Once again Ottawa South’s Kevin Reeves has used his extraordinary talent to match music with a film of the silent era. On Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24, 2018, his superb chamber choir, Seventeen Voyces, will present Charlie Chaplin’s silent film comedy The Gold Rush at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in the Glebe. The choir will sing a variety of songs, ranging from baroque to contemporary, with some jazz and spirituals as well.
We have been conditioned to think of giving chocolates and/or long stemmed red roses to loved ones on Valentine’s Day, both of which require us to dig deep into our wallets, as their prices soar during this time. And these traditional February 14th gifts amuse us, but for a fleeting time. Here is something else to consider for that special person or those special people in your life: the lasting gift of music.
This December 7 and 8, Rideau Chorale, directed by Roland Graham, will present George Frideric Handel’s splendid oratorio Messiah, HWV 56, with a 20-piece orchestra and four superb young Canadian soloists, under the guest direction of Maestro Matthew Larkin, at Southminster United Church.
Southminster United Church presents “Rescued Treasure: A Treasury of Jewish Music Almost Forgotten” on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm.
Come out and join the fun — 500 pumpkins to be carved! And, of course, drop by Percy Taverner Park and Woodbine Place between Carlyle and Seneca Avenue on Halloween night for this Old Ottawa South extravaganza!
Ebonies in Harmony is a two clarinet-one piano trio featuring Sylvie Duchesneau (clarinet-bass clarinet) and Roxanne Léveillé (clarinet) and myself, Fabien Tousignant (piano). We invite you to experience a wonderful repertoire which blends the virtuosity and “velouté” of these instruments. We have put together a nice programme of some favorites of the classical repertoire arranged for two clarinets and piano, along with pieces written specifically for this kind of ensemble. You will have the opportunity to hear works by Mendelssohn, Ponchielli, Dvořák, some Klezmer and more.
As one of twenty three longtime member churches of the Centretown Churches Social Action Committee, Southminster United Church provides ongoing donations of food and money to the Centretown Emergency Food Centre.
If you attend the Wednesday noon concerts at Southminster, please bring along an item of food to place in the collection boxes for the Food Centre. Each month some 900 individuals, including many families with children, benefit from a 3-day supply of food from the Centre. The volunteers who staff the Food Centre would suggest any item on the following list: canned tuna, salmon, meat and stews, canned vegetables, canned soups, canned beans, cereals, dry pasta, pasta sauce, or Kraft dinner.
In Mediaeval Europe, churches and monasteries were centres of learning and creativity, and many of these institutions went to great efforts to ensure that young people of the surrounding communities had access to masterworks of literature and music. Thus, their imaginations might be piqued, and their knowledge of their cultural heritage might be increased and enhanced. This tradition of academic and cultural excellence so offered has survived many centuries of upheaval and dramatic change, and so it is that in many places in the world today, great symbols of western art and culture are seen as a necessary and vibrant part of a child’s education and experience. For surely it is through the knowledge of the past that an awareness of the present is obtained, and with it, a pathway to the future becomes just a little clearer.