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Join the C'mon Festival Society for their 2022 Festival, from July 14-17, 2022 at the Winspear Centre, 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square

After a two-year, pandemic-induced hiatus, Edmonton’s innovative classical music event, the C’mon (Chamber Music Old & New) Festival is excited to reconnect with its audience. Returning to the Winspear Centre this summer from July 14 - 17, the festival is pleased to continue its policy of “pay what you can”. The C’mon Festival presents Edmonton’s finest professional musicians - many from the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) - in a relaxed atmosphere, performing “seriously fun classical music”.

The vibe of the C’mon Festival is casual, eclectic, full of surprises - from the great beauty and emotional intensity of Fanny Mendelssohn’s Romanze to the baroque-flavoured quirkiness of (Pulitzer Prize-winning composer) Caroline Shaw’s Boris Kerner (featuring the haunting tones of clay flower pots). The festival is thrilled to present Julia Wolfe’s Blue Dress - this Appalachian folk-flavoured music inspired a whole program for violins around this powerful piece.There’s a generous dollop of genre-blurring in master jazz artist Wynton Marsalis’ writing for the bassoon. And the fabulous Blue Danube festival finale returns!

In addition to the festival’s three main programs, there will be a noon hour preview concert on July 14 with two-time Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion Daniel Gervais and festival favourite, violinist Alissa Cheung of the Montreal-based Bozzini Quartet. Following Saturday’s concert is an extra, late night set, showcasing improvised sounds by percussionist Mark Segger and Alissa.

Artistic director Kathryn Macintosh, also the assistant principal trombonist of the ESO, is really looking forward to this year’s festival. “The last couple of years have been a challenging time for so many people. I’m glad we can finally enjoy an in-person festival. There’s nothing like live music to help us feel rejuvenated and connected to each other, for musicians and audience alike”.

Program Information
Main Programs:
July 15: 7:30PM Eclectic Music for string quartet, with various musical guests
July 16: 7:30PM Violinissimo!
July 16: 10:00PM Late night improv set with Alissa Cheung and Mark Segger
July 17: 3:00PM Festival Finale

Preview Concert:
July 14: 12:00PM Festival Preview: Fiddle or violin?

Admission is Pay What You Can at the door

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