The Ottawa Bach Choir (= OBC), founded in 2002 by Dr. Lisette Canton, has already achieved national and international recognition and been acclaimed as one of Ottawa’s most outstanding choral ensembles. Consisting of some of the best choristers from the National Capital Region and beyond, the OBC performs music from all historical periods while keeping Bach’s choral oeuvre as the focus of its repertoire.
The aim of the OBC is threefold:
* to offer audiences in Ottawa and beyond a range of classical music of the finest quality and excellence;
* to use the Choir’s skill and talent to benefit the community; and
* to provide challenging opportunities for high calibre singers - including up-and-coming young singers – to enjoy choral performances with others of similar skills and abilities.
During the 2004-2005 season the OBC was recorded live in collaboration with the radio station of Radio-Canada for national broadcast during the Christmas season, and will release two CDs recorded last summer. Last season (2003-2004), the Choir was invited to sing George Frideric Handel’s Messiah in Mexico City with the Orquesta del Nuevo Mundo for which it received a standing ovation and excellent reviews.
The OBC has also performed Bach’s Mass in B Minor (BWV 232), Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248), St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244), Six Motets (BWV 225-230), Magnificat (BWV 243), Missa in G Minor (BWV 235), G.F. Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Heinrich Schütz’ Musikalische Exequien, as well as various Baroque cantatas, Romantic and Contemporary Motets, and French Choral Music. The OBC has appeared in Toronto and Montreal, including a performance last June at Daniel Taylor’s Early Music Festival in cooperation with the Montreal Chamber Music Festival.
After only three seasons, the OBC - combining the names of the world’s greatest composer with one of the world’s greatest cities - has made great strides and brought music to an even higher level in Ottawa’s flourishing classical music scene. Having performed in Toronto, Montreal and Mexico City, the OBC toured Germany in the spring of 2004-2005 season.
The OBC is the first Canadian choir, and one of only six choirs worldwide that are invited annually to perform in J.S. Bach’s own church in Leipzig, Germany, the Thomaskirche. The OBC were in the company of such world-class choirs as The Monteverdi Choir and the Gabrieli Consort. For three days, the ensemble replaced the world renowned Thomanerchor Leipzig, which has its roots back as far as 1250. They performed two concerts, as well as leading the services of worship in this magnificent church. In addition, the OBC performed in the prestigious concert series in the Stiftskirche, Stuttgart.