MosaiK Festival – Feb 23, 2019

In News by Jac Curry

MosaiK Festival 2019
Want to bring some warmth into February’s deep freeze? How about a rousing choral festival? One that celebrates the diversity of Canadian communities? One that brings all ages together in a non-
competitive environment? One that brings in choral superstars to work with a host of local choirs?

Great news! Saturday, February 23, head to Ottawa’s École secondaire publique De La Salle at 501 Old St Patrick St. and see the work of Kathleen Allan as she brings her Coast to Coast experience to you,

President’s Message
My journey to becoming a MosaiK enthusiast started with resistance, it’s hard to get motivated in February. My first festival, seemed like an impossibility of lights and sounds and people; children and instruments, veteran choristers and newbies fitting together like so many tiles on the risers with a vast rush of overlapping notes. I didn’t understand how, in just a few days, we could work together in any meaningful way.

The clinicians and Kurt opened my eyes to new possibilities and the shared choral spirit resulted in a spectacular performance. The energy of connecting while being in the audience and performing stayed with me for many days. Indeed, it helped this west coast girl navigate the cold Ottawa winter.

Now many years later, I understand how the rush of new voices merging together can be guided to greatness. I love the exploration of different choral facets year to year and sharing them with you. Take a chance on being part of a ‘MosaiK’—it’s worth coming in out of the cold for.

With thanks to MosaiK sponsors: Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, & École secondaire publique De La Salle.

Sincerely, Sarah Wibberley (President)

The Stars
Guest Conductor Kathleen AllanGuest Clinician and Director, Kathleen Allan – Conductor, composer and soprano, Newfoundland native, Kathleen Allan, is the Director of Choral Studies and Associate Orchestra Conductor at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Artistic Director of Canzona, Winnipeg’s professional baroque choir, and founding co-artistic director of Arkora, a chamber collective dedicated to interdisciplinary performance.

A global composer and performer she studied composition at UBC and holds a master’s in conducting from Yale University.

Kurt Ala-KanttiArtistic Director, Kurt Ala-Kantti – A prolific and sought after Artistic Director, Tone Cluster’s own Kurt Ala-Kantti will be showcasing his 4 choirs at the festival:

  • Tone Cluster—quite a queer choir
  • Harmonia Choir of Ottawa
  • Cross Town Youth Chorus
  • The Cumberland Community Singers

They will be joined by:

  • La Chorale De La Salle, under the direction of Robert Filion
  • Aella Choir, under the direction of Jennifer Berntson
  • Atlantic Voices: The Newfoundland and Labrador Choir of Ottawa, under the direction of Scott Richardson