ELORA – “This summer’s Elora Festival will be incredibly exciting,” said artistic director Mark Vuorinen.
“We have assembled a terrific mix of music, talent and performance innovation for this festival.”
It’s all part of the new strategic direction of The Elora Singers, which remain the heartbeat of the festival with solo and collaborative programs spanning nearly 900 years of music.
The festival welcomes artists from around the world, including the State Choir LATVIJA, one of the world’s finest professional choirs.
Opening night on July 12 features Carmina Burana and a commissioned work for the festival’s 40th anniversary by Odawa-First Nations composer Barbara Croall, among other surprises.
The Elora Singers will perform several programs by beloved composers while also bringing exciting new works to the audience in more immersive and experiential concerts.
Joby Talbot’s inspiring Path of Miracles, a concert-length work depicting, musically, the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage will awe listeners in Elora’s famous Gambrel Barn, while the “Singers at Twilight” invites the audience into a candlelit St. John’s Church for a program of reflective music.
Other offerings include Carl Dreyer’s 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc, accompanied by Richard Einhorn’s live choral-orchestral soundtrack Voices of Light and a Nat King Cole retrospective starring Thom Allison and the Elora Singers.
Festival guest artists include renowned vocalists Jane Archibald, Daniel Taylor, Charles Daniels, Daniel Lichti, and James Westman, Piano Six (six of Canada’s finest young pianists), the LaPlante-Seiler-Carr Piano Trio, and the Penderecki String Quartet. Canada’s global orchestra, Kuné, and the Eastern European-Klezmer inspired band Lemon Bucket Orkestra make their Festival debuts. Returning to Elora are Measha Brueggergosman with a Songs of Freedom program, and Natalie MacMaster with her high energy East Coast inspired music.
The entire program is available at elorafestival.ca.