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Volume 9 Issue 10 - July/August 2004

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(Muskoka Lakes Music Festival , continued from page 13) and your evenings at the Port Carling Memorial Community Centre, the venue for all the concerts ex - cept for the ones that are part of a boat cruise .. Collingwood Music Festival Quartetto Gelato One of the highlights of last summer for me was hearing a recital by cellist, Denise Djokic, at the Collingwood Music Festival. Arriving in Collingwood late in the afternoon we first located the venue for the concert and then a truly charming restaurant for dinner. The concert itself was spectacular, qualifying for a standing ovation according to the criteria I presented in the October 2003 Quodlibet. The venue, too, was delightful, an old Methodist church, sort of a scaled down Trinity-St. Paul's or Eastminster, with terrific acoustics. After the concert we walked along. Collingwood's very quiet streets before driving to our B & B in nearby Stayner. This year the festival has a new venue, a more modem church complete with air-conditioning and wheel-chair access. The charm factor may not be quite as high but the comfort factor will be considerably higher. Like the Muskoka Lakes Festival, Collingwood offers a broad range of music, from Anton Kuerti playing Schubert and Brahms and Coenraad Bloemendal and Valerie Tryon playing the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas to Klezmer by Martin Van de Ven and Brian Katz, vocal jazz stylings by The Nylons; Ragtfrne with John Arpin, the Mediterranean guitar of Pavlo (who will-also be at the Muskoka Lakes Festival), Quartetto Gelato, which is at home in almost any genre, a fluteharp duo, and even a concert band, the National Band of the Naval Reserve, on July 30. The Festival runs from· July 12 to August 6. Wine,' Blues and All That Jazz "Imagine a late July afternoon; you are sipping award winning wine while the strains of jazz and blues drift through the orchards on a summer breeze. You take a stroll through the "Art in the Orchard" displays then meander through the colourful cabanas, savouring culinary delights prepared before your very eyes! ... That's "Wine Blues and All That Jazz." This description from the "Wine, Blues and All That Jazz" website sums up what to expect. The festival offers continuous live jazz and blues on the Orchardside stage, displays of the work of potters, oil and water colour.painters, photographers, jewelers, wood carvers, metal sculptors and award winning fruit wines produced rig4t there at the Birtch Farms and Estate Winery. Musically.over its three days (July '-,,.--"'"----"""'-..c... 23-25) the festival will show- Empire Brass case nine different groups from the Woodstock-London area. Descrip­ ' tions of them can be found at www.winebluesj, It · sounds like a great way to spend a day in late' July. Ottawa Chamber Music Festival "" This year's edition of the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival begins the same weekend, July 24 and continues until August 7, bringing together in Ottawa some of the best artists in the world for two weeks packed with music. The list of "pass-plus" concerts (the ones for which tickets are required in addition to a festival pass) reads like a who's who of the music world: the Empire ~Brass, Tokyo String Quartet, Beaux Arts Trio, Emma Kirkby, James Ehnes, Theatre of Early Music, Monica Huggett, Marc-Andre Hamelin and the Leipzig String Quartet. The festival will present 110 concerts, which means there will be virtually continuous music over the course of the two weeks, all presented in churches and buildings of the Uni- . versity of Ottawa, all within walking distance of each other in picturesque downtown Ottawa. Julian Armour, the festival's founder and director, also a cellist and one of the festival's performers, has once again done an extraordinary job of creating a magical two weeks of music making in the nation's capital. Plan to be there for at )east part of it! E;IRCTT s·uMMER M U S I C FESTIVAL 2004 . JULY 1 0 TO AUG. 1 9 FEATURING THE NATIONAL ACADEMY ORCHESTRA HAMILTON/BURLINGTON/MUSKOKA CALL 905-525-SONG (7664) BBB.4'75.9377 WWW.BROTT MUSIC.COM )UL Y 1 - SE PT 7 2004

Rochester - It's a Breeze Song and Wine at the Other End of the Ferry by Phil Ehrensaft Not to mince words, I nev- that loop on the way back, even . ~r thought about exp'.or- Eastman and Bop weren't incenmg Rochester dunng tive enough. years of Toronto/New York City I started rethinking a couple of drives made for family and musi- years ago, while researching The cal reasons. (I did sample some of Commission Project, a Rochesterthe 83 Finger Lakes wineries in based jazz program that supports the greater Rochester region's residencies by noted musician/comsouthem corridor, though. Coop- posers in high schools across the eration between Cornell scientists U.S. The musician composes a and local growers has transformed piece to be played by a student jazz a routine dairying and table grape ensemble at graduation, explains the area into premier vinyyards.) how and why of musical choices Aside from the Eastman School as the composition takes shape. of Music, Julliard's serious 'com- Then he rehearses the ensemble petitor. for top U.S. conservatory and plays with them on the big day. crown, and The Bop Shop, a na- Just how transformative a life tional Mecca for record collectors, event this is for students, and imwhy visit Rochester? After three portant for the future of jazz, behours looping around Lake Ontario came crystal clear when I attended on the way to the Met, or facing CONTINUED ON PAGE 32 u Visit "The County" and experience the 18th annual Port Milford Chamber Music Festival in a location known for its exquisite beaches, historic homes, bike tours, antiques, local artists and exciting new vineyards. July 16, 8 p.m. The Madawaska string quartet with guest artists, Katharine Rapoport and John Marshman perform a program of Dance Music including: Evangelista, Dvorak, Gzowski , ,Volans and Amy Beach, at St. Mary Magdalene, Picton July 17, 2 p.m. Students perform choral, chamber and orchestral works in "The Barn" atMPM July 23, 8 p.m. Chiara String Quartet perform Mozart, Shostakovich, Dvorak at St. Mary Magdalene, Picton July 24, 2 p.m. Students perform choral, chamber and orchestral works at South Bay Church, Milford July 30, 8 p.m. The Kirby String Quartet perform Mozart, Feldman, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, at St. Mary Magdalene, Picton July 31, 2 p.m. Students perform choral, chamber and orchestral works in "The Barn" at MPM August 6, 8 p.m. Students perform choral, chamber and orchestral works at St. Mary Magdalene, Picton August 13, 8 p.m. Marie Berard, Rohan Gregory, Angela Rudden, Susan Gagnon, Roberta Janzen perform Mozart, Sculhoff, Arenski, Borodin at St. Mary Magdalene, Picton August 14, 2 p.m. Students perform choral, chamber and orchestral works at South Bay Church, Milford Phone:613-476-7735 Email: Website: thMILL-RACE FESTIVAL . of . 2004 ..-.... Traclitional Folk Music Four Outdoor Stages• Arts & Crafts• Chidren·s Stilge •Rain or Shine Jhe .7.Je,-,.d,) Zfrns The l3lair Scottish Country Dan~ers .1 7Jna11 7JC?!ers Cold Barn Morris Cfrum61y !be Clown DJ Carroll Cnocb 7(enl The Ft'aron-Butler­ O'Connor Irish Dancers (Jlap/ac.k Half Crown Clog )/alfe Jeremy l\·loyer Ensemble Bos

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