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Ottawa Symphony Orchestra applauds Carleton University motion to negotiate a new multi-purpose performance space—and a new home for our city’s orchestra.

December 7 2017.

Ottawa—Thursday 7 November 2017—The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra salutes Carleton University’s Board of Governors on their motion to approve beginning negotiations for the potential purchase of Dominion-Chalmers United Church, located in the heart of our capital.

This motion, made yesterday evening, moves forward an important initiative that is about more than saving a treasured building; it is a potentially unparalleled gift to our city. The acquisition and investment in this church and de-facto concert hall would permit the cornerstones of Ottawa’s classical music community, including the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, to enhance their own great contributions to Ottawa’s cultural life.

The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, itself a community institution for over 100 years, is excited to about the possibility of partnering with Carleton in the use and development of this historic space, which would be adapted to accommodate the full complement of our 90-plus member orchestra. In addition, the Ottawa Symphony would re-locate its offices to Dominion-Chalmers. The Ottawa Symphony Board of Directors, and its artistic and administrative management welcome the opportunity to work closely with Carleton, its music programs, colleagues at Chamberfest, and Ottawa Symphony valued musicians, sponsors, funders and patrons to make this new home an even more vibrant musical space for the community.

“This initiative offers something new and exciting for our Orchestra, in a setting that is profoundly and historically rooted in community life,” noted Robert W. Peck, President of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors. “In addition to being our national capital, Ottawa is fast becoming a global destination in its own right. We applaud Carleton’s foresight in understanding how vital music is to the future of our city and our community. The decision by Carleton to enter into these negotiations is a game changer in that regard. We look forward to working with all parties on the way forward and to building an exciting programme that connects classical music to our community and beyond. Bravo!”

The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra is a professional ensemble renowned for its presentation of large symphonic works. Tracing our roots over 115 years, the current organization has existed continuously since 1965. Ottawa Symphony musicians are selected through a rigorous audition process, and are members of the Musicians Association of Ottawa-Gatineau. Our Symphony exists to provide a professional forum for local musicians to share their musical knowledge, talent and passion in our community: for lovers of symphonic music, the uninitiated, our city’s youth—and you!

Jaime Douglas