Here’s What You’ve Been Waiting For!


Artistic Director Gerald Fagan, and the Board of the Bach Festival are happy to announce that preparations for the Bach Festival 2017 are progressing rapidly to provide South Huron and the rest of Ontario with a great new concept for this coming July!!!   Scheduled from July 6 to 16, the Festival is being labelled OUR HOME AND NATIVE LAND, profiling an all-star cast of some of this Province’s finest musicians.

The Festival is proud to announce a great mix of outstanding talent (including fine local musicians).  Some of the leading talents include the return of virtuoso pianist Leopold Erice, a first time appearance in South Huron of world champion fiddler Shane Cook (performing with Exeter legend Jerry Smith), and world class cellist Cameron Crozman (flying in from Paris France with his 12 million dollar Stradivarius cello). The Grand Opening performance will feature baritone John Avey (Metropolitan Opera) with the legendary pianist Marlene Fagan….  again delighting audiences with popular Broadway music of the 60s and 70s.

The Gala Closing performance (Sunday afternoon July 16) will be a blockbuster performance featuring over 200 musicians.  Four icon solo singers;  Leslie Fagan (soprano),   Anita Krause (alto),  Colin Ainsworth (tenor), and John Avey (bass);  will headline the Festival Massed Choir (with core choirs  CHOR AMICA of London,  the South Huron Choir, “that other choir”,  and choristers representing over 25 choral groups from across Ontario.  All of these singers will perform with the outstanding Festival Symphony Orchestra (Concert Master Sig Martin of Grand Bend).  The Gala Closing performance is a departure from the past in every way.  Four new Canadian songs will have their first performance during the concert, as four Ontario composers have been commissioned to write new material;   all of which will be heard for the first time at the Gala.

Local musicians continue to have a prominence in July. Jeff Smallman (Hensall)  is one of the commissioned composers;   Jerry Smith (former Fiddling Champion)  is performing with Shane Cook;   Dr. Richard Heinzle (Organist at Trivitt Anglican Church) is giving an organ recital;  and The South Huron Choir is a core group  in the Gala closing ceremonies.    Coming soon to the Times Advocate will be the announcement of the names of local youth taking part ……a great feature at the last three Bach Festivals.

So keep those dates (July 6 to 16) set aside for listening to great music as Exeter opens its doors to the fourth exciting edition of the Bach Festival!!