Ardeleana

April 16, 2007 10:06 ET

Opera Singers on a Barge to Launch Blue Bridge Festival

Ardeleana Music celebrates 20 years of Artistic Innovation

YORK REGION, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 16, 2007) - On June 8-10 the villages of Sutton and Jackson's Point at Lake Simcoe will become home to the first annual Blue Bridge Festival presented by York Region's Ardeleana Chamber Music Society to mark its 20-year anniversary.

The three-day festival of outstanding chamber music, poetry and song is directed by Brenda Muller, the innovative cellist/songwriter and director of Ardeleana Music.

Drawing on landmark venues throughout the Town of Georgina, this multi-disciplinary, 14-event festival will build on Ardeleana's longstanding traditions of interweaving music and poetry by including workshops and readings by leading Canadian poets such as M. Travis Lane and singer/songwriters such as Marie Lynn Hammond. Special features include premiers of concert music by Canadian women composers, opera singers on a barge leading a regatta of canoes and kayaks down the Black River, and 3 full length concerts. The Gala Concert features York Region choirs performing Vivaldi's Gloria en masse with an orchestra, operatic favourites and chamber music with the Ardeleana Trio (flute, cello and piano) - all connected with poems read by festival poets.

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