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Guelph Musicfest is back on July 9th for its 15th season with concerts in the beautiful GYMC Recital Hall and streamed online with Digital Musicfest!

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Prelude to Rebirth around the World!
Guelph Musicfest is back on July 9th for its 15th season with concerts in the beautiful GYMC Recital Hall and streamed online with Digital Musicfest!
The July concerts feature young rising star performers like the fabulous Rolston Quartet and cellist Arlen Hlusko, a Canadian performer living in New York City and featured in the prestigious Strad magazine. These will be fresh and exciting concerts.
November features two linked piano recitals this season with the theme of 24. Vancouver’s Robert Silverman, after a year of intense study and reflection, performs the hugely influential and amazing 24 Preludes and Fugues (Well-Tempered Clavier, book 1) by J.S. Bach, followed a week later by a “maskless” Valerie Tryon (internationally recognized as one of the master interpreters of Romantic piano music) performing Chopin’s breathtaking 24 Preludes, inspired by Bach.
Violinist Sadie Fields will be able to fly here from Belgium this year and rejoin me and cellist Paul Pulford in the Festival Trio. We’re bringing back the sensational Shostakovich Trio, as well as Romantic music by Tchaikovsky, Spanish delights by Manuel de Falla, and a contemporary Canadian Trio.
New for 2021 are Musicfest Master Classes. The November performers will present Master Classes in the afternoons following each concert (for a limited time, included with your subscription).
Guelph Musicfest was one of the only festivals to complete its entire 2020 season with in-person concerts, made possible by a change of schedule, online presentation, and a bit of luck. This season mimics last year’s revised schedule.
We will probably be limited to 50 audience members in July, so only subscribers will have access to seating at the GYMC. Most of the seats have already been sold to last year’s subscribers but a few are left. Phone me at 519-993-7591 if you are interested (there will be a waiting list). I hope that by November, at least 100 people will be allowed per concert.
Many of you have been waiting for the return of live Classical music, and I was determined to bring it back to Guelph. After over a year of restrictions, I think the theme is most appropriate: BREATHE AGAIN… Prelude to Rebirth Around the World!
Details are at the web site:
The online store has a good selection of ticket and subscription options. Single tickets for in-person concerts will go on sale later. Go to
This is the most ambitious Guelph Musicfest ever, so I hope to hear from you soon.
Ken Gee
p.s. Digital Musicfest is included with in-person concert tickets so you can watch a high-definition video replay for a week after each performance, and if you can’t make it in person, the concerts are also being streamed LIVE this year!
p.p.s. If you’ve already bought a subscription, you can see below that there are more ticket options now. You can even buy a Digital ticket and upgrade it to in-person later for only $20 if seats are available.
Thanks to the continuing support of the Neighbourhood Group of Restaurants (and there will be the usual $10 food discount coupon on the back of each ticket)

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