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Volume 8 Issue 9 - June 2003

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MUSKOKA LAKES MUSIC FESTIVAL As I looked at the web site for the Huntsville Festival a,nd the Muskoka Lakes Festival I was · struck by the emphasis placed on the relationship of these festivals to the communities in which they are located. In addition to the cultural enrichment it provides for area residents, cottagers and visitors alike, the Festival plays an important role in the rural economy and vitality of Muskoka. For example, this was taken from the Muskoka Lakes Music Festival's web site: "It has a very positive·impaCt on quality oflife in Muskoka. Many people have been introduced to world~class classical music and other art forms that would otherwise not have been through local availability and low ticket prices. We have provided music for many art shows and for other local fundraising groups, in the area of arts and heritage specifically anc\ other not-forprofit groups. As the Festival grows it is attracting ~udiences from all over the province and beyond, significantly increasing tourism and adding im{11easurably to the local economy." If this is true. of a single summer music festival, think of the imp act of the 300+ concerts a mun th occurring in ·Toronto - is anyone listening? FESTIVALOFTIIESOUND Many of you will have heard "the four Jims" on the radio, clarinetist, Jim Campbell, oboist, Jim Mason, bassoonist, Jim McKay and horn player, 'Jim Sommerville. Even though they are "all over the map" in the winter-Campbell is a . professor of clarinet at Indfana University's famous mu~ic school, Mason is the first oboist in the Kitchener­ Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, McKay is the conductor of the Faculty of Music Symphony Orchestr~ in London, Ontario and Sommerville is first horn in the Boston Symphony Orchestra - the four convene every summer in Parry Sound, where they perform as the "Festival Winds." Witty as they Niapara ;v·. International Chamber Music Festival July 29 - August 20, 2003 Daily Concerts in intimate and acoustically superb venues in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake with renowned artists from across Canada, the U.S. and'around the world. The Niagara International Chamber Music Festival will present 34 concerts, each programmed to suit its venue and provide a unique musical experience. Venues include four historic churches in Niagara-on-the­ Lake, four wine~ies (Peller Estates, Chateau des Charmes, Stonechurch and Strewn), the old Court House and the Museum. With this range of ve11ues, the Festival offers a broad spectrum of chamber music: • Glenn Gould and Chamber Music ( 4 Gould concerts, performed by his associates Robert Silverman and PeterTiefenbach) • G.B. Shaw on Music (3 concerts with Shaw's reviews read by Christopher Newton and Jamie Mainprize) • Wine and Music (cabaret. to romance, harpsichord to clarinet, Mozart to Weill. Don't miss "Wine and Violin or Cello Tasting.")• Church Concert series (including Vocal Night, Art of the' String Quartet, Madrigals Olde and New, ~nd Stand Up Music) • Words and Music (poetry and music - free admission) • Harp. Extravanganza (with Nora Bumanis), Open Master Classes (Strings and piano) and Open Rehearsals. For details visit the Niagara International Chamber Music , Festival web site: Tickets: Adults Students (Galas$ I 0 extra) Tickets available at the door 3 0 minutes before each concert. Adva~ce tickets available at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce at 1-905-468-1950 or on the Internet at www.niagaraonthelake.corrtfficketEvent.jsp) VISA and MasterCard accepted. World's largest chamber music festival 1 OTH ANNIVERSARY! Jhis summer the Ottawa Chamber Music Society will celebrate the 10 11 ' anniversary of the Ottawa International Chamber Music festival from July 26 to August 9, 2003 with 110 concerts and over 250 musicians in what has becom_e a vibrant summer showcase of the world's best chamber music. 2003 Festival highlights: Ji Ji Ji Ji Ji Ji Ji Gala opening with Ten Pianos Ten string quartets including the Borodin, Tokyo, Emerson, St . Lawrence and Juilliard String Quartets Renowned early music soprano Emma Kirkby Legendary violinist Ida Handel, the Gryphon Trio·and violinist Andrew Dawes A Tour of the World through chamber music Cabaret concerts Young People's Concerts Ji Concerts at 10 am, noon, 8 pm·and 11 p~ 613-234-8008 June 1 - July 7·2003

are talented, the four have with some regret had to stop performing this year in their namesake, "The Gym" and have understandably adopted St. James' Church as their performance venu.e. The big news from the Festival of the Sound this year, of course, is the opening of The Charles W. Stockey Festival Performance Hall, described in the Festival's brochure as "an intimate 480-seat hall, with the warmth and feel of a Georgian Bay cottage ... with a view of Georgian Bay sunsets .... at intermission through the expansive curtainwall of glass overlooking the Bay." COLLINGWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL Another view of Georgian Bay can be found at the Collingwood Festival, where performers as diverse as The Nylons and Denise Djokic will be performing this summer. EASTERLY OTIAWA CHAMBER MUSIC Fl

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