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James Campbell

Dear Friends,

One of the joys in programming the Festival of the Sound is imagining the pleasures that summer will bring. Most of my planning takes place from November to February. Although it may be cold and blustery outside, my mind is filled with the warmth, music and friendships of the coming summer. As this year marks the centenary of the end of World War I, we are proud to present the world premiere of Sounding Thunder, a work honouring the local hero, Francis Pegahmagabow.

Since J.S. Bach has been revered for centuries by all the great composers, it seemed natural to have his Cello Suites followed by works of Mozart, Schubert, Dvoƙák, Brahms, Schumann and Debussy. I like to think that these composers would be happy to know that their music follows that of the great master.

The young piano star, Charles Richard-Hamelin, will be recording the two Chopin piano concertos this autumn with the Montreal Symphony. We are honoured to hear his interpretations and to give him the opportunity to prepare for the recordings as he performs the concertos in the version with string quartet.

We are expanding our Stockey Young Artist program and have invited the National Youth Orchestra of Canada for a day celebrating this iconic institution. In addition, the brilliant young jazz pianist, Noah Franche-Nolan completes our roster of Stockey Young Artists.

Strings are central to chamber music so I asked the Penderecki String Quartet to curate some of their favourite works. Thanks to the quartet members for the wonderful programs they have created for the Festival.

Great classical composers have often been inspired by folk music. We are happy to add a weekend celebrating this important genre.

There is so much more. I invite you to look through our offerings to find music to inspire, challenge and entertain you.

Please join us and bring a friend!

James Campbell
Artistic Director