Elora Festival 2016 – A Celebration in Song!

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24 Performances – 5 Intimate Venues – 1 World-Class Festival!

Each summer for the past 37 years the beautiful community of Elora plays host to one of Ontario’s signature music festivals – The Elora Festival. Home base to the sights and sounds of the most beautiful music in the world, this summer from July 8th to 24th don’t miss out on experiencing the joys of seeing and hearing this incredible lineup of international headliners. Here are just a few you can look forward to this year:

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Anagnoson and Kinton – July 9th
“…an outstanding two-piano recital with formidable precision and panache.” — The New York Times

Celebrating their 40th anniversary, the internationally acclaimed Canadian piano duo, Anagnoson and Kinton, is joined by the Elora Festival Singers for an exciting program of works for piano and voice.

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Starlight Jazz Series: Elizabeth Shepherd & Kevin Breit – July 9th
“Stunning… original and exciting”—Seattle Post

Soul-jazz innovator Elizabeth Shepherd comes from Montreal to join with one of the world’s greatest guitarists, Kevin Breit (Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones). Come see their Mixtape Session in our new Starlight Series setting — the Grand River Raceway Tent across from the Gambrel Barn. Special menu and drinks available.

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Annex String Quartet – July 10th
“One of the things I loved most when I first heard them was their passionate interpretations.” — David Harrington, Kronos Quartet

Have a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of music from the Roaring Twenties with the dynamic Annex String Quartet and soprano, Sarah Jane Pelzer. Add a picnic lunch from The Desert Rose Café to complete the “20s garden party” theme.

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The Glory of Bach – July 10th
“This 24-voice choir, led by founder/director Noel Edison, is not only one of Canada’s, but one of the world’s finest professional choral ensembles.” — David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

The Elora Festival Singers and chamber orchestra perform works by one of the Baroque period’s greatest composers. The program includes Concerto in C minor for oboe and violin, Singet dem Hern, Mass in G minor, and more.

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Guy Few and Stephanie Mara – July 14th
“…one of the most brilliant brass players of his generation…” —The Toronto Star

Equally at home in classical or contemporary genres, Guy Few, with his instrumental versatility and fearless interpretations, has been hailed by the international press. He and pianist Stephanie Mara regularly perform together throughout North America and are Elora Festival favourites!

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Marie-Josée Lord – July 14th
“…her voice quivers with an appealing incandescent overlay.” —Opera News

Canadian soprano Marie-Josée Lord is a JUNO- nominated, prize-winning, international superstar. Inspired by her love for devotional and gospel music, she released Amazing Grace in 2014. Joined by the Elora Festival Singers, she performs works from this acclaimed release as well as works by Gounod, Gershwin, and many more!

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Suzie LeBlanc – July 16th
“And then there’s LeBlanc, draping her clear, luminous voice over these beautiful arrangements, drawing us close into her enchanted poetic circle.” —John Terauds, Musical Toronto

Acclaimed early music specialist, Suzie LeBlanc, with a ‘vocal purity of gold,’ joins with harpsichordist Alexander Weimann in a wonderful program of early arias set to Shakespearean texts that marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

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Starlight Jazz Series: Tim Louis and The Ambassadors – July 16th

Tim Louis is a triple-threat talent: singer, songwriter and pianist. As a performer, Louis connects with his audience through his warm and inviting personality. His vocal and piano work is both confident and relaxed. He has performed for royalty — and now for you!

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André Laplante – July 17th

“…bone deep musical sensibility; a perfection of detail in the meaningful context of the whole. I am in no doubt he is among the master pianists.”  —
The Globe and Mail

One of the great romantic virtuosos, Canadian pianist André Laplante has garnered international attention after winning prizes in numerous piano competitions abroad. Critics all agree that he is in the elite circle of virtuoso pianists who do not hesitate to take risks. Join us for a program of piano sonatas by Liszt, Mozart, Beethoven, and more!

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Thomas Chartré – July 21st

Plays Arvo Pärt

This young Montreal phenomenon, Thomas Chartré, is a two-time recipient of a Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award and is now based in Paris, France. A master of the cello, Thomas will pair with pianist Leslie De’Ath for Arvo Pärt’s hauntingly beautiful Spiegel im Spiegel and Frates, plus beautiful music by Fauré, Mendelssohn, and more!

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Coronation Anthems – July 23rd
“The singing of the Elora Festival Singers is the art which conceals art.” —musicweb-international.com

A tip of the hat to our dear Queen in honour of Her 90th birthday! Join us for Handel’s coronation classics like Zadok the Priest, Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened, The King Shall Rejoice, My Heart Is Inditing, and a little Water Music.

For more info on the festival, to view the rest of the line-up or to purchase tickets visit elorafestival.ca or call 1 (519) 846-0331

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