THE SCOOP | The SweetWater Music Festival returns in September 2022 with a focus on winds

LR (clockwise): Zeynep Özsuca, pianist; Joseph Phillips, bass; Fretless (Images courtesy of SweetWater Festival)

The SweetWater Music Festival returns with a full line-up in September 2022. The festival will feature a roster of Canadian and international musicians in a series of classical, contemporary and jazz concerts in Owen Sound and Meaford, Ontario from September 15-18.

“It’s great to be back to present a full in-person festival for 2022,” says Artistic Director Edwin Huizinga in a report. “We are thrilled to welcome some wonderful artists to Owen Sound in September, featuring winds at many of our concerts.”

A focus on the winds

This year’s festival lineup focuses on wind instruments, with resident artists Sacha Rattle (clarinet), Aleh Remezau (oboe), and Todd Williams (French horn). Other resident artists include Sheila Jaffe and Carissa Klopoushak (violin), Emily Eng (alto), Arlen Hlusko (cello), Zeynep Ozsuca (piano) and Joe Phillips (low).

Concerts at a glance

  • Thursday, September 15: Britten and Brahmsa free evening concert at Georgian Shores Church.
  • Friday, September 16: Works by Prokofiev and Schumann at the historic Leith Church, followed by a reception for the general public.
  • Saturday September 17: At 7 p.m., 20th century classical compositions at the Harmony Center in Owen Sound; then, at 9.30 p.m. the music of Arab Jazz Monekathe brainchild of Iraqi-born actor and musician Ahmed Moneka, at Heartwood Music Hall.
  • Sunday, September 18: Matinee Mainstage with JUNO Award-winning Canadian supergroup Fretless for progressive traditional music that expands the definition of the string quartet repertoire.
  • AND, The Fretless and others will play three Free community concerts at noon outside.

Choose your own price

This year, in recognition of the effects of the pandemic and inflation, the Festival is instituting a choose-your-own ticket price model for the first time. Customers can also add additional support for the festival if they wish. More information here.

A pass including four concerts, one for each day of the festival, is also available. Tickets are on sale at the ROXY Theater box office in person or online. To purchase the Series Pass, please call the box office at 519-371-2833.


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