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FESTIVAL PLAYERS Presents:

About the Music Programming:

The musical programming is organized our Music Director, Johannes Debus and Assistant Music Director, Elissa Lee. Below are details about each performance.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 at 5:30 pm - OPENING NIGHT

From the wild soundworlds of Stockhausen, Schoenberg and Machaut to the elegant compositions of Elgar, Brahms and Bach, this versatile and invigorating group of choral soloists draws diverse audiences of all ages, both experts and newcomers, with a motivation to inspire all through their formidable artistry. Silly and serious, sublime and audacious, Opus 8’s vision is an ambitious and compelling venture into spreading their love of music-making at an internationally high standard. Click here for an example of one of their incredible pieces last year at Water Week.


For more information, visit: www.opus8chior.com

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OPUS 8 - How Can I Keep from Singin'?

Last year, OPUS 8 absolutely wowed our audience - so much, that we had to bring them back! Opus 8 represnts eight of Toronto's finest ensemble singers offer a delightful evening of a cappella folksongs old and new, including rarities by Gombert and Marenzio as well as familiar pieces in brand-new arrangements by Director of Music, Robert Busiakiewicz. This concert promises something for everyone, from the melancholy laments of lost love to boisterous sea-shanties.

Musical Promenade through Wellington

Come for a walk through Wellington, and experience 4 miniature musical concerts in 4 different locations. A musical guided tour, exploring the concept of waves through sound and movement. Local plant-based chef Chris Byrne will delight you with 4 new edible creations to accompany each stop. Start and ends at Wellington United Church. Duration approx. 1.5hrs.  


ABOUT THE ARTISTS:


Chef Chris Byrne:


Prince Edward County-based Chris Byrne has been a plant based chef for 20 years. A graduate of the Vega institute in California where he trained under Cornelia Aihara,  he also studied raw cuisine in California, and B.C. and has been the chef at a variety of plant based restaurants, including Fressen in Toronto, along with running his own catering company for many years.  Chris is excited to combine all of his experience with the “Bounty Of The County,” and create newly inspired dishes that delight the senses.  He takes great joy in sharing his experience with, and passion for vegetables!



Elissa Lee/Violinist and Assistant Music Director of Water Week:

Winner of the 23rd Eckhardt-Gramatté Strings Competition, Elissa Lee has appeared as a soloist with top orchestras across Canada. She has held positions as second concertmaster in both the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestraand the WDR Sinfonie Orchester. Now enjoying a busy freelance career, Elissa tours frequently the greatest concerts halls and festivals in Europe. She has performed as Concertmaster with the Rundfunk Orchester München, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the KlangVerwaltung Orchestra in Munich, and Festival Strings Luzern, and in leading positions with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Luxembourg Philhamonic and the Canadian Opera Company. She has also been a guest of world renowned Chamber of Orchestra of Europe, and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and has worked under the baton of Claudio Abaddo, Simon Rattle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bernard Haitink and Daniel Harding. As a chamber musician she has performed with Louie Lortie, Augustin Dumay, Anton Kuerti, Pascal Devoyon, Kevin Fitzgerald, Lawrence Lesser, and Shauna Rolston and has been a frequent participant of Open Chamber Music in Prussia Cove, England. Elissa Lee joined Ensemble Made In Canada in 2010, which performs concerts and tours throughout Canada and the United States.


Sanya Eng/Harp




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SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 at 3:00 pm starting at the Wellington United Church