Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra

The Thirteen Strings ChThirteen_Strings (1)amber Orchestra, Ottawa’s premiere professional chamber orchestra, was founded in 1976 by conductor Brian Law and string players from the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Now directed by Kevin Mallon, the orchestra has a diverse repertoire– covering music from the Baroque era to 21st century music – and has commissioned 100 new works from Canadian composers.

The orchestra’s core of thirteen string players is regularly supplemented by guest performers. From baritones to sopranos, from marimba players to Klezmer specialists, guest artists have helped develop Thirteen Strings into one of the best-known and most eclectic chamber orchestras in Canada.

The Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra presents its own subscription concert series and has collaborated with many arts organizations in Ottawa. These have included: Le Festival de musique sacrée, Ottawa’s Seventeen Voyces, the Music and Beyond festival, the Cantata Singers, Ottawa’s Viennese Winter Ball, the West Fest street festival and the McGill Chamber Orchestra. In December 2013, the annual Christmas Concert was filmed for television and broadcast to over 140 countries on EWTN. Many of its concerts have been broadcast across Canada on CBC Radio and Radio-Canada. The Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra made its first recording on the Naxos label in June 2014, with a recording of Franz Beck’s six symphonies, opus 2.

For more about the orchestra, please visit their website.

The Stevens & Kennedy Band

The members of The Stevens & Kennedy Band hail from across North America and include former RCMP Band members. Within their ranks they include the best musicians in the Ottawa Region and are proud of the reputation they have earned as one of the best in live music in the National Capital Region. Over the band’s history, they have shared billing with such stars as Dionne Warwick, The Canadian Brass, Kashtin and Maureen Forester. The Stevens & Kennedy Band is proud to have been a part of the Viennese Winter Ball tradition and band members look forward to this special event with anticipation and excitement.

For more about the band, please visit their website.

Junior Thirteen Strings

The Junior Thirteen Strings is an education project that evolved from the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra and provides young string players a unique opportunity to perform with the orchestra. Following an audition process, the young players are invited to play one concert with Thirteen Strings during the regular concert season. The program also provides a very special opportunity to receive coaching from the principal players of the orchestra and from conductor Kevin Mallon.

The Junior Thirteen Strings have played regularly for the Viennese Winter Ball and at the Austrian Embassy for the Thirteen Strings’ garden party. They have also performed several times as part of the Music and Beyond festival during the Ottawa Family Music Expo, and alongside the professional members of the Thirteen Strings in an evening concert.

Not only are the Junior Thirteen Strings performing during The Viennese Winter Ball, they are also one of the Ball’s beneficiaries.

For more about the ensemble, please visit their website.



The OrKidstra program is a community development program to give inner-city children the opportunity to learn life skills such as teamwork, commitment and responsibility through the joys and challenges of singing and playing music together. The program began in 2007 with 27 children and the passionate belief in the transformative power of music. It has since grown to include close to 400 children, ages 5-19, from 42 cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and has become a world-class example of why music is called the universal language. OrKidstra will not only be performing during The Viennese Winter Ball, but is also one of the Ball`s beneficiaries.

For more about the ensemble, please visit their website.

Canterbury Choral Ensemble

Canterbury High School is home to four choral ensembles and the singers for tonight’s
performance are drawn from those ensembles. Under the direction of James Caswell, the
Canterbury ensembles perform both at school and throughout the community, with the
singers taking great pride in a collaborative spirit and participating in a variety of joint
performances and workshops. The singers come from various areas of the school and
represent all grade levels of instruction. It is a pleasure to be a part of this collaboration
with Music & Beyond.

For more about the ensemble, please visit their website.

Canterbury Senior Jazz Ensemble

Canterbury High School has a focused Arts program. Comprised of grade 11 and 12
students, The Canterbury Senior Jazz Ensemble performs a variety of latin, funk, and
straight ahead swing charts. Always looking for opportunities to perform.

For more about the ensemble, please visit their website.

2019 Guest Performers


Kellylee Evans has continued to evolve her distinctive sound as her career has grown from her jazz roots. She won a Juno Award in 2011 for Nina, a beautiful tribute to one of jazz’s greatest vocalists and pianists, Nina Simone. She also received Juno and Gemini nominations in 2007 and a win for Best Female Artist at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards.  She took second place in the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition in 2004. Her energy-charged live shows have led to opening spots for George Benson, Tony Bennett, Maceo Parker, John Legend, and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.




Already recognized for her expressive music making, distinctive sound, and virtuosity, Maria is a young musician with a growing career as a soloist. Throughout her childhood, music has always been a focus in Maria’s life. She has been studying the violin since she was four years old, under the tutelage of Olena Vyhovska and Serhii Vyhovskyi. In November 2016, Maria competed as the youngest semi-finalist of the l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition. Maria performs on the 1940 Piero Parravicini (Milano).


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