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Baroque and Outside of: SweetWater Songs Pageant operates Sept. 12-17

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SWEETWATER Music Festival

SweetWater Songs Festival has announced its full line-up of concert events for the 20th-anniversary festival which will acquire spot from Sept. 12 to 17 in Owen Seem, Leith, and Meaford.  

“For twenty several years, SweetWater Tunes Festival has been charming and enriching the communities of Owen Sound and Meaford by spreading the joy of songs.  This year’s competition is a very pleased homage to the devoted audiences, challenging-functioning volunteers, and our supremely proficient musicians as we rejoice 20 many years of enjoying reside audio together!” says SweetWater artistic director, Edwin Huizinga.

The concept of the 20th-anniversary festival is Baroque & Outside of.  Artistic Director, Edwin Huizinga, has programmed a week of songs which will feature Bach’s 3rd, 5th, and 6th Brandenburg Concertos and other chamber is effective from the Baroque period such as operates by Corelli, Vivaldi, Handel, and Biber.  

Returning this September to celebrate the 20th anniversary will be the founding artistic director, Mark Much less, who will accomplish with the current creative director, Edwin Huizinga, on the finale concert.

Artists executing at SweetWater 2023 consist of: SHHH! Ensemble (piano-percussion duo), Tom Allen (host), Mark Much less (violin), Roberto Occhipinti Trio (jazz), Lori Gemmel (harp), Daniel Taylor (voice), Ellen McAteer (voice),  Manami Mizumoto (violin), Keith Hamm (viola), Isaac Chalk (viola), Julie Hereish (cello), Elinor Frey (cello), Elliot Figg (keyboard), Melisande McNabney (harpsichord), Lucas Harris (lute), Emi Ferguson (flute), Joseph Philips (bass), Chloe Fedor (violin), Keiran Campbell (cello), Suba Sankaran (voice), Deva Munay (seem bowls), and Edwin Huizinga (violin).

The Competition involves six ticketed concert events and eight cost-free group concerts, workshops, and activities.

The marketed-out 20th-anniversary gala will get position at the Tom Thomson Artwork Gallery on Sept. 13 and will be hosted by Tom Allen of CBC Radio.  Elinor Frey will complete a Baroque-motivated program of solo cello performs.

On Thursday, Sept. 14, the piano-percussion duo SHHH! Ensemble will accomplish a live performance at the Harmony Centre. The method, entitled Starry Night time, features new songs composed for SHHH!! by Monica Pearce, Jocelyn Morlock, Paolo Griffin, Mari Alice Conrad, and much more. Audiences will appreciate an opening established by Edwin Huizinga and Deva Munay, a seem healing professional.

Restricted tickets continue being for A Baroque Party which takes spot at Historic Leith Church on Friday, Sept. 15. The program will element Mark Less undertaking Biber’s Representiva, Elinor Frey performing some Dall’Abaco, and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.  

On Saturday, Sept. 16, at Georgian Shores United Church, Concertos and Songs for the Ages will feature Daniel Taylor and Ellen McAteer performing Bach’s Stabat Mater, and Isaac Chalk and Keith Hamm will be featured on Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6

This year’s Late Evening concert at Heartwood Concert Hall at 9:30 p.m. (doors 9 p.m.) will feature Roberto Occhipinti’s jazz trio. The trio will be actively playing tunes from Occhipinit’s previous recording The Future Phase on Modica music.

The finale live performance, Baroque and Roll, will consider position at Meaford Arts Centre on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. This end result of our 20th anniversary will attribute our artistic directors, past and present (Mark Much less and Edwin Huizinga) performing Corelli’s Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 4 and conclude with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.  The total viewers will be invited to celebrate SweetWater’s 20th anniversary at a reception just after the concert.

SweetWater’s Cost-free Group Events for 2023 consist of:

Audio Journey (9 a.m. on Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th) a sound bowl healing meditation featuring Deva Munay, a regular collaborator of Edwin Huizinga’s from California

New music For Munchkins (10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, Harmony Centre) a free of charge live performance for little ones, featuring Keith Hamm and Julie Hereish, designed for young children ages one particular-to-five years old.

Bach Bash (1:30 p.m., Sat. Sept 16, Harmony Centre) a luthier show exactly where attendees can hear SweetWater artists complete on domestically manufactured string instruments and fulfill nearby luthiers.

Classical Jam Sesh (2:30 p.m., Sat. Sept 16th, Harmony Centre), a participatory classical jam session for string gamers on Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.  Participants can download new music and sign up on SweetWater’s web page.

Two totally free noon-hour concert events


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     JS Bach’s Long Wander in the Snow Showcasing CBC Radio’s Tom Allen & Pals (midday, Saturday, September 16th, Harmony Centre)  ” …a coming-of-age-story about a scorching-headed, compact-city orphan who narrowly averted committing murder, turned his again on a perfectly very good occupation and walked 400 kilometres north to find like, fulfilment, and the father figure he didn’t know he essential.” 


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    Next Wave Showcase (midday, Sunday, Sept. 17 Harmony Centre) that includes members from SweetWater’s Upcoming Wave emerging artists program Simon Hauber (violin), Olivier Lafleur (violin), & Jessa Rutter (piano)


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Competition Passes are bought out, but one tickets are accessible at the Roxy Theatre Box Office environment (519) 371-2833 and the Meaford Arts Centre (519) 538-0463

SweetWater is grateful for ongoing support of its several personal donors, corporate associates, private foundations (in particular the Leflar Basis), and important public funders (Canadian Heritage, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Municipality of Meaford).