SweetWater Music Festival 2018

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Date: Friday, September 21, 2018 to Sunday, September 23, 2018
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Celebrating a legacy of unforgettable performances, Discover tomorrow’s music stars.

SweetWater marks 15 years of world-class music from September 21 to 23. Artistic Director Mark Fewer is bringing back many SweetWater vets including James Campbell, Katie Gleiser, Matthias Maute, Guy Few, Denise Djokic, Aiyun Huang, Mark Edwards, Douglas McNabney, and Dean McNeil. Others will make their SweetWater debuts including soprano Suzie LeBlanc and Alexander Tselyakov. Plus, enjoy new music talents such as Yolanda Bruno and Quatuor Despax.


Festival Celebration Pass

( 5 Concerts) $165




Saturday Sunday Pass

(4 Concerts) $120





Friday, September 21

Party Like It’s 1689!

(Opening Night Gala), 8 p.m., Historic Leith Church, Meaford

presented by The Medley Family

featuring Suzie LeBlanc, Matthias Maute, Mark Edwards, Mark Fewer, & Denise Djokic

Enjoy an evening of the tastiest Italian Baroque treats from the late 1600s.

Barbara Strozzi, L’Eraclito amoroso

Suzie LeBlanc (soprano), Mark Edwards (harpsichord)

Maruizio Cazzati, Regina Coeli

Suzie LeBlanc (soprano), Mark Fewer (violin), Matthias Maute (recorder), Mark Edwards (harpsichord), Denise Djokic (cello)

Giovanni Paolo Simonetti, Trio Sonata Opus 5, No. 2 La Burrasca

Mark Fewer (violin), Matthias Maute (treble recorder), Mark Edwards (harpsichord), Denis Djokic (cello)

Tarquino Merula, Nigra sum a 2

Suzie LeBlanc (soprano), Mark Fewer (violin), Mark Edwards (harpsichord), Denise Djokic (cello)




Giovanni Pandolfi Mealli, “La Bernabea” – Opus 4. No. 1 for flute

and harpsichord

Matthias Maute (recorder), Mark Edwards (harpsichord)

Tarquino Merula, Ciaconna

Mark Fewer (violin), Matthias Maute (recorder), Mark Edwards (harpsichord), Denise Djokic (cello)

Anonymous, Ciaconna di parasido et dell inferno

Suzie LeBlanc (soprano), Mark Fewer (violin), Matthias Maute (recorder), Mark Edwards (harpsichord), Denis Djokic (cello)

Suzie LeBlanc is sponsored by Bruce &  Mary Hutchinson.

Reserved seating.   Single tickets – $50   Students – $10





Saturday, September 22

Brave New World II

(Saturday Matinee), 4 p.m., Roxy Theatre, Owen Sound


featuring Aiyun Huang and Denise Djokic

Benjamin Britten, Third Suite for Violoncello Solo

Denise Djokic (cello)

Mark Appelbaum, Aphasia

Aiyun Huang (percussion)

Nicole Lizée, Hitchcock Etudies (multimedia work with film)

Aiyun Huang (percussion)

General Admission – $30   Students – $10





Saturday, September 22

Wait… What?

(Saturday Early Evening), 7 p.m., Roxy Theatre, Owen Sound

Featuring Guy Few, Dean McNeill, James Campbell, and SweetWater Strings (full programme) – Mark Fewer, Yolanda Bruno, Cendrine Despax, Jean Despax (violin), Douglas McNabney, Maxine Despax (viola), Denise Djokic, Valerie Despax (cello), Joe Phillips (double bass), Mark Edwards (harpsichord)

Franz Biber, Battalia

SweetWater Strings

Robert Carli, C

SweetWater Strings

Antonio Vivaldi, Il Proteo

Mark Fewer (violin), Denise Djokic (cello)

Johann Sebastian Bach, A on a G String

SweetWater Strings




Allan Gilliland, Suite from the Sound

James Campbell (clarinet), SweetWater Strings

William Walton, The Death of Falstaff and Touch Her Sweet Lips and Part

SweetWater Strings

Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto for Cello and Concerto for Two Trumpets

Guy Few, Dean McNeill (trumpet), SweetWater Strings

Work by Bach sponsored by Heather Sutherland (in memory of Dr. Don Sutherland)

James Campbell is sponsored by Tamming Law.

General Admission – $35   Students – $10





Saturday, September 22

After Hours Again

(Saturday Late Night Jazz), 9:45 p.m., Heartwood Hall, Owen Sound

featuring James Campbell, Dean McNeill, Graham Campbell, Joe Phillips, Kaelin Murphy, and Quator Despax

An upbeat mix of classic jazz standards along with a splash of Brazilian jazz as well as a few other surprises.

James Campbell is sponsored by Tamming Law

General Admission – $30





Sunday, September 23

Out With a Bang

(Sunday Matinee Finale), 2 p.m. , Roxy  Theatre, Owen Sound

featuring Alexander Tselyakov, Yolanda Bruno, Denise Djokic, Douglas McNabney, Kati Gleiser, James Campbell, and Mark Fewer

Francis Polenc, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

James Campbell (clarinet), Alexander Tselyakov (piano)

Aram Khactacturian, Trio for violin, clarinet and piano

Yolanda Bruno (violin), James Campbell (clarinet), Kati Gleiser (piano)




Johannes Brahms, Piano Quartet in G Minor, Opus 25

Mark Fewer (violin), Douglas McNabney (viola), Denise Djokic (cello), Alexander Tselyakov (piano)

Kati Gleiser is sponsored by Murray & Ruth Cathcart. 

James Campbell is sponsored by Tamming Law   

Work by Khactacturian sponsored by Ken & Maureen Sutherland

General Admission – $35   Students – $10






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