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PREVIEW | The Elora Festival Announces More Than 20 Events For The 45th Season In July 2024

By Anya Wassenberg on April 1, 2024

L-R (clockwise): Mark Vuorinen conducts a performance of classical music at the Elora Festival (Photo: Wayne Simpson); Constantinople (Photo courtesy of the artists); The Elora Singers (Photo: Bo Huang)
L-R (clockwise): Mark Vuorinen conducts a performance at the Elora Festival (Photo: Wayne Simpson); Constantinople (Photo courtesy of the artists); The Elora Singers (Photo: Bo Huang)

The Elora Festival has announced the lineup for their 45th iteration, to take place from July 5 to 20, 2024. Led by Artistic Director Mark Vuorinen, the Elora Festival will feature more than 20 events spread over three weekends.

The village of Elora, known for its picturesque 19th century limestone streetscape and the river-fed Elora Gorge, is located about 115km northeast of Toronto.

“Beautiful music abounds at the Elora Festival with performances from guest artists Constantinople, The King’s Singers, the Gryphon Trio and more. And at the centre of the festival is the home town band, The Elora Singers. We look forward to welcoming you to more than twenty concerts at this year’s Elora Festival,” comments Artistic Director Mark Vuorinen in a release.

Elora Festival: Highlights

Festival Opening: Joseph Haydn’s The Creation

Set in Gambrel Barn, the historic principle venue for the Festival, the performance features Canadian soloists Claire de Sévigné, Isaiah Bell and Tyler Duncan, The Elora Singers and Musicians of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, under the direction of Mark Vuorinen.
Ensemble-in-Residence, The Elora Singers

The Elora Singers will perform ten concerts (along with the opening night festivities). That includes collaborations with guest ensembles that include recent JUNO winners Constantinople, Corsican singing group A Filetta, and JUNO winner Laila Biali, along with:

  • The music of Benjamin Britten;
  • A candle-lit Twilight program;
  • A tribute to the legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach
  • The return of the popular Unplugged! program.

Other Guest Artists

  • British a cappella group The King’s Singers in recital on July 7;
  • The Gryphon Trio and clarinetist James Campbell perform Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time;
  • Cellist Cameron Crozman and several A-list friends will perform chamber music by Gabriel Fauré.

Family Programming

  • Shoestring Opera’s The Magic Flute;
  • The return of the Elora Festival Barn Dance with the Barrel Boys and the Elora Singers;
  • Music in the Woods, an early morning hike with musical performances by The Elora Singers on July 11.

The Music in the Village series in the Village Green Space, free of charge, opens on July 5 with a performance by the University of Waterloo Balinese Gamelan Ensemble.

Festival Closing: July 20

Both the Elora Festival and Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound) both celebrate their 45th seasons in 2024, and what better way to send it off than with a joint birthday party and a spectacular performance of Carmina Burana featuring soloists Leslie Fagan, Andrew Haji and Russell Braun, piano duo James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton, percussionists led by Bevereley Johnston, the Elmer Iseler Singers and the Elora Singers.

The concert will be repeated at Parry Sound’s Festival of the Sound the next day, on July 21.

Check out the full listing and get tickets for the Elora Festival [HERE].

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