©Photo by John Perrins
"Ottawa's best-kept musical secret"
"A hidden jewel"
"High caliber of music"
Orchestra is an Ottawa-based group
of 75 musicians.
It began in 1984 as
a small ensemble playing in someone's basement
for their own pleasure and has evolved into a full-fledged
community symphony under the direction of Gordon Slater.
©Photo by Charles Frost
WINTER POPS CONCERT, 2018
& 21, 2018
Bedřich Smetana, The Moldau
Antonín Dvořák Slavonic Dances, Op. 46
Symphony No. 9 “from the New World”
All Concerts begin at
Woodroffe United Church - 207 Woodroffe Ave.
Adults $20; Seniors/Students $10
Children 13 and under Free
Advanced tickets available at the Leading Note
370 Elgin St., Suite No. 2
Tickets also available at the door
Divertimento Orchestra is now on
Elsa Slater, Gordon Slater, Bob Brown, Angela
Blackwell, David Sale
Orchestra Music at the Library
The British High Commission in Ottawa
held a reception in honor of
ŠPhoto by Lois Siegel
British High Commissioner Anthony Cary
and his wife Clare
Divertimento Orchestra conductor Gordon
Slater with his wife Elsa
Divertimento played two all-English concerts
Vaughan Williams, Overture to "The
Coleridge-Taylor, Violin Concerto,
Mark Hartt-Palmer, violin (Canadian premičre)
Elgar, Enigma Variations
And as an encore
a tune that everyone left humming
Elgar, Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1
by John Worrall
has conducted the orchestra since 1987
The Seventh Berkeley
The 66th Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America
The University of California at Berkeley
Listen to Divertimento Orchestra
©Photo by Lois Siegel
Suite No. 1
"I will never forget the emotions of
last week. It has been a while
since I had been "involved," and a longer time since the involvement
was with such dear people. You are all very special to me, and I
thank you and bless you for taking on such a "bold venture" with such
exciting and heartfelt results. I am much indebted to you all.
I salute all the artists, orchestra, chorus, Gloria Jean Nagy,
for unusual dedication and love for music."
You have much of which to be proud.
Composer "Movin' in My Heart"
First Performance, Divertimento
Kanata Choral Society
November 24-25, 2005.
I just have heard the CD
you sent which included my Concerto for Bass Trombone.
I'm so thrilled with that performance! Doug Burden sounds SO
lyrical player!! And your orchestra is just terrific - you got just the
right, lively energy and sparkle in the outer movements, and the middle
movement was wonderfully expressive - lush orchestral sound and
colors. I give your orchestra my heartiest congratulations. I really
thank you for introducing my music to your audience
with such a lovely performance!
New York City
on your Divertimento concert last night...
first opportunity to hear the whole orchestra in a final, polished
National Arts Centre Orchestra
"I enjoyed the concert. I had no idea that such
an ensemble exists in our city.
Faces of the musicians clearly
reflected their concentration and devotion to their art.
enjoyed very much the Divertimento concert. As a matter of fact,
was amazing! Congratulations! I was impressed with the
size of the orchestra."
Divertimento last night. Very impressive orchestra,
"Deborah and I greatly enjoyed the concert.
We were blown away by
program and the skill that the musicians demonstrated
in making this
Brian and Deborah Foster
"I really enjoyed the show. Lots of mood changes, and the orchestra
"The concert was fantastic! We greatly enjoyed ourselves,
out on the carols, and listening to the orchestra's selections.
The Sleigh Ride tune was a definite highlight of the show,
as was the 'Toy'
You know, it's really a very good group.
And it's wonderful to be sitting out there in the audience. Apart
fabulous flute section, Gordon's commentary was fascinating."
"The Divertimento Orchestra music excerpts are wonderful.
I had no idea that you folks sound so good. And looking at the
pictures of the strings,
I see you have three ( count 'em!) double bass players.
Now it's gotta be hard finding double bass players,
who can play classical music in a smaller city
"The music is lovely, and the orchestra
Wish I could play like that...."
"....a wonderful program...very stirring and
"It was terrific hearing
the orchestra last night. When you are playing, you don't
hear the same way as you do when you are just listening. I
sat in the back. The acoustics were excellent, and I could
hear all the changes in dynamics. Very smooth. Sounded
I really appreciated the quality of the orchestra.
And the audience was very large and attentive. I noticed
many people I knew who had been there before to hear
Divertimento, people who do not have the same DNA as anyone
in the orchestra, so you are building up a repeat audience
of new listeners. That's excellent.
The word has spread that Divertimento is an orchestra of
Thumbs Up" to everyone.
"25th Anniversary CD"
"Your new CD is excellent. Bravo!! Now you must begin
planning No. 2"
Lake Wales, Florida
"I couldn't get over
how good the Pops CD was. It honestly sounded like a
completely professional orchestra. You have such a great
and everybody is so nice, it makes me wish I lived in
©Photo by Lois Siegel
©Photo by Lois Siegel
Carl Widstrand recently received a wonderful accolade.
He traveled to Sweden for the jubilee , the 50th anniversary of the PhD
that he earned in 1958 at the University of Uppsala. Since 1804 that
institution has brought its PhD graduates back to celebrate their
accomplishments with their colleagues. Only seven of the
original class of 1958 returned to Uppsala, and it was Carl who
delivered the convocation address.
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by Lois Siegel, violin
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