Come to the party! Celebrating its 40th seasons this summer. In its 40-year history, the Festival of the Sound has become a go-to destination for musicians and music lovers alike. It is Canada’s premier classical and jazz music festival, internationally recognized by various organizations including the CBC as one of Canada’s Top Summer Festivals and by Festivals & Events Ontario as one of the Top 100 Festivals or Events in Ontario. From July 19 to August 10, the Festival of the Sound hosts over 60 events, consisting of 70 unique musicians and 20 ensembles from Canada and around the world. And it all takes place on the beautiful shores of Georgian Bay. It’s where the world’s great musicians come to play.

Coming events

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06/08/2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – For those who missed it last year and for all who wish to see it just one more time. The afternoon includes two films, the documentary “The Making of Sounding Thunder” and a screening of the premiere performance in the Stockey Centre. An open discussion with composer Timothy Corlis and film-maker Earl McCluskie.

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05/08/2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – The Jazz Canada Weekend ends on a cruise with Dave Young, Terry Clarke and David Restivo. Featuring Heather Bambrick on vocals.

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05/08/2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Exactly 40 years ago today at this time, under the direction of Anton Kuerti, the Festival of the Sound presented this all-Beethoven concert as its first in the Parry Sound High School Gymnasium. Beethoven: Trio in B-fl at Major, Op. 11 Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 (Pathétique) Violin Sonata No. 4 in A […]

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04/08/2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Craig Harley is joined by his friends John Southworth and the South Seas in a Sunday afternoon of folk, jazz and song, their own unique brand of music-making.

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02/08/2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Celebrating the legacy of Joni Mitchell.

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01/08/2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Julie Nesrallah shares beautiful music and engaging stories with the same charm she brings to her morning CBC Radio show Tempo. Saint-Saëns: Caprice on Danish & Russian Airs Saint-Saëns: Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix from Samson & Delilah Bizet: Two Arias from Carmen Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 Gilliland: From Shining Shores Ring […]

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01/08/2019 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Brahms: Two Songs, Op. 91 for voice, viola & piano Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49

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01/08/2019 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Mozart: Piano Sonata in F Major, K. 332 Beethoven: Violin Sonata in E-fl at Major, Op. 12 No. 3 Zemlinsky: Trio in D minor, Op. 3

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01/08/2019 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am – Julie Nesrallah and Andrea Ratuski share their experiences as broadcasters of classical music on CBC radio.

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31/07/2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Britten: Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op. 27 Brahms: Nänie, Op. 82 Poulenc: Chansons françaises Plus selections by James MacMillan and Bob Chilcott. 40th Anniversary congratulations to the Elora Festival.

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31/07/2019 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Hiscott: Blue Ocean Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major, D. 929

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31/07/2019 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Telemann: Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in D minor, TWV 51:d1 Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major Bach: Chaconne from Partita in D minor Vivaldi: Trio Sonata in D minor, RV 63

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31/07/2019 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am – Jeffrey Stokes hosts the directors of Festivals from across the country and Europe.

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30/07/2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Vivaldi: The Four Seasons Each season is enhanced through a tale by an indigenous story-teller, an art song, the sonnet on which the concerto is based and projected images.

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30/07/2019 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Bach: Violin Sonata in B minor, BWV 1014 Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38

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30/07/2019 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Beethoven: 12 Variations on “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen”, Op. 66 for cello & piano Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102 No. 1 Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

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27/07/2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Juno-winning banjoist and composer Jayme Stone makes music bridging folk, jazz and chamber music.

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27/07/2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – A documentary of the 1969 Big Sur Folk Festival in California with footage of some of the ‘60s best, including Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills and Nash. A rare opportunity to see Celebration, filmed at Big Sur 50 years ago, just one month after the larger and better-known Woodstock Festival.

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27/07/2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 am – Young fiddlers and guitarists strut their stuff.

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25/07/2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C# minor The Stockey Centre reverberates with the thrilling sounds of Mahler’s masterpiece.

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25/07/2019 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Mozart: String Quartet No. 19, K. 465 (Dissonance) Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810 (Death and the Maiden)

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25/07/2019 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 am – An adaptation of Thomas Mann’s classic about a composer, paralysed by ennui and repressed emotion, who discovers a last vestige of beauty and emotion during a visit to Venice at the turn of the century. Believing himself lost to the muse, he becomes obsessed by a beautiful young boy holidaying with his mother in the […]

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24/07/2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Beethoven: String Quartet No. 7 in F Major Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor (arr. Lachner)

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24/07/2019 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Clara Schumann: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17 Dohnányi: Sextet in C Major, Op. 37

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24/07/2019 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Mendelssohn: Auf Flügeln des Gesanges Venetianisches Gondellied Chopin: Barcarolle in F# Major, Op. 60 Schubert: Auf dem Wasser zu Singen, D. 774 Glick: The sea is awash with roses Ireland: Sea Fever Kern: Old Man River Copland: Shall We Gather at the River

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23/07/2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Gabrieli: Canzon septimi toni à 8 Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C Major Bizet/Guiraud: Suite from Carmen Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351 Harry James: Stardust Lennon & McCartney: When I’m 64 Harry Handy: St. Louis Blues March

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23/07/2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – In the tradition of Tuesday evening free Summer Concerts at the Stockey Centre, the Festival of the Sound joins in the fun with the Hannaford Brass on the waterside deck.

