2017-2018 Bytown Voices Season


Sunday, April 29, 2018

With guest Flautist Loyda Lastra

Songs of Nature Op. 63 
  Music: Antonin Dvorak
  Text: Vitezslav Halek      

  Music: Randall Thompson
  Text: Robert Frost

Bein' Green
Music and Text: Joe Raposo
   Arranger: Paul Langford

Emily Carr Suite
Music: Brian Tate
          Canadian Composer
  Text: Emily Carr

Four Choral Critters
Music: Christine Donkin
           Canadian Composer
   Text: Ogden Nash   

Sure On This Shining Night
Music: Morten Lauridsen
   Text: James Agee

Nature’s Glory was Bytown Voices’ choral celebration of the beauty of nature with music for the whole family and includes beautiful poetry set to memorable music. This included Morten Lauridsen’s powerful setting of James Agee’s Sure On This Shining Night. Local composer, Christine Donkin, turning Ogden Nash’s animal limericks into musical comedy and the Ottawa premiere of the Emily Carr Suite, Vancouver-based composer Brian Tate, using the haunting words of artist and writer Emily Carr in his musical depiction of the vastness of the Canadian landscape.


Christmas Stories:
From Oratorio to the Movies

3 pm,   Sunday, December 10, 2017

1. O Come                                Lyndsay Bolden Gowing

2. Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben       JS Bach
                                                (Christmas Oratorio)

3. For Unto Us a Child is Born    GF  Handel   (Messiah)   

4. Sans Day Carol                    Oxford Book of Carols

5. L'adieu des bergers             Berlioz (Enfance du Christ)

6. 10.Tollite Hostias                 Saint-Saëns (Oratorio Noël)

7.   A Charlie Brown Christmas Medley from TV Special

8.   Good King Wenceslas          Oxford Book of Carols

9.   You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch     From TV Special

10. Twas the Night before Christmas  Moore/Darby   

11. White Christmas                   Berlin/Ringwald

Bytown Voices Sings in Handel's oratorio The Triumph of Time and Truth

On July 8th, 2018 a contingent of Bytown Voices members participated in the 2018 Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa as part of a 70 member community chorus in the performance of Handel's last oratorio The Triumph of Time and Truth. Under the direction of Matthias Maute the other performers included the chamber orchestra Ensemble Caprice and the Ensemble vocal arts-Quebec (both from Montreal) and a distinguished cast of soloists including Myriam LeBlanc and Shannon Mercer. Here are a few photos with us in our red and black costumes (Music and Beyond corporate colours). This was a great experience for us all. 

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