Venue Street Address:
Centretown United Church
507 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 1Z5
Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 7:30 pm
$20 advance purchase at eventbrite.ca, $25 at the door
Solaris Vocal Ensemble will join Coro Vivo Ottawa
for a concert on Saturday, June 22, 2019, 7:30PM in Ottawa, Ontario
Both groups will perform on their own, and then join in singing Lauridsen’s Sure on this Shining Night.
Music for the concert also includes works by Palestrina, Lasso, Salas, Haydn, Bernstein and others.
Both Solaris and Coro Vivo have long-standing commitments to lending their voices for good causes and, in that tradition, the June 22 performance is a benefit for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
“Our Solaris members find making music together with other choral ensembles to be very meaningful experiences”, says Solaris conductor Dawn Willis. She adds, “we’re looking forward to sharing this concert and joining our voices with Coro Vivo Ottawa in support of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario”.
“We are excited to host and perform alongside the members of Solaris”, says conductor Antonio Llaca from CVO. “I think the program will be quite exciting to hear, and I know that our singers have a special bond with the pieces we will be performing”.
ABOUT CORO VIVO OTTAWA
Coro Vivo Ottawa (CVO) is a vibrant, friendly, community choir attracting members from across the Ottawa Region. It performs two to three major concerts per year and sings an eclectic repertoire; from classical works such as Brahms Requiem, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass and the Rutter Gloria, through Opera choruses, music from Broadway shows, and Folk music from around the world. Professional musicians and soloists are often hired for major performances. The ensemble has toured in Canada, Europe, Latin America and the US. CVO has been featured at venues such as the Shenkman Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada), la Maison de la culture de Gatineau (Gatineau, Canada), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada) and it made its Carnegie Hall (New York, USA) debut in May 2019.
ANTONIO LLACA – CONDUCTOR
Cuban born, Antonio Llaca is an active choral conductor, teacher, and clinician. He studied choral conducting and classical guitar both in Canada and in South America. In 2013, Mr. Llaca finished his Master’s in Choral Conducting from Université de Sherbrooke (Montreal, Canada). He has studied with masters such as Michael Zaugg, Christopher Jackson, Robert Ingari, Patrick Roux, Laurence Ewashko and Luis Zea.
Mr. Llaca was appointed Artistic Director for CVO in 2009. He teaches choral, as well as instrumental conducting, at Carleton University in Ottawa. Mr. Llaca is a professor at the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau where he conducts the choirs and orchestra. In this position, he founded and currently conducts the award-winning Choeur de Chambre du Conservatoire. He is also a conductor with the Canadian Chinese Children’s choir of Canada (C5). In addition to this, he often collaborates with numerous ensembles and prepares choruses for Canadian orchestras and artists such as The Tenors and touring international orchestras such as the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra. His choral ensembles have performed at the national and international stage including, the National Arts Centre, Canada; the Tintqiao Performing Arts Centre, China; and Carnegie Hall, USA.
Mr. Llaca is an advocate for Canadian choral music, incorporating prominent Canadian content in his programming, as well as commissioning choral pieces for his concerts from local composers. He has been known for his ability to program new works as well as seldom-performed or known works of music. He has brought to the Ottawa music scene the works of colonial composers such as William Billings, Esteban Salas, José Angel Lamas, and Manuel de Zumaya, among others.
Mr. Llaca has toured in Canada, Latin America and Asia with his ensembles. He is known to be a passionate conductor and pedagogue who is regarded for his musicality and knowledge of the choral art. In July 2018, he toured China with the Chinese Canadian Children’s Choir of Canada where he conducted several performances and worked as a clinician. Mr Llaca’s 2018-2019 season included performances in Havana, Cuba as well as a special invitation to his choirs to sing Fauré’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall in May 2019.