The Ottawa Choral Society - Grand Music, Grand Passion, a Grand Tradition
Since its inaugural concert in 1941, the Ottawa Choral Society has evolved into one of Canada's most prominent symphonic choruses. The Society nurtures the choral arts in the National Capital Region, providing a performance platform for talented graduates of the city's youth choirs and experienced adult choristers.
The choir's repertoire ranges from the complex polyphony of the Baroque and Renaissance to the jazz-influenced rhythms and cluster chords of contemporary composers. The Society supports the development of Canadian talent through a commissioning program, choral bursaries, and its New Discoveries Auditions for Young Artists.
May 7, 1824 is a special moment in the history of music. It’s the day Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony premiered in Vienna.
In its premiere, the Ninth was unlike anything heard before and it remains such a towering achievement that it comes back to concert stages again and again and again and again and still the people line up to listen.
In Ottawa, the NAC Orchestra has played it ... (read more)