Final Week

Our final weekend of the 2017 Festival.

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Tickets are also avalable at the Shaw Festival Box Office:

Canada’s Best will perform at St. Mark’s this Friday

We are all looking forward to the last of our Friday concerts for 2017.
Guido Basso, Dave Young, Terry Clark and John Sherwood
This week we will be at St. Mark’s, 41 Byron Street
Time 7:30 pm.

St. John String Quartet – bonus opening act.

The Saint John String Quartet concert starts at 7:30 but….

BONUS – OPENING ACT – 6:30 pm – A Trio of Premieres.

Come early and enjoy three brand new works by Canadian composers: Dimitriy Varelas,  Jim Hiscott and Mark Richards.
The Saint John String Quartet, one of Canada’s longest established string quartets will be performing with Richard Hornsby – clarinet and saxophone.

Ian McGimpsey Trio: The Future of Canadian Jazz
One last concert at the Epicurean Bistro.
Showtime 9:30

Tickets are available for dinner packages or for show-only. Enjoy an evening of cool jazz on the prettiest patio in town.

Karakoro: Japanese Dancers and Drummers
Show starts at 12:00 noon

Our free concerts in Simcoe Park are always a crowd-pleaser. These colourful dancers from Japan return again to entertain us at noon on Sunday. Bring a lawn-chair and a picnic and enjoy!

Closing Gala with Quartetto Gelato
Starting at 5:00

with a premiere of a new Canadian work by Dmitriy and Anatolyi Varelas, Taste of Freedom for String Quartet and Accordion .

We will celebrate the conclusion of our 2017 Festival with a reception at intermission.

“Virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnical solos, blazing gypsy show pieces, multi-instrument mastery and a World Accordion Champion – this is Quartetto Gelato.”

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July News

Chair’s Message
Why We Love Music Niagara…

On Sunday at the Get Ready to Tuba concert at St. Mark’s, there was a wonderful moment—an AHA! moment, for me—when my love of what Music Niagara really is, came into vivid focus. We were seeing and hearing exceptional musicality and a wonderful, very personal, stage presence. We were informed, entertained, amused and musically sated. In a special intimate setting with 75 or so of our musical family. What could be better than that?

That feeling—that moment—is what all our concerts aim to imbue, each and every time our performers take the stage. It is why the staff, our Board and our dozens of volunteers work so tirelessly to make it happen. We are very lucky.

By the time you read this, we will be almost half way through our 2017 Music Niagara season! I know many of you have already caught the momentum. But there is so, so much more to come.

Tim Taylor
Chair, Music Niagara

Relive the Scotch Mary show on COGECO
Thursday July 27, at 9:00pm

There was a festive air at our first Feel Good Friday concert, at the Market at the Village on July 21. The market tent was transformed into a concert venue—with lots of picnic tables surrounding the tent (reminiscent of a small Artpark!). The food trucks and beverage bars were busy. And the music was truly toe-tapping. Scotch Mary (of Big Night fame) kept the crowd moving with folk music from Canada’s four original provinces—and a few more. (Could someone please record the broadcast?)

Scotch Mary at The Village, July 21st.
The Fitzgeralds…
Friday July 28, 6:00pm, The Market at The Village

This Friday’s concert (July 28) features The Fitzgeralds, a fiddling and step dancing trio from the Ottawa Valley. This sibling act has earned three Canadian Grand master Fiddling Championships and numerous set dancing events. We better re-inforce the stage! Doors open at 5:00pm. The concert begins at 6:00pm. Lots of food and beverages available. See you there.

The Fitzgeralds
André Laplante Cancellation

On Tuesday afternoon we received the unhappy news that André LaPlante was unwell and unable to perform his concert that evening. In true Music Niagara fashion, staff, board and artists pulled together and created a miracle.

All ticket buyers were contacted by email and/or phone and Atis pulled together a brilliant concert with only a few hours notice.

Victoria Kogan was conscripted to play a solo piano recital of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky and the Gould String Quartet performed Mozart and Haydn. All those who attended were very happy that they did.

Saturday’s concert is also cancelled and will be replaced with a  performance featuring a wonderful Spanish pianist Leopoldo Erice and the Gould String Quartet. The program will consist of:

Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano Op. 110, 
Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano and Violin No.5 Op. 24 “Spring”
Cesar Frank’s very romantic Piano Quintet in F minor

Bonjour – Taste of Stradivari
Saturday July 29, 2:00 at Grace Church

The Bonjour Stradivari cello was made by famous luthier Antonio Stradivari in 1692. The instrument is named after the amateur 19th-century Parisian cellist Abel Bonjour. The Bonjour cello was restored at the George Heinl shop in Toronto and awarded to Cameron Crozman, a winner of the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition. 

On Saturday afternoon you will have the chance to see Cameron perform on this truly unique instrument, one of the best Stradivari cellos in the world!
More information here

Cameron Crozman
Laugh with Christopher Hall
Sunday July 30, 2:00pm, St. Mark’s Church

Our second Family Series concert features Christopher Hall, on clarinet, and a string quartet and reminds us, in a humorous and engaging way, that classical music is for everyone, not just an educated few. Hall takes a fun and engaging poke at the music and rituals surrounding the performance of classical music. Just take a look at the promotional picture!

Christopher Hall
Christopher Hall
Golf Tournament
Tournament will be held on Wednesday September 20th at Niagara on the Lake Golf Club

Price is $150 / $110 if you are a NOTL GC Member
Dinner only guests are welcome–$50
Targeting mixed foursomes, but also welcoming men’s foursomes and ladies foursomes
Our goal is 60 golfers, or 15 foursomes
There will be lots of prizes!
Details to follow.

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