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23/07/2019 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 Schumann: Romances, Op. 94 Schubert: Quintet in A Major (The Trout)

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23/07/2019 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Stravinsky: Petroushka for piano four-hands With original artwork by Alan Stein portraying each scene. Lutosławski: Variations on a Theme of Paganini

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22/07/2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – The thrilling sound of brass over the evening waters on Georgian Bay. Ten musicians from the Hannaford Street Silver Band.

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22/07/2019 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Albinoni: Concerto in D minor, Op. 9 Bach: Prelude & Fugue in G Major, BWV 541 Bédard: Suite de concert Hakim: Allegro con spirito Dupré: Cortège et litanie, Op. 19 No. 2 Defaye: Prelude V Bach: Fugue à la gigue in G Major, BWV 577

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22/07/2019 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am – The concert accordion from 1890 to the present. Joseph Petric and Guy Few in duo and solo works with commentary and visual projections of virtuosi and instruments from the past 120 years.

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21/07/2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – In the tradition of the great Viennese Galas of past and present, hosts Leslie Fagan and Guy Few welcome Canadian superstars Kristina Szabó, Colin Ainsworth, Sam Chan and Carolyn Maule to an evening filled to the brim with spectacular music. Special guest appearances including accordionist Joseph Petric will round out an evening not to be […]

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21/07/2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Join Gene DiNovi, one of the Festival’s longest and most beloved friends, in the intimate performance space at the Festival Station Office. Gene will introduce the music he has lived with and loved for decades.

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20/07/2019 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Our annual dinner gala continues the celebration of the 40th season as we honour our history and all those who have played a part in the Festival’s growth through so many successes and challenges since that first season in 1980. The party begins with hors d’oeuvres in the lobby as guests gather for the evening. […]

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19/07/2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – A programme of highlights of past seasons to celebrate our shared history, including excerpts from: Handel: Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah Cohen: Hallelujah Bach: from B minor Mass Orff: from Carmina Burana Gilbert & Sullivan: “favourite bits” Beethoven: Ode to Joy Mozart: from Requiem Glick: The Hour has Come Plus the world premiere of The Sound: […]

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10/08/2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Overture TBA Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol Smetana: The Moldau Ravel: Boléro

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10/08/2019 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Ravel’s Boléro is the backdrop to this 1979 American romantic comedy film.

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08/08/2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Haydn: Quartet in D Major, Op. 2 No. 2 Ravel: Tzigane for violin & piano Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488 for piano & string quintet (Arr. Lachner)

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08/08/2019 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Dvorak: Slavonic Dance, Op. 72 No. 2 Tchaikovsky: Scherzo from Symphony No. 6 Shostakovich: Concertino for two pianos, Op. 94 Lutosławski: Variations on a theme by Paganini Graham Campbell: Pender Harbour Paradise (A new work commissioned by Pender Harbour Festival to be premiered there on August 17.)

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07/08/2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Celebrating 15 seasons of a musical friendship. Haydn: String Quartet No. 29 in G Major Corlis: Raven and the First Men (The inspiration for James Campbell to commission Sounding Thunder) Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131

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07/08/2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Celebrating the Discovery Series of years past. Continuum Contemporary Music brings the premieres by three emerging composers.

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07/08/2019 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Prokofiev: Adagio from Cinderella, Op. 97bis Revel/Cheng: Pavane pour une infante défunte Poulenc: Sonate pour violoncelle & piano, FP 143 Schumann: Five Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102

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07/08/2019 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Mozart: Duo in G Major for viola & violin, K. 423 Handel/Halvorsen: Passacaglia for viola & bass Shostakovich: Sonata for viola & piano, Op. 147 Gillian will tell you about her 1619 Nicolò Amati viola.

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06/08/2019 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Elegant dinner concerts are a long tradition at the Festival of the Sound. This year, with a nod to all those special evenings, we invite you to Elegance, a full-course dinner with wine in a stunning log clubhouse with wonderful acoustics.

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13/08/2017 @ 1:30 pm – 12:00 am – End the weekend and your Festival experience with light music to accompany a traditional English Tea including sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, fruit. Mimosas will be sold at the bar.

