordion for ceilidhs in the North Grenville area. Recently she joined the 'Theatre Night in Merrickville' group as musical director.

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