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    CONCERTS AT THE BARN 2017

    UNIQUE MUSICAL EXPERIENCES IN A NATURAL SETTING

    ANGELA HEWITT

    CANADIAN BRASS

    EMILIE-CLAIRE BARLOW

    MICHAEL SCHADE

    ROLSTON STRING QUARTET

    DONOVAN WOODS

    & MORE!

    GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!CLASSICAL JAZZ FOLK BROADWAY FIDDLE FUN

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    FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

    Canada Dreams I love Canada. We live in a beautiful country, full of friendliness and diversity. I am proud that we are wel-coming and interested in one anothers stories. And as the perfect reflection of that, I marvel at the incredible beauty that imbues this part of the world, from sea to sea to sea, with a dazzlingly unique specialness.

    To me, it sounds like Westben! For eighteen years, it has been our sincere pleasure to welcome you to this beautiful place full of a myriad of spectacular, joyful music-making. We are proud of our performances; our friendly supporters, staff and volunteers; and our

    remarkable venue. Above all, I love the way this marvelous musical mosaic all comes together: the array of artists, the wonderfully supportive community, and our visitors. Its a Canadian dream come true!

    It seems fitting, then, that our Summer Season 2017 explores Canadas dreams in all their varied and glorious colours. Right from our opening Canada Day Weekend, with its focus on coming together, through Canada on the World Stage, which presents four pianists with different, but uniquely Canadian perspectives, we explore multiple fac-ets of the Canadian spirit. We proudly salute our international heros: Angela Hewitt, Canadian Brass and Michael Schade; and those destined to become so: Rashaan Allwood, Jan Lisiecki and the Rolston String Quartet. There are the Canadian traits: fun (The Arrogant Worms), fiddling (Everything Fitz!), folk (Donovan Woods) and even a little frivolity (Lenni Stewarts Social Club). There is very timely friendship as the Montreal Guitar Trio teams up with the California Guitar Trio. There is the welcoming spirit as we greet Belgian artists Jolente De Maeyer and Nikolaas Kende. There is the friendly tip of the hat to our southern neighbours in Waves of Broadway. And there is our own internationally respected yet distinctly Canadian stamp on the jazz world in our Jazz Out of This World!

    The following pages are full of all the exciting concerts planned for our 18th summer music festival at The Barn, as well as many of the activities happening year round at the Clock Tower Cultural Centre and elsewhere. We are extremely grateful to all those who help bring these dreams to life: the sponsors, members, donors, volunteers, staff, government agencies, foundations and of course, our wonderful local and visiting guest artists. What a happy convergence! This is Canada. What a wonderful place in which to dream!

    Brian Finley, C.M.Artistic & Managing Director

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    From the Artistic Director ...........................................................................2

    Concerts at The BarnConcerts (see Calendar, pg. 5) ...................................................................................5-19

    Classical .................................................................................................................9-13Broadway ...............................................................................................................16Fun, Folk, Fiddle ....................................................................................................14-15Jazz and World .......................................................................................................17-18Jazz Fringe ..............................................................................................................19

    NEW! One-of-a-kind Experiences .............................................................................22-23

    Other Events Garden Gala ................................................................................................................7Canada Day Weekend - Canada Dreams ..................................................................8Vocal Intensive with Michael Warren .......................................................................26Tapestry Opera Presents: Bandits in the Valley ........................................................27First Friday Lunchtime Tick Talks .............................................................................24

    Community ConcertsWestben Choruses ......................................................................................................25MS Aware ....................................................................................................................25CDHS Music Night .....................................................................................................26Local Legends: Janet, Jane & Jana .............................................................................26

    Guest ServicesPackages ......................................................................................................................29Food! Glorious Food! ..................................................................................................30Where to Eat, Where to Stay .......................................................................................31-32Getting to Westben .....................................................................................................34Friends & Fans ............................................................................................................35Ticket information ......................................................................................................36-39

