Old Ottawa East singers find inspiration in Rideau Chorale

Handel’s holiday classic Messiah sure to impress on December 7-8
By Jennifer Strachan

Jennifer Strachan and Balou Antia ar just two of the Old Ottawa East residents who perform with the Rideau Chorale. They are preparing for a performance of Handel's Messiah on December 7 and 8 at the Southminster Church in Old Ottawa South. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

Jennifer Strachan and Balou Antia ar just two of the Old Ottawa East residents who perform with the Rideau Chorale. They are preparing for a performance of Handel’s Messiah on December 7 and 8 at the Southminster Church in Old Ottawa South. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

It was only three years ago when I was introduced to what is now known as Rideau Chorale. It was a stirring experience, to say the least.

The chorale’s inaugural concert of Vivaldi’s Gloria was led by well-known musical director, pianist, conductor, composer and impresario, Roland Graham, and the choir put on a stellar performance accompanied by a seven-piece orchestra. So good, in fact, that it prompted me to join their ranks.

Before I knew it, I was singing with the chorale in their next concert, Fields of Gold, back in the early spring of 2015. This performance had a more contemporary feel and featured works by Sting, Billy Joel, Edith Piaf, Simon and Garfunkel, and other pop and jazz composers.

While I had previously sung in several choirs, I had been out of the loop for decades until I was introduced to Rideau Chorale by my husband, Balou Antia. Balou has lived in Old Ottawa East for the past 20 years and has been been rehearsing and performing with the choir in Southminster United Church for several years.

Now, Rideau Chorale is about to stage one of its most ambitious performance ever with Handel’s Messiah.

On Thursday December 7 and Friday December 8, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., Rideau Chorale will be presenting a complete performance of Handel’s Messiah at Southminster United Church in Old Ottawa South.

The concert will feature a full choir, orchestra, concertmaster Roland Graham on harpsichord, and soloists Kathleen Radke (soprano), Whitney O’Hearn (mezzo-soprano), Jeff Boyd (tenor), and Joel Allison (bass), under the baton of guest conductor and organ virtuoso Matthew Larkin.

This will be Rideau Chorale’s first time tackling the beloved masterpiece, and we promise to bring fresh energy and enthusiasm to our performance.

A fresh Messiah

Tickets to Rideau Chorale’s Messiah ($20/$30/$35) are available now on Eventbrite (rideauchorale.eventbrite.ca), from choir members, or by calling 613-263-0637. Southminster United Church is located at 15 Aylmer Avenue, at the corner of Bank St. and the Rideau Canal. The building is wheelchair accessible and serviced by OCTranspo routes 6 and 7.

The Rideau Chorale has many dedicated and committed members, several of whom are Old Ottawa East residents. Our new website, rideauchorale.org, concert posters, and Facebook page are all the handiwork of OOE resident (and banjo-picker extraordinaire) Sandra Bauer.

Jennifer Strachan is Rideau Chorale’ s volunteer director of external communications, where her husband Balou Antia serves as the executive chair.

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