“Contemporary choral compositions have impressed me, amused me, annoyed me, and bored me. What they’ve rarely done is move me almost to tears, as did a major new work by the young Ottawa composer Nicholas Piper Monday night.” —Natasha Gauthier (The Ottawa Citizen, July 13, 2015) The Capital Chamber Choir is currently preparing to present an ambitious concert at the annual convention of the Royal Canadian College of Organists in Kingston, Ontario. The programme includes The Delight of Paradise, which
Congratulations to the Capital Chamber Choir!
“Contemporary choral compositions have impressed me, amused me, annoyed me, and bored me. What they’ve rarely done is move me almost to tears, as did a major new work by the young Ottawa composer Nicholas Piper Monday night.” —Natasha Gauthier (The Ottawa Citizen, July 13, 2015) Congratulations to the Capital Chamber Choir on an excellent premiere last evening of my new work The Delight of Paradise in the Music and Beyond Festival. This new piece is my largest choral composition
Premiere of New Work at Music & Beyond
The Capital Chamber Choir will premiere a new work titled The Delight of Paradise at this year’s Music & Beyond Festival in Ottawa. A seven-movement cycle, this new piece is a setting of Ode 13 from the Odes of Solomon, a little-known collection of sacred poetry similar in style to the psalms. This new work got its start in 2012 with the premiere of My Heart Was Cloven by the Ottawa Bach Choir. This piece, premiered at Podium 2012, set
The Capital Chamber Choir will be taking a road-trip north on Hwy 17 to perform a concert in Pembroke, Ontario, the hometown of director Jamie Loback, on February 1. The programme will include my Annunciation, which the choir recently performed in its 2014 Christmas concert, Noëls modernes, at St. Joseph’s Roman-Catholic Church in Ottawa. Check out the live recording from that concert on our SoundCloud: Or watch the video with scrolling score: The choir will also be premiering a new
New Video of In Manus Tuas
Fresh from the bootleg live circuit, this is a new video of In Manus Tuas showing the score. Featuring the Capital Chamber Choir under the direction of Jamie Loback, this was recorded live in Ottawa, February 2014, alongside the Choral Concerto by Alfred Schnittke. The soaring soprano line at the end is Emma Bider and Daniela Gunn-Doerge. Thanks choir! This is the same piece that was recently performed at Trinity Wall Street under the direction of Michael Zaugg. You can
I am excited to announce three items of interest in the coming months: On May 10, the Ottawa Bach Choir performed The Trees on the Edge in concert here in Ottawa. This concert was a “prelude” to the choir’s upcoming European tour. The OBC will be singing in Venice, Groning and Amsterdam, Lübeck, and at Bach Fest 2014 in Leipzig, Germany. During the tour the choir will be performing The Trees on the Edge as part of its programme.
Performances in May
I am very pleased to bring to your attention three upcoming performances of my work: The Capital Chamber Choir will perform two pieces, The Trees on the Edge and Drop, Drop Slow Tears, in concert this Friday at 8:00 P.M. at Knox Presbyterian Church. The following evening, the Canadian Centennial Choir will perform a newly commissioned work, Nisi Pontus et Aer, at Southminster United Church, 7:30 P.M. This piece is composed for choir, string quartet, percussion and piano. It is
New York Premiere of In Manus Tuas
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street will perform In Manus Tuas on April 6 as part of Lamentatio 5 at Trinity Wall Street in New York. Guest conductor Michael Zaugg joins Julian Wachner, the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and NOVUS NY for a programme of Lenten choral music. The concert can be streamed live on Sunday, April 6 at 4:30 P.M. UPDATE! Congratulations to Michael Zaugg and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street for an excellent concert. The whole
I am very pleased to bring to your attention two upcoming performances of my work: The Canadian Centennial Choir will perform a newly commissioned work, Nisi Pontus et Aer, on May 3. This piece is composed for choir, string quartet, percussion and piano. It is a setting of a passage from Ovid’s Tristia in which the poet describes vividly a storm he encounters on his way into exile. Whether intended by the ancient writer or not, I hear a bit
New videos combining scores and recordings!
I’m very pleased to now have videos on our website that combine live recordings with the scores. Now you can follow along with the score as you listen to better judge if the particular piece will be a good match to your choir. We have four videos so far: Annunciation, My Heart was Cloven, and both songs in Deux chansons de la Belle Cordière. The videos can also be found on Musica Trans Aeva’s YouTube channel. As a teaser, here