Festival Preview with Michael Capon and Carol Ramer
NEW! The website now features a Getting Around page with an interactive Festival Map, making it easy to locate event locations using your smartphone or tablet. There are also helpful links to Kingston Transit bus schedules and taxis.
We have some wonderfully talented performers lined up for the festival:
Scroll down the page to see and hear them!
Here’s the 2016 lineup of artists who have been engaged to perform at the festival. See the top menu for links to more information.
The Capital Chamber Choir is a dynamic and youthful ensemble of advanced singers from the Ottawa region. It was founded in 2009 by Sara Brooks as an outlet for Canadian and local music, and to showcase the exciting variety within the contemporary choral music world. The Choir has become well-known on the Ottawa choral scene for its energy, versatility, and high-quality performances. Jamie Loback has been the Artistic Director of the Capital Chamber Choir since 2012. He is an active choral conductor and organist in the Ottawa area, and is also the Artistic Director of the celebrated Ottawa Regional Youth Choir.
See The Capital Chamber Choir’s Concert Program.
Rachel Mahon received her Bachelor of Music in Organ from the University of Toronto, studying with Dr. John Tuttle and working as the organ scholar of St. James Cathedral. In 2013 she went to England as the organ scholar at Truro Cathedral, and in 2014 was appointed William and Irene Miller Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London — thus becoming the first woman to hold any organist post at St. Paul’s. See the CTV interview with Rachel at St. Paul’s (April 2, 2014).
See Rachel’s Concert Program.
Mark McDonald is a doctoral student at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montréal, where he studies organ and harpsichord performance with Hans-Ola Ericsson and Hank Knox, and where he teaches classes in Musicianship and Theory. In August of 2014, Mark won third prize at the prestigious International Arp Schnitger Organ Competition in Bremen, Germany. The competition is held in honour of the country’s most important Baroque Organ builder.
See Mark’s Concert Program.
Patrick Wedd is well known to Canadian audiences. He has held major church positions in Vancouver and Montréal, and since 1996 has has been Music Director of Christ Church Cathedral, Montréal. He has concertized extensively, recorded as a soloist, accompanist and conductor, and is frequently heard as host and commentator on CBC radio. His career as a pianist, harpsichordist and organist spans all branches of music from medieval to avant-garde.
See Patrick’s Concert Program.
Entertainer Spencer Evans has been performing on the piano, clarinet and accordion for over fifteen years. He has performed with Dan Aykroid, recorded and toured with Sarah Harmer, and has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBC Radio’s The Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean, MUCHmusic and CMT. In recent years, Spencer has been adding his talented piano accompaniment to screenings of movies from the 1920’s Silent Film era.
As a Pre-Festival event, Spencer will accompany “Safety Last”, one of the finest films of the silent movie era. Later in the week, his Jazz combo will entertain us during our Thousand Island boat cruise.