Benefit concert for Casa Marisa (Orphanage in Kinshasa, Congo) - November 1, 2019

After a little break the "Concerts in Parc Champlain" are back with a special event that will take place on Friday November 1, at 8pm (30 Rue de Saint-Malo, Gatineau).

This will be a benefit concert in order to financially support a couple of orphanages that go with the name of "Casa Marisa" in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I personally have the pleasure to know a couple of friends in Italy that had the opportunity to build their own family adopting three beautiful siblings from such orphanages. During they adventure they also undertook the challenge to create "Tribù del Mondo" an Association that is helping and supporting the kids that live in those orphanages not without having to deal with daily difficulties.

If you like, you can take a moment to watch an interesting documentary about the orphanages at this LINK.It is in Italian, nevertheless the video can convey a clear idea of the conditions in which these kids live everyday and the efforts put by all the volunteers who are trying to offer them a better life and a better future.

Joining me for this purpose is my friend and great violist Jethro Marks. We will present a program of music by Rota, Vieuxtemps and Brahms, followed as always by some tasteful bites and a drink kindly prepared by my wife Elisa Cavalleri 

A donation of 30$ per person is welcomed and the proceeds will go to "Casa Marisa".

As always seats are limited to 45, and we ask a reservation in order to make sure not to overbook (please write to Should you need to cancel please let us know in time so that we can try to fill every space. A full room means more help for the kids in Kinshasa. 

I look forward to see you soon

Mauro Bertoli




Jethro Marks, principal viola of the NAC Orchestra, and Mauro Bertoli, professor of piano at Ottawa University and piano accompanist at the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau, present a program of emotionally charged and virtuosic music for the viola and piano.The viola had a few compositional champions through the nineteenth century who left remarkable works that exploit it’s rich, dark timbre. Among them were Johannes Brahms, who wrote two sonatas for the viola and piano at the end of his life, and Henri Vieuxtemps, who was well known as a violinist, but turned to composing for the viola near the end of his life.


Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881)
Elegie, for Viola and Piano, op.30

Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881)
Sonata for Viola and Piano in B flat major, op.36

Nino Rota (1911-1979)
Intermezzo for Viola and Piano

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Sonata for Viola and Piano in F minor, op.120 no. 1