Chamberfest for the masses - Metro US

Chamberfest for the masses

Now entering its second week, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival has been a huge success so far, according to its artistic director.

“The venues have been very, very full,” said Roman Borys. “It’s extremely rewarding to see the public responding so strongly to the choices we’ve made.”

So what happens once you’re the “greatest chamber music festival in the country”?

The festival’s next goal is to bring it to an international level, said Borys.

“There is a big international audience for this kind of programming,” he said, with performances that are “up close and personal.”

“You’re really close so you can hear them breathing and listen to them interact with one another. You can feel the music and the passion.”

The festival aims to broaden people’s definition of classical music in the 21st century, all in a welcoming atmosphere, he said.

“This is not an elitist affair,” he said. “You don’t have to know anything about classical music. This is passion laid out on the table. It’s just great music making.”

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