Maritime Summer Festival Picks 2016

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Lamèque Baroque Festival
Lamèque NB, July 28-30

For its 41st season, Festival Director Vincent Lauzer has organized three remarkable concerts, all to be performed in the breathtaking Sainte-Cécile Church on Petite-Rivière-de-l’Île. On July 28, Lauzer is joined by Alexa Raine-Wright (traverso and recorder), Daniel Lanthier (oboe), François Viault (bassoon), Amanda Keesmaat (cello), and Mélisande McNabney (harpsichord) for an all-winds concert inspired by the winds of the Acadian Peninsula. The second concert celebrates the French music of Leclair, Rameau, and Montéclair and features the winner to the 2015 Mathieu Duguay Early Music Competition, Quebecois soprano Odéi Bilodeau. Bach’s momentous Mass in B minor will wrap up the festival on July 30 with Arion Baroque Orchestra and Mission Saint-Charles Choir conducted by Alexander Weimann, with soloists from Les Voix Baroques in partnership with Early Music Vancouver and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. www.festivalbaroque.com

Barachois Summer Music
Grand Barachois NB, July 14-September 1

This year’s Barachois Festival features 8 chamber concerts that run the full gamut of musical eras. The Fung-Chiu Duo opens the festival with works by Stravinsky and Schmidt for piano four hands. On July 25, Alexa Raine-Wright (traverso) and Mélisande McNabney (harpsichord) interpret C.P.E. Bach, Boismortier, Quantz, and Rameau. Pascale Beaudin (soprano) and Julien LeBlanc (piano) close out the festival with songs by Brahms, Debussy, Poulenc, Roussel, and Schumann. www.etemusicalbarachois.com

Musique Royale
Across NS, May 28-June 19

For its 30th anniversary season, Musique Royale is celebrating with an extensive tour across the province by the Halifax Camerata Singers and Maritime Brass Quintet (June 10-19). David Greenberg and Doug MacPhee presented a program called Cape Breton Fiddle & Piano Music, Old and New on May 28 in Mahone Bay. On June 4, the Ragged Robin Duo of Erin Dempsey and Ellen Gibling give a concert of traditional Irish music in Lunenburg. www.musiqueroyale.com

Halifax Summer Opera Festival
Halifax NS, July 16-August 14

The 12th Annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival has three main stage shows: Handel’s Rodelinda (August 5, 7, 10, & 13), Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (August 6, 7, 11, & 13), and a double feature of Puccini, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. Special concerts include Opera Backwards: a very queer show (July 21), Musical Theatre Cabaret (July 30), and An evening with William Shakespeare (Aug. 4). www.halifaxsummeroperafestival.com

Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival
St. John’s NL, August 6-21

Each year, the Tuckamore Festival attracts some of Canada’s – and the world’s – top chamber musicians, and this edition is no different. A full schedule of events has yet to be posted, but chamber groups such as the Shanghai Quartet, Gryphon Trio, and Duo Concertante are already booked to appear, along with Pascale Giguère, concertmaster of Les Violons du Roy; soprano Suzie Leblanc; and violist Dov Scheindlin, who has played with the Arditti, Penderecki, and Chester String Quartets. www.tuckamorefestival.ca

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