Christmas with Julie Nesrallah, Caroline Léonardelli & De La Salle Choir

Got this to share from an Alta Vista native about some upcoming Christmas concerts.

Christmas is full of traditions, and many of them are filled with music.  Mezzo soprano Julie Nesrallah and harpist Caroline Léonardelli have been creating their own tradition past half dozen years in Ottawa with a program of both well-known and little known carols, however all of them have beauty and grace in common.

Joining Julie and Caroline will be the De La Salle High School Choir conducted by Robert Fillion.  The choir will perform A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten and Tomorrow will be my Dancing Day by John Rutter with Caroline on harp.  Caroline says “these are probably the best known and most beautiful Christmas repertoire for choir and harp.  I love the carols so much that I included them on my Christmas recording, A Conte de Noel.”

This will be Julie and Caroline’s first concerts in Ottawa South and Alta Vista and is an area where they both have roots.  Julie is originally from the area, and Caroline has lived here since 2005.  The program includes English, French, and Spanish carols.  The French carols include the Noels de Lourmarin and Le Sommeil De L’Enfant Jesus.  The Spanish songs are traditional folk carols that are some of Julie’s favourites.

There are two performances:

Saturday Evening December 14th 7:30PM
St. Thomas Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Drive 
Sunday Afternoon December 15th 3:00PM
Southminster Untied Church, 15 Aylmer Rd @ Bank Street (Ottawa South)

Tickets are $20 adults, $15 senior, $10 students, and $40 for family pass.
Tickets are available in advance at:
Compact Music Bank St. & 3rd Ave. in the Glebe 
Leading Note  370 Elgin St. Unit #2
Southminster United Church Office 15 Aylmer Rd @ Bank St. 613-730-6874
Reserve or Purchase Tickets by EMAIL

For Julie and Caroline this will be their first concert in Ottawa since this past summers Music & Beyond Festival and Julie’s sold out Carmen on Tap performances.  On top of her busy performance schedule Julie is host of CBC Radio Two Classical Show Tempo.  The concert will provide a welcome spiritual break for Caroline who is just finishing a solo harp recording that is the follow up to El Dorado for which she received a JUNO Award Nomination in the category of Classical Album of the Year.  The recording will be released in the spring for 2014 and will be distribute worldwide by NAXOS.

Mr Filion’s choirs at Ecole De La Salle have been heard in concerts with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, on CBC/SRC radio and television as well as on tour in Europe, America and Asia. The De La Salle Senior Vocal Ensemble won First Prize in ACCC National Choral Competition in 2011.  Caroline has performed the program with Robert’s choirs on several occasions.  Their first performance in 2005 was recorded by CBC and received a Gabriel Award for Television.

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