Concert Series 2017-2018

October 14 – Azuline Duo

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 8pm
Admission: $30/$20 OGS members
Location: Church of St. Bartholomew, 125 MacKay St., Ottawa

Azuline Duo features award-winning young musicians Sara Traficante (flute) and Emma Rush (guitar).  This ensemble pushes the boundaries of their instruments and conventional programming with unusual and rarely heard pieces both historical and contemporary, and a dynamic onstage presence that engages the audience from the first note.

Recent performance highlights include a sold-out 2015 JUNOfest classical showcase concert and a guest appearance on the Guitar Hamilton concert series, as well as numerous performances throughout Southern Ontario.  The upcoming season holds local appearances in Hamilton, Toronto, Cambridge, Caledon, and Ottawa and bookings with international music events including the Sauble Beach Guitar Festival (ON), Buffalo Women of the Guitar Festival (NY) and the Lonestar Guitar Festival (Weatherford, TX).  They will perform as guests with Sinfonia Ancaster in May, 2017.

Azuline Duo’s debut recording “Romanza: Music of Spain and South America” was released in September, 2016 and showcases the rich history of the guitar and the brilliant voice of the flute in an exciting chamber music setting.  The program combines transcriptions of Spanish favourites and new music for flute and guitar.  It also features three new arrangements by Azuline Duo that re-imagine traditional repertoire in compelling and unusual presentations.   “Fantastic performances, great repertoire, and sound quality to match, this album is sure to be popular with general listeners and guitarists alike.”

November 11 – David Leisner

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:30pm
Admission: $30/$20 OGS members
Location: Tabaret Hall (550 Cumberland St, Ottawa)

David Leisner is an extraordinarily versatile musician with a multi-faceted career as an electrifying performing artist, a distinguished composer, and a master teacher. “Among the finest guitarists of all time”, according to American Record Guide, Leisner is a featured recording artist for the Azica label, with 9 highly acclaimed recordings. Other recordings are on the Naxos, Teclarc and Koch lables, with a concert DVD published by Mel Bay. David Leiser’s recent seasons have taken him throughout the US, Canada and Mexico, Asia, Australasia and Europe. Celebrated for expanding the guitar repertoire, David Leisner has premiered works by many important composers, including David Del Tredici, Virgil Thomson, Ned Rorem, Philip Glass, Richard Rodney Bennett, Peter Sculthorpe and Osvaldo Golijov. He was also a pioneer in the rediscovery of 19th-century guitar composers, Johann Kaspar Mertz and Wenzeslaus Matiegka. A frequent visitor to important chamber music festivals, he is also the Artistic Director of Guitar Plus, and innovative series in New York devoted to chamber music with the guitar. His own compositions, noted for their emotional and dramatic power, are performed, recorded and published worldwide. A distinguished teacher as well, Leisner is currently co-chair of the guitar department at the Manhattan School of Music.


December 9 – OGS Guitar Gala Night

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7pm
Admission: $30/$20 OGS members
Location: Tabaret Hall (550 Cumberland St, Ottawa)


Nathan Bredeson, François Lacelle, and Alexandre Bougie
Roddy Ellias
Andrew Mah
Louis Trépanier
Christiane Riel
Visser-Shaw Guitar Duo
the OGS orchestra
Zak Pleet
and more!

February 17 2018 – SoloDuo

Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 8pm
Admission: $30/$20 students and OGS members
Location: Tabaret Hall (550 Cumberland St, Ottawa)

in collaboration with the Guitar Alla Grande Festival.

March 17 2018 – Guitars Alive Quartet

Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8pm
Admission: $30/$20 OGS members
Location: Church of St. Bartholomew, 125 MacKay St., Ottawa

The “Guitars Alive Quartet” is a unique ensemble. Where else do you get fantastic performers all playing completely different types of guitars? Philip Candelaria plays Latin-classical guitar, Gary DiSalle electric guitar and Paul Dunn acoustic guitar and dobro. All are well-known recording artists, and virtuoso performers in a wonderful variety of musical styles. They are joined by bassist Tom Linklater for concerts that feature Spanish & Latin arrangements, along with Blues, slide guitar, Bluegrass, Ragtime, Swing, Jazz, and original music.

May 26 2018 – Duo 46

Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 7:30pm
Admission: $30/$20 OGS members
Location: Tabaret Hall (550 Cumberland St, Ottawa)

Duo46 is an international touring ensemble of guitarist Dr. Matthew Gould and violinist Beth Ilana Schneider-Gould. As artists living in the 21st-century, they embrace music by living composers and their performances and recordings celebrate new chamber music for guitar often composed specifically for them; including double concertos with orchestra, electro-acoustic music and trios with Mandolin (B.A.M. with Grammy nominated DeutscheGramophone Recording artist Avi Avital, Israel), Clarinet (with Dr. Jana Starling, Western University, Canada), Cello (Erich Oskar Huetter, Austria), and Piano (The Strung Out Trio with Dr. Nathanael May, USA) among others. More than 100 works have been commissioned with selected scores available at Les Productions D’Oz (Canada) and Sconfinarte (Italy).   Duo46 now reside in Ontario, Canada with daughter Sophia and son Max.

John Armstrong – canceled

The Ottawa Guitar Society is letting you know that John’s Armstrong’s concert, which was to take place this Sunday, September 17th, 2017, will be rescheduled to a later date – the exact date remains to be determined.

Born in Toronto, John Armstrong studied composition at the University of Toronto and the University of Michigan where he received his Doctorate in 1983. His teachers included Pulitzer Prize winners Leslie Bassett and William Bolcom, as well as the celebrated pedagogue Nadia Boulanger.

John won prizes in both the William St. Clair Lowe and Sir Ernest MacMillan competitions sponsored by the Composer’s, Author’s and Publisher’s Association of Canada (now SOCAN) and has received grants and commissions from the Laidlaw Foundation, the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, Alberta Culture, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the City of Ottawa. Performed and broadcast throughout Canada, his music has also been played in Belgium, France, Great Britain, Korea, Norway and the United States. He is the author of a number of solo, chamber and orchestral pieces, many of which have received wide exposure. His music has been published by Alberta Keys Music Publishing (Calgary), New Art Music Editions (Winnipeg), Oceanna (Bobcaygeon), Cypress (Vancouver) and is also distributed by the Canadian Music Centre (Toronto). Although primarily a composer of concert music, he has also written for film, dance and theatre. He is well known in Ottawa for his 12 collaborations with Odyssey Theatre.

Having taught at a number of universities in Canada and the United States, John Armstrong is currently an Adjunct Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of Ottawa.

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