Christmas with Marie-Josée Lord

OTTAWA, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - Cathedral Arts, the arts programme at Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa, has announced that the award-winning Haitian-born Soprano, Marie-Josée Lord, will be the star performer at its Annual Christmas Concert. The much acclaimed singer from Montreal, who has been thrilling audiences in Quebec and Europe with "the depth of her gifts and her charming personality", will be performing with the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys at the cathedral, 420 Sparks Street on Saturday, December 10th at 7:30PM.

Marie-Josée Lord studied in Italy and took master classes with Edouardo Müller.  She made her professional debut in 2003, singing Liù in Puccini's Turandot at Opéra de Québec. In 2005, Marie-Josée Lord received the Prix d'Excellence de la Culture, awarded by the Fondation de l'Opéra de Québec, and was selected to represent Canada at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition. (See: http://www.mariejoseelord.com)

Marie-Josée Lord was last in Ottawa for Canada Day 2010 on Parliament Hill when she sang The Royal Anthem in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip.  She was also the opening act for the Cathedral Arts Concert Season in October 2010, and is now back by popular demand.

Her first CD, recorded with the Orchestre Métropolitain, was released in November 2010, and has been a great success, with over 25,000 copies sold to date.

Jean-Philippe Côté-Angers of Le Soleil wrote: "Marie-Josée has the finesse to present her songs simply, elegantly and, above all, intelligently... Her approach of infusing everything she sings with the operatic spirit turns out to be very effective, and what at first seemed to be just a simple, light recital turned out, in the end, to be a solidly constructed work of art."

This past summer, the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys completed a performance tour of France and England which included celebrated performances at la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, the American Cathedral in Paris and, St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

Tickets, from $15 (Students) to $45, are available online at www.cathedralarts.com, or, by contacting Cathedral Arts at 613-567-1787; cathedralarts@yahoo.ca.

Image with caption: "Marie-Josée Lord will be performing at this year's Cathedral Arts Annual Christmas Concert with the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys on December 10th under the direction of Matthew Larkin at what will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the Christmas Season. (CNW Group/Cathedral Arts & Christ Church Cathedral)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111110_C4778_PHOTO_EN_6499.jpg

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John Dennison - 613-567-1787

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