Initiated by James Campbell (Artistic Director, Festival of the Sound) and Mark Fewer (Artistic Director, Stratford Summer Music), July in January is an online video chamber music festival born out of the desire to connect to audiences outside of the summer festival season.
The first annual July in January features 11 wonderful concerts shared by the following Ontario arts organizations:
Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound, Artistic Director: James Campbell)
Collingwood Summer Music Festival (Collingwood, Artistic Director: Daniel Vnukowski)
Elora Festival (Elora, Artistic Director: Mark Vuorinen)
Music Niagara (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Artistic Director: Atis Bankas)
Ottawa Chamberfest (Ottawa, Artistic Director: Carissa Klopoushak)
Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival (Picton, Artistic Directors: The New Orford String Quartet)
Stratford Summer Music (Stratford, Artistic Director: Mark Fewer)
Thousand Islands Playhouse (Gananoque, Studio ‘S’ Series Host: Eric Friesen)
SweetWater Music Festival (Owen Sound, Artistic Director: Edwin Huizinga)
Toronto Summer Music (Toronto, Artistic Director: Jonathan Crow)
Westben (Campbellford, Artistic Director: Brian Finley)
July in January videos are free to anyone, anywhere, thanks to these dedicated presenters and artists. Please show your support by donating through links provided on each organizations’ about and video pages.
Concerts are available for viewing Friday, January 28 — Monday, February 28. No registration is required.
“Our thinking was to find a way to give the gift of music as a thank you to our supporters by bringing their favourite summer festivals into their home during the coldest, most isolating months of the year. July in January takes music lovers on a summer trip across Ontario without leaving the comfort of their home. The enthusiastic response we received from our colleagues about this project proves yet again how the power of great music unites us in challenging times.”
– James Campbell, Artistic Director, Festival of the Sound
July in January Concerts
Festival of the Sound presents
This is Our Sound!
Festival of the Sound’s 2021 summer festival finale, This is Our Sound! features an eclectic program with excerpts of many beloved works, including Beethoven’s Septet in Eb major, Op. 20, Bach’s second cello suite, Dvorak’s piano quintet, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and more.
Collingwood Music Festival presents
The finale of Collingwood’s 2021 summer festival, with Ravel’s Shéhérazade alongside twentieth-century Lebanese songs and many other jewels of the East. Featured performers include Joyce El-Khoury (soprano), Serouj Kradjian (piano), Joseph Petric (accordion), Kathleen Kajioka (violin), Jesse Dietschi (double bass), Naghmeh Farahmand (percussion), and Bill Franks (painter).
Elora Festival presents
The Elora Singers contemplate love in a program built around the premiere of Canadian composer Tim Corlis’ On Love, set to poetry of unity and love by the Lebanese-American poet Khalil Gibran. On Love contemplates love of many kinds: a spiritual love, love for one another, love for those to whom we are close, and importantly, love for those whom we do not know. This program also includes music by Gerald Finzi, John Sheppard, Rene Clausen, Maurice Duruflé, Arvo Pärt, and more.
Ottawa Chamberfest presents
Ironwood Quartet & Jamie Parker
Ironwood Quartet performs Mendelsohn’s Quartet, Op. 44, No.1 in D major and Dohnányi’s Piano Quintet, No. 1 in c minor, with Gryphon Trio pianist Jamie Parker. Recorded live Monday, July 26 at Carleton Dominion Chalmers Centre in Ottawa.
Prince Edward County Music Festival presents
highlights from the 2020/21 season
Music from Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festivals’ 2020/21 seasons filmed in Picton and Montreal. Featured performers include the New Orford String Quartet, Stéphane Lemelin (piano), Douglas McNabney (viola), Barry Shiffman (viola), and a special collaboration with the Juno award-winning bluegrass ensemble, the Slocan Ramblers, in a program that brings to life works by Jacques Hétu, Ludwig van Beethoven, the Slocan Ramblers, and Tom Petty (arrangement by Jessica Deutsch).
Stratford Summer Music presents
Glorious and Free!
Internationally renowned soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, multiple-Juno winning Gryphon Trio, Ensemble Made in Canada’s Sharon Wei-St. John, and SSM’s Artistic Director Mark Fewer in a program that celebrates the freedom of the human spirit with works by Brahms, Pizzaolla, arrangements by Peter Tiefenbach, and a special bonus presentation by the Hilario Duran Trio.
Studio ‘S’ Series presents
A short film based on violinist Kenny Wong’s experience with Focal Hand Dystonia, a neurological movement disorder Dystonia is a story of heartbreak and triumph. This performance includes Beethoven’s String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29, and Mozart’s String Quintet No. 4 in g minor, K. 516 with Mark Fewer (violin), Kenny Wong (violin), Scott Chancey (viola), Douglas McNabney (viola), and Carmen Bruno (cello).
SweetWater Festival presents
Rosebud Quartet with Julie Hereish
Music from SweetWater’s 2021 September festival with the Rosebud String Quartet and guest cellist Julie Hereish in a program that includes Britten’s first string quartet, Canadian composer Carmen Braden’s The Raven Conspiracy, and the first movement of Schubert’s beloved cello quintet.
Toronto Summer Music presents
Composers of the Romantic era tip their hats to the great Ludwig van Beethoven in a program that includes Louise Farrenc, Wagner, Schubert, and Brahms’ beloved second string sextet. Recorded in Toronto on Friday, July 23, 2021.
highlights from Digital Concerts at The Barn 2021
Nine performances from Westben’s Digital Concerts at The Barn with performances by Valerie Milot (harp), Brian Manker (cello), Jordan Mowat (drummer/singer-songwriter), Ben Finley (double bass, composer), the Fitzgerald Family (fiddle and step-dancing), Amy Hillis (violinist), Donna Bennett (soprano), Brian Finley (pianist/composer), the New Orford String Quartet, and more.
In Conversation with Eric Friesen:
James Campbell and Mark Fewer on July of January