Originally published in the June 2017 OSCAR.
Rideau Chorale, a community-based choir located in Old Ottawa South, will conclude its 2016-17 season with a presentation of a perennial favourite, Vivaldi's Gloria in Excelsis for SATB choir, and a repeat “by popular demand” performance of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, which played to a full house in March as part of the Doors Open for Music noon-hour series at Southminster United Church. The concert, featuring soprano Susan Elizabeth and mezzo-soprano Lydia Piehl, two outstanding young area singers both active in the local opera and oratorio scene, and directed by Roland Graham from the harpsichord, will take place on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm. This combination of masterworks of the Italian high baroque is a perfect way to enjoy a spring evening!
Rideau Chorale, led by Roland Graham, was founded in 2015. The vision of the charitable non-profit choir, in addition to promoting and presenting beautiful pieces of music to the community, is to provide mentorship and opportunities for choristers to develop musical talents such as sight-reading and vocal performance, from intermediate to advanced levels. Once known as the Ottawa Folklore Centre’s ‘Tuesday’ Choir, the Rideau Chorale presented Vivaldi's Gloria in December 2014 and the Fields of Gold concert in June 2015 to enthusiastic audiences. Carl Orff's Carmina Burana was the choir's first concert under its new name, dazzling a packed house and receiving a lengthy standing ovation in February 2016. It followed up with two spring-2016 presentations of Handel’s Four Coronation Anthems at Southminster and Gatineau’s Saint-François-de-Sales Church. In November, the Chorale performed Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. Most recently, Rideau Chorale presented an evening of selected accompanied and a cappella works for Easter week by composers ranging from Mozart, Palestrina and Mendelssohn, to Pablo Casals, Da Rold, Stainer, Tavener, and Gjeilo.
Rideau Chorale's 2017-18 Season
Rideau Chorale is composed of approximately 50 members and is always actively recruiting new choral enthusiasts. We are delighted to be presenting a two-evening presentation of Handel's oratorio The Messiah on December 7 and 8, 2017 at Southminster. The concert will be guest conducted by Matthew Larkin, who will be returning from his new post in Toronto for the occasion. Roland Graham will play the important harpsichord continuo part for the performance. The choir will also be giving a Lenten performance of Duruflé’s Requiem in its arrangement by the composer for organ and chamber orchestra. While next season’s auditions will be held in the last week of August, interested singers should call as soon as possible as openings are limited.
Jennifer Strachan sings in the soprano section of Rideau Chorale.