Baroque Voyage: Sonatas for harpsichord and Baroque violin

Annand/Nerenberg, April 6 at 7pm

From early Baroque to early Classical, exquisite masterworks by Arcangello Corelli, Élizabeth Jacquet-de-la-Guerre, CPE Bach, and more!
Performances by Laura Nerenberg, Baroque Violin and Thomas Annand, Harpsichord. Experience the Baroque on period instruments in this intimate venue, which boasts one of the best acoustics in Ottawa.

Your ticket includes sweets and savouries, coffee or tea, or purchase a glass of wine or craft beer.

Thomas Annand, harpsichord: A stalwart in Ottawa’s classical music scene since his move in 1992 to become Music Director and Organist at St. Andrew’s Church, Thomas Annand has established himself as one of the region’s most versatile musicians. Audiences will recognize him at the organ, or the harpsichord, or the celesta, or on the conductor’s podium with such ensembles as NACO, Les Violons du Roy, Thirteen Strings and Capital BrassWorks. Of course, he is equally at ease at the piano, collaborating with many vocalists and instrumentalists.

Laura Nerenberg, violin: Montreal-born violinist Laura Nerenberg finds great pleasure in exploring music of all eras. A founding member of Gatineau’s “Ensemble Prisme” and the Ottawa Baroque Consort, she has many years’ experience playing chamber music in the region. She is also active in Ottawa’s jazz scene, playing with Courage4 and the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra as soloist and concertmaster. Laura is also active as a Suzuki violin and improvisation teacher, working with students aged 3 to 18.


Thomas Annand and Laura Nerenberg have been performing as a duo since 2016. They are undertaking a multi-year, multi-venue project performing all ten Sonatas for Piano and Violin by Ludwig van Beethoven. This is the second concert in this undertaking, having performed Sonatas #4, #5 and #6 in 2016. Along with cellist, Daniel Parker, they founded the Triptych Piano Trio in 2016, which has upcoming concerts in March and May, 2018.

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Community Concerts

Celtic Rigs, Jeels, and Other Madness
Friday, March 22 at 7:30pm

Chris Crilly, founder member of BARDE, joins guitarist Stewart Burrows to bring you Celtic Music – airs, slow and otherwise. With fiddle, piano, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and voice, Crilly and Burrows explore baroque and contemporary sounds through sean nós and duet songs, improvisation on traditional Celtic dance music and the compositions of Turlough Ó Carolan, Ruaidhrí Dall Ó Catháin, Niel Gow, Tom Anderson, Archie Fisher and others. A couple of BARDE songs may also find their way into the program.

Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday, April 14 at 10am
Mark the start of Holy Week and the journey to Easter with a celebratory and solemn Palm Sunday service.

Maundy Thursday Dinner Church, April 18 at 6:30pm
The service will include a simple soup supper, readings, foot washing (optional), communion, and the stripping of the altar. And the whole service will take place in the church upstairs, in the place where we gather to encounter God every Sunday.

Good Friday: Stations of the Cross for Kids, April 19 at 10am
The story of Jesus’ crucifixion made accessible for children (spoiler alert: we give the good news about the happy ending, too!)

Good Friday: Contemplative Prayer, April 19 at 11am
Join in an hour of contemplation and prayer, reflecting and responding to the Stations of the Cross. Accessible for everyone.

Liturgy of Good Friday, April 19 at 12 noon
A solemn liturgy of the Lord’s passion.

Easter Sunrise Service, April 21 at 5:30 am
Easter Sunrise Service, followed by Easter breakfast.

Easter Day Eucharist, April 21 at 10am
Release the Alleluias and celebrate the good news of Easter!

Blessing of the Animals

In memory of the love St. Francis had for all creatures, Ascension celebrates a Blessing of the Animals this Sunday. This one time in the year, your fur bundle is invited to church to receive a special blessing! No bundle, no problem: Stuffed pets, pet photos, and memories of pets are also most welcome. House trained appreciated.

All My Relations

Learning from home: The history and legacy of residential schools

Education has gotten us into this mess, and education will get us out

Hon. Senator Murray Sinclair, Former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The purpose of this program is to deepen our understanding about the impact of residential schools on the lives of Indigenous peoples; the Anglican Church’s role in the schools and; the ongoing commitment of the Anglican Church to reconciliation and justice.

The program is also a continuation of Church of the Ascension’s ongoing efforts to bring to life the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Call to Action #59 as we agreed at our 2017 Vestry:

#59. We call upon church parties to the Settlement Agreement to develop ongoing education strategies to ensure that their respective congregations learn about their church’s role in colonization, the history and legacy of residential schools, and why apologies to former residential school students, their families, and communities were necessary.

The program consists of two online learning sessions to be experienced at home; a 3.5 hour workshop was presented at Church of the Ascension on March 17, 2018. The online sessions contain a variety of materials. You may find it most convenient to select articles/media of interest, and come back to others later.

Access the Introduction here.

Access the First Learning Module here.

Access the Second Learning Module here.