July Music Festival in January free online for everyone

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Sometimes we have to remember that we are not the only ones suffering from COVID-19. We must remember that the rest of the world is suffering with us, each in their own little bubble. We need a sense of normalcy, a chance to experience quality entertainment, and a sense of joy that comes from attending professional concerts and festivals. Violinist Mark Fewer (Artistic Director of the Stratford Summer Music Festival) and clarinetist James Campbell (Artistic Director of the Festival of the Sound) got together on the subject and came up with a solution.

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“Our idea was to find a way to offer music as a thank you to our supporters by bringing their favorite summer festivals home during the colder, more isolated months of the year,” Campbell said. . “From July to January, music lovers take a summer trip across Ontario without leaving the comfort of their homes. The enthusiastic response we received from our colleagues about this project proves once again how much the power of great music unites us in these difficult times.

Musicians and artists have done all kinds of things to keep the arts alive during the pandemic. From Zoom concerts to Facebook live presentations, theater and dance and music of all kinds, they’ve worked hard to keep their audiences uplifted and engaged.

“Festivals have invested in state-of-the-art audio-video recording to share live performances and artists have become increasingly comfortable with the virtual venue,” said Michael Martyn, Executive Director. “With cameras zoomed in on the musicians and the action on stage, audiences were treated to a surprisingly intimate experience – a front row seat, right from the comfort of their living room.”

“Nothing will replace the live concert experience, but streaming provides a great way for the music community to stay connected, as well as providing others with the ability to see what our individual festivals are all about,” Fewer said. “These are 11 unique festivals that showcase the breadth of what Ontario has to offer in the summer. I am very excited about the Canadian Classical Music Festivals (CFMC) and our inaugural project from July to January. It’s a way for us to reach our audience during the off-season, which also allows us to reach classical music lovers in new communities, both in Ontario and beyond.

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Launching January 28 alongside www.classicalmusicfestivals.ca July in January will continue until February 28 and will feature a series of performances from eleven festival organizations as well as conversations between the artistic directors and host Eric Friesen of public radio CBC and NPR.

The list of presentations includes special live music from the Festival of the Sound, Elora Festival; Collingwood Summer Music Festival, Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival, Stratford Summer Music, Music Niagara Festival, Studio ‘S’ Series, Ottawa Chamberfest, Westben, Sweetwater Music Festival and Toronto Summer Music.

“One of the reasons the arts thrive in difficult times is because we cooperate with each other,” Campbell said. “It’s just part of the culture of what we do. July in January presents an opportunity to collaborate on something bigger. I’m really looking forward to seeing where this event goes and how Canada’s Classical Music Festivals develop in the years to come.

“CFPC’s July Grand Opening in January is a free event open to anyone, anywhere,” Martyn said. “Viewers are encouraged to support participating arts organizations by donating through links on the website. Visit www.classicalmusicfestivals.ca January 28 for all concerts and information. The concerts will be available for viewing until February 28, 2022.”

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Gerald R. Schneider