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12/08/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – Morawetz: Overture to a Fairy Tale Mendelssohn: Scottish Symphony No. 3 in A minor Bernstein: Tonight from West Side Story Gilbert & Sullivan: Poor Wandering One Bottesini: Gran Duo Concertante for violin & bass Parry: Jerusalem Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 Arne: Rule Britannia and National Anthem Burns/Trad: Auld Lang Syne

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11/08/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – Cohen: Hallelujah Handel: Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah Braid: Corona Divinae Misericordiae for soprano, chorus, and chamber orchestra Bach: Lobet den Herrn, BWV 230 Beethoven: Hallelujah from The Mount of Olives

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11/08/2017 @ 10:30 pm – 12:00 am – In 2018 the Festival will premiere a new work to honour the Canadian Icon, Francis Pegahmagabow. This workshop will be the first meeting of the musicians with composer Tim Corlis.

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11/08/2017 @ 1:30 pm – 12:00 am – Mascall: Nanabush and the Mighty Beaver Montgomery: Masques of Canada (world premiere) Wijeratne: The Spirit and the Dust for solo marimba

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10/08/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major Dvor?ák: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25

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10/08/2017 @ 3:30 pm – 12:00 am – Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 R. Strauss: Metamorphosen

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09/08/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2 Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65 Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F# minor, Op. 11

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10/08/2017 @ 1:30 pm – 12:00 am – Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin Stravinsky: Suite from L’histoire du soldat

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09/08/2017 @ 3:30 pm – 12:00 am – Schickele: Quartet Brahms: Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2 Beethoven: Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2

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09/08/2017 @ 10:30 pm – 12:00 am – Songs of Canada: Leslie Fagan explores our rich heritage of song in Canada reflecting our landscape, our weather and our diverse peoples.

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09/08/2017 @ 1:30 pm – 12:00 am – Leslie, Russell, Carolyn and Guy bring to life beautiful melodies and harmonies in a celebration of the Canadian song. Includes music by Healey Willan, Srul Irving Glick and Peter Tiefenbach.

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08/08/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – Gino Quilico presents Great Voices of Canada, a unique programme celebrating iconic Canadian singers such as Jon Vickers, Louis Quilico, Maureen Forrester, Teresa Stratas and many more. He will feature several of these great singers, share anecdotes about their lives and sing one of their trademark arias. Visual and audio clips of each singer will […]

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07/08/2017 @ 6:00 pm – 12:00 am – The Jazz Canada Weekend draws to a close on the Island Queen as it cruises the 30,000 Islands.

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06/08/2017 @ 2:30 pm – 12:00 am – David Braid performs his own music and honours his mentor and colleague Phil Nimmons.

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06/08/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – A tribute to Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians and Mart Kenney and his Western Gentlemen. Sounds of the Swing Era.

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05/08/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – Oscar Peterson, regarded as the greatest jazz pianist in the world, had a profound influence on Dave Young who brings that sense of swing tonight.

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05/08/2017 @ 6:45 pm – 12:00 am – Dave Young reflects on his time with Oscar Peterson.

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04/08/2017 @ 3:00 pm – 12:00 am – Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

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04/08/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – Patricia pairs her warm voice with Cohen’s peerless song-writing.

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04/08/2017 @ 1:30 pm – 12:00 am – Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 550 Telemann: Trio Sonata in E minor, TWV 42: E6 Leclaire: Flute Sonata No. 1 in E minor Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata No. 6 in D minor Rheinberger: Suite in C minor, Op. 166 Franck: Organ Chorale No. 3 in A minor

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04/08/2017 @ 10:30 pm – 12:00 am – The Land’s End Ensemble members, having commissioned and performed the works of 120 Canadian composers in 20 years, chat about Canadian music.

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03/08/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – Glenn Gould’s 1955 recording of the Goldberg Variations propelled him to international stardom. Stewart Goodyear honours Gould’s legacy by presenting his own interpretations of the Variations. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

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03/08/2017 @ 5:00 pm – 12:00 am – Join James Campbell and Suzanne Shulman for Tea and Biscuits as they share their personal reflections and memories of Glenn Gould.

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03/08/2017 @ 3:30 pm – 12:00 am – Schubert: Quartet, Death and the Maiden (1824) Haydn: Piano Trio No. 27 in C Major (1797)

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03/08/2017 @ 1:30 pm – 12:00 am – Kelly Marie Murphy: Postcards from Home (2000) Ilkim Tongur: Yakamoz (2013) Katarina Curcin: String Quartet No. 3 (2016) Emilie LeBel: Taxonomy of Paper Wings (2016)

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03/08/2017 @ 10:30 pm – 12:00 am – Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould.

