Harmonia Choir of Ottawa

Harmonia is one of the two host choirs for the MosaiK Choral Festival.  For several years Harmonia hosted a Black History Month concert, with intergenerational guest choirs and soloists, including the World Voices Choir (Brookfield High School), Cross Town Youth Chorus, Kathy Grant, Cathy Goddard and Vanessa London. Out of that annual project has come the MosaiK Choral Festival, now involving several local, but still intergenerational choirs.

Founded in 2003 by its current artistic director Kurt Ala-Kantti, the choir has carved out a niche in the Ottawa choral community.  While still maintaining a focus on Canadian and local composers the choir takes on an eclectic mix of repertoire each season.  Two years ago included the MosaiK Festival concert "African Stories" with guest director Scott Leithead, singing John Rutter's Gloria with the Milford Brass, and a lively performance of Carmina Burana, with 2 pianos and lots of percussion, as well as a performance with the Finnish vocal sensation Rajaton, and even singing for Kenny Rogers at the National Art Centre..  Previous years have included a Christmas concert with vocal jazz ensemble "Quintessence", Handel's "Messiah", Faure's "Requiem" with the Divertimento Orchestra and 2 performances of Brahm's "A German Requiem", one here, and one in Carnegie Hall, directed by John Rutter. Last year saw the Men's Chorus performing Brahms "Alto Rhapsody" with Julie Nesrallah, and the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, and this year the Ladies Chorus will join the orchestra for a performance  of Holst's "The Planets" They will ended the season in 2014 with a concert with the Governor General Foot Guard Band. This year the choir celebrates it's 20th Anniversary, with a gala concert on Sunday April 28th.

Kurt Ala-Kantti is the founding and Artistic Director of Harmonia. Kurt serves as Director of Music for St. Thomas Anglican Church, Conductor of the Ottawa Children's Choir Boys Choir, Music Director for the Cumberland Community Singers. 2014 also saw him as Artistic Director the National Unsion Choral Festival, held here in Ottawa.
With a keen interest in choral performance and excellence, he has been a member of several local choirs, and is in demand as a professional chorister, having sung professionally with the critically acclaimed Ottawa Bach Choir and Ottawa Dicken's Carollers.

More about the choir on its website:
www.HarmoniaChoir.com

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