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    CALENDAR

    Summer At-a-Glance

    12CANADA DREAMS1 - 5 pmPage 8

    ROLSTON QUARTET

    2 pmPage 10

    ANGELA HEWITT2 pm

    Page 13

    JAN LISIECKI

    2 pmPage 13

    RASHAAN ALLWOOD

    7 pmPage 12

    DONNA & BRIAN

    7 pmPage 12

    WAVES OF BROADWAY

    2 pmPage 16

    WAVES OF BROADWAY

    2 pmPage 16

    WAVES OF BROADWAY

    2 pmPage 16

    WAVES OF BROADWAY

    2 pmPage 16

    JOLENTE & NIKOLAAS

    2 pmPage 11

    BIG BAND BUDDIES

    2 pmPage 18

    EMILIE-CLAIREBARLOW

    2 pmPage 18

    MG3 & CGT7 pm

    Page 17

    LENNI STEWART

    7 pmPage 17

    CANADIAN BRASS2 pm

    Page 9

    MICHAEL SCHADE &

    BRIAN FINLEY2 pm

    Page 11

    FUNARROGANT

    WORMS7 pm

    Page 14

    FOLKDONOVAN WOODS7 pm

    Page 15

    FIDDLEEVERYTHING

    FITZ2 pm

    Page 15

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    CONGRATULATIONS!

    Donna Bennett and Brian Finley receive the Order of CanadaDonna June Bennett, C.M. and Brian Leslie Finley, C.M.

    Campbellford, Ontario

    READ AT THE INVESTITURE:

    Donna Bennett and Brian Finley have created a cultural cornerstone in rural Ontario. After pursuing their individual performance careers, this musical duo established Westben, a performing arts festival in the Trent Hills region. Thanks to their shared vision and leadership, the festival has brought together both professional and amateur musicians, exposed local audiences to music of the highest calibre and achieved artistic excellence. Their work has contributed to community-building in the region, and has played an important role in supporting Canadian music and emerging artists.

    Congratulations Donna & Brian!

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    THE DIXIE DEMONS; HOWARD BAER & MICHAEL MONIS

    Sunday, June 25, 1:00 pm 4:00 pm at a home near Marmora on the Crowe River

    Croquet anyone? A delightful summer day frolicking under the trees by the Crowe River in Marmora, complete with happy music, games on the lawn and waterfront, a deliciously refreshing luncheon, remarkable wines, and a one-of-a-kind silent auction all in support of Westben. In addition to jazz duo Howard Baer and Michael Monis,

    special musical guests include the ever-fun Dixie Demons.

    Garden Gala

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    CANADA DAY WEEKEND CANADA DREAMS

    FREE!

    Sunday, July 2, 1:00 pm5:00 pm at The BarnWhat are your dreams for Canada? Westben explores the communitys response to this question as local and guest artists gather at The Barn for a special Canada Day celebration. Featuring an array of musicians ranging from Ojibwe drummer Jordan Mowat from Alderville, to the Westben Festival & Youth Choruses, to the Wakimi Wailers, the afternoon includes four sets of music as well as a meadow full of food and fun activities celebrating the Trent Hills community. Coordinated by Howard Baer, Andy Thompson, Ken Tizzard, Karen Stille and Brian Finley, expect brand new and familiar music in a spectacular musical tribute to Canadas future. Bring your appetite and enjoy wood fired pizza by Pizan Pie and BBQ Beef-on-a-Bun by Windswept.

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    CLASSICAL

    Canadian Brass

    Saturday, July 8, 2:00 pm at The BarnWith an international reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles today, Canadian Brass has truly earned the distinction of the worlds most famous brass group. With a discography of over 130 albums and an extensive world-wide touring schedule, Canadian Brass is an important pioneer in bringing brass music to audiences everywhere. Having sold well over 2 million albums worldwide, with 1.2 million sold in the Nielsen Soundscan era alone since 1991, the ensemble is