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SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

TIME: 5:30 PM      WELLINGTON UNITED CHURCH/243 Main St.

How Can I Keep from Singin'?

Opus 8 in concert - 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.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 18

TIME: 3:00  PM      THROUGHOUT THE TOWN OF WELLINGTON

Musical + Edible 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.  

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TIME: 6:00 PM      DRAKE DEVONSHIRE/24 Wharf St.

Concert + Dinner series:  HARPSIC*HORROR*D! featuring Stephen Hargreaves

Go back in time to the era of silent movies and experience Montreal-based intrepid instrumentalist and conductor, Stephen Hargreaves, improvise a score to the 1920’s silent horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on a harpsichord. Yes, a harpsichord, what else?! It will be an experience like no other. Dinner and cocktails and a shiver up your spine to temper the heat of a late August night. 

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MONDAY, AUGUST 19

TIME: 9:00  PM     STACHE ON MAIN/287 Main St.

Collectìf: Cabaret "A Watering Hole"

Classical music gets a dash of comedic irreverence in a casual atmosphere at Stache on Main. Music spans from the sensual to cynical, haunting to hilarious, and features original compositions, arrangements and improvisations with the irreplaceable Tom King on the keys. Jennifer Drabbe, Danika Lorèn and Whitney O'Hearn are at the helm as classical music lets its hair down in an adults-only evening of well-managed mischief.

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TIME: 6:00 PM      FESTIVAL PLAYERS STUDIO THEATRE/310 Main St.

HARPSIC*HORROR*D! featuring Stephen Hargreaves

Go back in time to the era of silent movies and experience Montreal-based intrepid instrumentalist and conductor, Stephen Hargreaves, improvise a score to the 1920’s silent horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on a harpsichord. Yes, a harpsichord, what else?! It will be an experience like no other.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 20

TIME: 5:30  PM     WELLINGTON UNITED CHURCH/243 Main St

Concert + Dinner series: The Parcival Project with recipients of the Canada Council's Music Instrument Bank catered by Picnic

This concert features Montréal’s ensemble The Parcival Project and four recipients of the prestigious Music Instrument Bank from the Canada Council for the Arts. The programme begins with Mozart’s clarinet quintet, one of the most beloved chamber works of all time and will end with the masterpiece “Quatuor pour la fin du temps” composed by Olivier Messiaen in a prison camp, a miraculous work that seems to transfigure the horrors of humanity into pure artistic and religious sublimity. 


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TIME: 8:00  PM      FESTIVAL PLAYERS STUDIO THEATRE/310 Main St.

Around the World in Eighty Minutes with Two Cups of Jo

Joe Phillips & Jozsef Botos, seamlessly crossing between classical , jazz, and world music styles bring Wellington Water Week audiences on a musical journey, "Around the World in Eighty  Minutes." This unique duo of double bass and classical guitar perform compositions by John Download, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Faure, Pytor Tchaikovsky, Bela Bartok , Benny Golson and others.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21

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TIME: 5:30  PM      WELLINGTON UNITED CHURCH/243 Main St.

Concert + Dinner series: Fairy Tales by The Cheng² Duo catered by Picnic

The Cheng² Duo transports you to ethereal sound worlds with music by some of their favourite 19th and 20th-century composers, in Fables and Folk Tales. The journey begins in soulful Russia, stops to explore folk motifs in Germany and then then moves on to enchantment in France. Highlighted on the concert will be The Cheng² Duo’s own arrangement of Ravel’s beloved Pavane pour uno infante défunte. Don't miss this magical evening that is sure to transport you to faraway lands! Concert only is $35. Dinner + concert is $50.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 22

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TIME: 6:00  PM      WELLINGTON UNITED CHURCH/243 Main St.

SING!

Vocalists of every level are invited to SING! Canadian Opera Company Music Director, Johannes Debus and Canadian composer / performer superstar, Sarah Slean will co-direct a mass choir gathering on the shore of Lake Ontario, singing hit songs from the Classical and Pop worlds. Keep your eye out for registration and repertoire details, beginning at the end of May!


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FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

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TIME: 8:00  PM      WELLINGTON UNITED CHURCH/243 Main St.

Sarah Slean accompanied by the Kamareli String Quartet

The most astonishing aspect of Sarah Slean's artistry is its breadth: poet, actor, composer, painter and performer—Slean’s creative scope refuses containment within one genre alone. Her music borrows aspects of cabaret, rock, pop, and classical/orchestral—all knit together by the startling poetry of her lyrics, virtuosic piano-playing, and that voice, described by the CBC as “a 19th century Kate Bush.” Join in welcoming three-time Juno nominee, Sarah Slean to Wellington Water Week 2019!

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TIME: 8:00  PM      FESTIVAL PLAYERS STUDIO THEATRE/310 Main St.

Baroque Salon "Duetto Violoncello"  featuring Elinor Frey + Pheobe Carrai

Canadian cellist Elinor Frey is joined by celebrated performer, Phoebe Carrai, for a program of duo sonatas from the 18th century. The works bear witness to a time when the cello was becoming an extremely popular and important instrument throughout Europe. Giovanni Battista Cirri, Jean Thomas, and Giuseppe Dall’Abaco were each cellist-composers who wrote charming duets with equal parts. Having just released an album of contemporary works for solo baroque cello, Ms. Frey will be performing one of these works, to provide a breath of new air to the evening.


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SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

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COST: $40.00

TIME: 3:00  PM      WELLINGTON UNITED CHURCH/243 Main St.

Exubérance et Nostalgie: Prix Opus Programme

Created by artistic director James Darling for the final concert at the 2018 "Concerts aux Iles-du-Bic” chamber music festival in Quebec, 'Exubérance et nostalgie,” won a prestigious “Prix Opus” from the Quebec Music Council. Strings, harp and piano will animate the stage, culminating in Robert Schumann’s Quintet for piano in E-flat major, Opus 44. Join us for this prize-winning concert that will close out our festival with a wave of exuberance!

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

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COST: $35.00

                  FULL SCHEDULE      CONCERTS       FAMILY EVENTS      FREE EVENTS

TIME: 12:00  PM      WELLINGTON HERITAGE MUSEUM/290 Main St.

Where we are, What we make

A concert, workshop and film screening for kids of all ages. Featured on the concert is Water Week guest artist, Ryan Scott, performing, “Orion Constellation Theory”—a virtuoso work partly inspired by the hypothesis that there is a correlation between the location of the three largest pyramids of Giza and the three middle stars of the Orion constellation. Bring the whole family and explore the correlation between where we live and what we create.

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