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02/08/2017 @ 3:30 pm – 12:00 am – Debussy: Syrinx Ravel: Introduction and Allegro Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor

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02/08/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – Mozart: Concerto in C Major for flute & harp Handel: Concerto in B-flat Major for harp & strings and the colourful music of de Falla & Piazzolla

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02/08/2017 @ 11:00 pm – 12:00 am – Pescetti: Harp Sonata in C minor Flute sonatas by Bach and Handel Bach: Prelude and Fugue, BWV 997 Weiss: Passacaglia in D Major

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01/08/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – The Missing Pages investigates the story of Theodor Molt, the only Canadian musician to meet Beethoven. Music by Beethoven, Rossini, Molt and Handel.

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01/08/2017 @ 3:30 pm – 12:00 am – Arranged for guitars: Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre, Op. 40 Brahms: Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 4 and 5 Beethoven: String Quartet No. 9 in C Major

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01/08/2017 @ 1:30 pm – 12:00 am – Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, Spring

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29/07/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – A tour of Broadway’s Golden Era, with a tribute to shows such as Show Boat, South Pacific, My Fair Lady, West Side Story and The Sound of Music.

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28/07/2017 @ 3:30 pm – 12:00 am – Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 Mozart: String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387

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28/07/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – Saint-Saëns: Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 Saint-Saëns: The Swan Mozart: String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516 Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G Major, Op. 32, No. 5 Étude-tableaux, Op. 39, No. 3 Moment musical, Op. 16, No. 4 Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

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28/07/2017 @ 3:30 pm – 12:00 am – A romantic, passionate work of the young Bartók. Schafer: String Quartet No. 5 Bartók: Piano Quintet in C Major, Sz. 23

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28/07/2017 @ 10:30 pm – 12:00 am – Jeffrey Stokes on the Canadian Icon, R. Murray Schafer

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27/07/2017 @ 6:45 pm – 12:00 am – Jeffrey Stokes asks the questions: True or False? — ”People Don`t Change, They Just Get More So.” The late works of three masters.

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27/07/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – Last Chamber Works of Great Masters. Saint-Saëns: Feuillet d’album in A-flat Major Brahms: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2 Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F Major Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622

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27/07/2017 @ 3:30 pm – 12:00 am – Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 2 in F minor Schubert: Piano Sonata in A Major D. 664 Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata No. 2 in D Major

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27/07/2017 @ 1:30 pm – 12:00 am – A visual staging of Rimsky-Korsakov’s masterpiece. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35

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26/07/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 21 in E minor Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478 Mendelssohn: String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat Major

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26/07/2017 @ 6:45 pm – 12:00 am – Jeffrey Stokes discusses child prodigies.

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26/07/2017 @ 3:30 pm – 12:00 am – The early and late piano works of Chopin and Liszt.

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26/07/2017 @ 1:30 pm – 12:00 am – Bach: Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 Naxos CD launch – Jim & the NZSQ

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26/07/2017 @ 10:30 pm – 12:00 am – Swiss Piano Trio on the rich music of their homeland.

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25/07/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge is a favourite ensemble of Festival of the Sound audiences. Pärt: Bogoróditse Djévo Byrd: O Lord, make thy servant Tallis: Salvator mundi Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor

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25/07/2017 @ 1:30 pm – 12:00 am – L’Enfant Prodige

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23/07/2017 @ 3:00 pm – 12:00 am – Visit the look-out point on Parry Sound’s North Shore Rugged Hiking Trail where Thomson painted Parry Sound Harbour, 1914, stopping as he travelled by canoe from Go Home Bay to Algonquin Park. A plaque marking the spot has been erected to commemorate this historic visit. The Guy Few Brass Quartet will be performing at the […]

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23/07/2017 @ 1:30 pm – 12:00 am – West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson What is it about Tom Thomson’s life, art and death that rivets us, draws thousands to his cairn at Canoe Lake each summer and propels his little sketches to the stratosphere of the Canadian art market? This film unravels many of the mysteries of this brilliant, beloved artist, […]

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22/07/2017 @ 7:30 pm – 12:00 am – The party begins with hors d’oeuvres in the lobby as guests gather for the evening. Dinner follows in the beautiful setting of the Charles W. Stockey Festival Performance Hall. The elegant full-course dinner is served at your table and wine is included in the ticket price. And, of course, there will be birthday cake. Between […]

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@ 12:00 am – 12:00 am – In this once in a lifetime concert marking Canada’s 150th birthday, we celebrate the amazing sounds of our country and region. Srul Irving Glick: Images at nightfall, Georgian Bay Eric Robertson: The Goal: In Praise of Bobby Orr Eleanor Daley: Paradise: A Song of Georgian Bay Richard Mascall: Ojibway Songs Calixa Lavallé: O Canada Bobby […]