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THE SCOOP | SweetWater Music Festival Returns In September 2022 With A Focus On Winds

By Anya Wassenberg on July 27, 2022

L-R (clockwise): Zeynep Özsuca, pianist; Joseph Phillips, bass; Fretless (Images courtesy of SweetWater Festival)
L-R (clockwise): Zeynep Özsuca, pianist; Joseph Phillips, bass; Fretless (Images courtesy of SweetWater Festival)

The SweetWater Music Festival is back with a full program in September 2022. The festival will present a roster of Canadian and international musicians in a series of classical, contemporary, and jazz concerts in Owen Sound and Meaford, Ontario from Sept. 15 to 18.

“It’s great to be back presenting a full in-person festival for 2022” says Artistic Director Edwin Huizinga in a statement. “We are excited to welcome some wonderful artists to Owen Sound this September, featuring wind players on many of our concerts.”

A Focus on Winds

This year’s festival programming incorporates a focus on wind instruments, with resident artists Sacha Rattle (clarinet), Aleh Remezau (oboe), and Todd Williams (french horn). Other resident artists include Sheila Jaffé and Carissa Klopoushak (violin), Emily Eng (viola), Arlen Hlusko (cello), Zeynep Özsuca (piano), and Joe Phillips (bass).

Concerts at a glance

  • Thursday, Sept. 15: Britten and Brahms, a free evening concert at the Georgian Shores Church.
  • Friday, Sept. 16: Works by Prokofiev and Schumann at the Historic Leith Church, followed by a reception for the whole audience.
  • Saturday, Sept 17: At 7 p.m., 20th Century Classical Compositions at the Harmony Centre in Owen Sound; then, at 9:30 p.m. the music of Moneka Arabic Jazz, the brainchild of Iraq-born actor and musician Ahmed Moneka, at Heartwood Music Hall.
  • Sunday, Sept 18: Matinee Mainstage with JUNO award-winning Canadian supergroup The Fretless for progressive traditional music that expands the definition of string quartet repertoire.
  • AND, The Fretless and others will perform three free noon-hour Community Concerts outdoors.

Choose Your Own Price

This year, in recognition of the effects of the pandemic and inflation, the Festival is instituting a choose your own ticket price model for the first time. Patrons can also add extra support for the festival if they choose. More information here.

A pass that includes four concerts, one for each day of the festival, is also available. Tickets are on sale at the ROXY Theatre box office in person or online. To buy the Series Pass, please call the box office at 519-371-2833.

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