ABOUT GUELPH CONNECTIONS CONCERTS
“Your chamber music connection to fine musicians,
connecting with each other – and you – through music.”
Guelph Connections Concerts is a unique initiative, held in Guelph but serving the broader region. Now beginning its seventh season, it has gained huge popularity in the community. Most of the scheduled musicians of this series are already recognized in Toronto, Kitchener, Waterloo, Hamilton, London, and also nationally and internationally. Others are now positioned to burst into the spotlight giving our audience the opportunity to hear them at this threshold.
This concert series of fine chamber musicians offers, free of charge, short one hour late afternoon programs featuring various combinations of duos, trios, quartets and more. Some of the groups are well established with noteworthy reputations, others are now building their stellar careers, and still others are professional musicians who simply want to play with each other for the thrill of exploring new repertoire or revisiting old favourites. All the concerts are accessible, classical repertoire. The audience will quickly realize their own vital role in bringing a live performance to life!
What makes the Guelph Connections Concerts different is the three cycles of five concerts each – Fall, Winter and Spring – held at a late afternoon time (4:30 pm) to accommodate a relaxing end of the workday or the beginning of an evening out. The short 60 minute format makes these concerts accessible to busy lives. Positive feedback includes seniors who appreciate not having to drive late at night and audience members being able to drop in after work to a relaxing performance before heading home to busy family schedules. An unexpected delightful bonus is how the series has been able to welcome parents with young children who are not yet ready to take on a full evening concert but have been thrilled by the exposure to live, classical music. The concerts are casual, not at all stuffy and all are warmly welcomed. Thanks to the free-will donations and the support of patrons these concerts are free and always will be free. The musicians want to ensure that anyone and everyone who desires can be up close and personal to the live music experience.
The Guelph Connections Concerts are produced by Artistic Director Marlena Tureski, an accomplished professional cellist. St. George’s Anglican Church is proud to open the doors of its stunning facility to host these concerts. We look forward to welcoming you this season!