2021-2022 Concert and Event Series

Louis Trépanier – “Technique as a Means to Expression”

Sunday, September 12, 2021, 1 to 4 p.m.
This free event is offered exclusively to members of the OGS.
If you would like to participate in this event, please email the society: ottawaguitarsociety@gmail.com

Over a career that is now well into its third decade, Louis Trépanier has shown himself to be a seasoned chamber musician, occasional soloist, experienced pedagogue, composer and arranger, always with his customary energy and sensitivity. 

He is a founding member of the Canadian Guitar Quartet, as well as Trio Tangere. With these two ensembles, as well as through various other collaborations, he has performed on three continents and judged competitions on the national and international levels. 

He completed his formal musical education in 1998 at the Conservatoire de musique de Hull with Patrick Roux; Louis also furthered himself by working with leading musicians in masterclasses or in collaboration projects. 

Since 2002, he has been teaching at the University of Ottawa’s School of Music, where he is the Coordinator of the Guitar Sector.


Grégoire Gagnon – “Respectful Workplaces in the Arts”

Sunday, November 7, 2021, 1 to 4 p.m.
This free event is offered exclusively to members of the OGS.
If you would like to participate in this event, please email the society: ottawaguitarsociety@gmail.com

Canadian Heritage and CHRC are offering Respectful Workplaces in the Arts workshops to encourage better workplace practices and behaviours. The workshops cover information on Provincial legislation, definitions of harassment and bullying as well as case-studies to navigate the complexities of problematic situations. These workshops are not legal nor therapy clinics, they are conversations facilitated by experienced cultural sector leaders. Resources are discussed to help individuals and organizations towards contributing to better work environments and/or to develop their own policies/codes of conduct.

Dr. Grégoire Gagnon is a manager, pedagogue and musician fostering culture and promoting arts from the stage to the classroom to the boardroom. Aside from being a lifelong academic and a real-world problem solver, Grégoire is (amongst other things) currently the Executive Director of the Cultural Human Resources Council, the President of the Ottawa Guitar Society and in all of his roles, he strives to make others thrive. 


Gala Concert

December 2021

  • Open to the public ($), reduced ticket prices for members. Details coming soon.
  • Details as to location (virtual or otherwise) will be provided closer to the event.

Guitar Alla Grande

With headliner Benjamin Verdery

March 17-20, 2022
http://guitarallagrande.org


ChromaDuo – Concert

Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 1pm

  • Open to the public ($), reduced ticket prices for members. Details coming soon
  • Details as to location (virtual or otherwise) will be provided closer to the event.

ChromaDuo is building a unique repertoire of some of today’s most compelling music for two guitars. Through a commitment to commissioning, recording and performing the works of ground-breaking composers, ChromaDuo has established itself as one of the leading guitar duos in North America. 

Forging relationships with composers such as luminary Roland Dyens, irreverent British powerhouse Stephen Goss, and brilliant Christopher William Pierce, resulted in their first CD Hidden Waters. Garrett Schumann of Sequenza21.com called it, “one giant, convivial, through-composed exploration of the guitar’s expressive range… [T]he restraint of the performance makes you want to lean in closer to hear the expression on every note.” A love for French Impressionist masters inspired their second recording featuring the duo’s own arrangements of piano and orchestral works of Debussy and Ravel. Classical Guitar described it as “a revelation, and a superior achievement.” This is Classical Guitar raved, “Their sound is so perfectly blended that I can’t imagine hearing a better ensemble.” Minor7th’s reviewers dubbed it “genius.”

ChromaDuo’s upcoming and recent projects include commissioning, premiering and recording dedicated works from dynamic Canadian guitarist and composer Dale Kavanagh, Brazilian gem Sergio Assad and legendary Cuban maestro Leo Brouwer.

In demand as performers, pedagogues, and adjudicators, Tracy Anne Smith and Rob MacDonald have been guest artists in guitar series and at major festivals such as the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Convention, Boston’s Festival 21, and the International Festival of Guitar Culiacan, Mexico. ChromaDuo has performed in England, across their native Canada and throughout the United States.

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