2021-2022 SEASON!

We really look forward to offering in-person concerts and carry over exciting features from an all virtual year. We can’t wait to perform for you at our musical home, Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, and connect online through livestream concerts. Become a “Thirteen Strings regular” by purchasing your subscription (in-person or virtual) or buy Single Tickets and Digital Event Passes to individual concerts. The programs and repertoire of Thirteen Strings strive to help us reflect, rejoice and connect as we come back together as a community. Here’s to Season 46 – we’ll see you in the concert hall and online!

December 12th, 2021

Heralding in a new era of music-making and joy

7:30 pm | Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre

Petronio Franceschini: Sonata a 7 in D Major with 2 trumpets and Strings

Johann Pachelbel: Canon & Gigue in D major

Frederick Delius: 2 Aquarelles

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings In A major, RV 158

Irish traditional arr. Mallon: Wexford Carol

John Rutter: Suite for Strings

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 trumpets and Strings in C major, R. 537

Soloists: Karen Donnelly (Principal Trumpet of the National Arts Centre Orchestra), Andrew McCandless (Principal Trumpet of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra)


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Concert 2: March 19th 2022

Concert with Guitare Alla Grande festival


Harry Stafylakis – To wake and find the world still burning

Bekah Simms – Half-thorn Blooms

Kelly-Marie Murphy – The Confectioner’s Handbook

Stephen Goss – Landscape and Memory

Patrick Roux – Après L’Exode

Amy Brandon – cloud path

About this project:

Award-winning guitarists Adam Cicchillitti and Steve Cowan form an exciting and unique duo that focuses on expanding the contemporary classical guitar repertoire through commissions and collaborations with living composers. Their latest project, Re/Stringgenerously funded by Canada Council for the Arts and CALQ, has commissioned six new works for guitar duo and strings from Canadian and international composers who they feel have exceptionally distinctive compositional approaches: Harry Stafylakis, Bekah Simms, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Stephen Goss, Patrick Roux and Amy Brandon. Working in collaboration with Ottawa-based chamber orchestra Thirteen Strings, the pieces will be premiered in March, 2022 in Ottawa-Gatineau at guitar festival Guitare Alla Grande.


Concert 3: May 10th 2022


S. Bach – Orchestral suite no. 1 in C major, BWV 1066

Hugo Wolf – Italian Serenade

Leos Janacek – Idyll Suite for String Orchestra

Concert 4: June 12th, 2022

Death and the Maiden

Franz Schubert – Death and the Maiden (String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D 810 arr. Mallon)

Healey Willan – Poem for String Orchestra

Carl Nielsen – Little Suite for Strings (Nonet), Op.1

Christmas concert tickets and four concert subscription on sale now!

In person: $25 or 4 for $90 (subscription)

In person VIP seating: $35 or 4 for $125 (subscription)

Student: $15 or 4 for $50 (subscription)

Livestream: $10 (available to watch for 2 weeks – also sent to people who purchase live concert tickets.)

+ Bach concert recorded in July – free for everyone and released with the launch of the season.

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Thirteen Strings keeps Ottawa audiences warm with the finest of the string repertoire; from the Baroque to 19th-century Romantic music; from the 20th-century to the most intriguing and accessible new music.

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