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posted June 17th, 2011
A rare opportunity for classical music lovers

Discovered that the benefit for the Sweetwater Music Festival featuring renowned conductor Bramwell Tovey has been cancelled due to illness. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Mr. Tovey, and ticket holders should know that they can still enjoy a performance of light jazz by Mark Fewer and Friends in the Meaford Hall Galleries tomorrow night. (Plus free appetizers and a cash bar.) Fewer is the Sweetwater Music Festival’s Artistic Director, and was to have played with Tovey in the second half of the performance, which will be rescheduled soon.

Back in 2004, the first Sweetwater Music Festival introduced yet another world class option for music aficionados in the Meaford area. (I usually hate the term “world class”, but in this case, it fits.)

Founded by Keith and Jean Medley and guided by Mark Fewer, the annual festival showcases internationally respected classical music performers in the splendid acoustics of the 146 year-old Leith Church and Owen Sound’s grand stone Division Street Church.

These musicians usually play before large crowds in large centres, but over the three-day festival, you have a rare opportunity to see and hear them in unique, smaller scaled and accessible environments. (The acoustics at Leith’s “auld kirk”, in particular, are perfect for quartets and soloists, and the audience has an opportunity to meet the musicians in the post-concert soirées.)

We’ll check back in on the festival closer to the date.