The Festival of the Sound is 36 years old!

Did you know the Festival of the Sound (FOS) started out as an intimate concert organized at a local james-campbellcottage? As it grew, it moved to the gymnasium at the Parry Sound High School and then into its home at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts. It went from a weekend to a 3 week event hosting musicians from all over the world.

To celebrate the 36th season, the Festival has organized a spectacular Opening Weekend.

Starting with a gala fundraising dinner and concert “Classics by Candlelight” on July 17th, the featured musicians will be playing some of their personal favourite pieces.

Saturday evening, the fun continues with the Canadian Brass – who are celebrating 45 years of music and their reputation as the world’s most famous brass group.

Sunday afternoon features Festival Director James Campbell and the New Zealand String Quartet honour the memory of Charles W. Stockey, who created the $1.7 million endowment fund that is “instrumental” in maintaining the home of the Festival.

Sunday evening, The Elmer Iseler Singers, a 20-voice professional chamber choir based in Toronto, Canada, and the Canadian Brass join forces for “Joyous Sound”, a concert of the founder’s favourite music.

In addition to great music played at the Stockey Centre throughout the course of the three weeks, there are many additional activities planned.

Starting on July 1st, FOS officially kicks off summer in Parry Sound with its Canada Day cruise on the Island Queen. East coast music will get you up and dancing as you enjoy the stunning scenery of Georgian Bay, and ends with a view of fireworks from the boat.

Besides boat cruises, a variety of music related films (curated by Will DiNovi) will be shown. From the famous “The Red Violin” and “Thirty-two short films about Glenn Gould” to lesser known films, these movies are scattered throughout the three weeks.

Always popular are the free lectures, conversations and open rehearsals that help concert goers better appreciate the music you are hearing. Some take place during scheduled concerts, while others take place before or between concerts.

Besides on-going fundraising to offer extremely affordable tickets to the Festival of the Sound, FOS has created an innovating education program called “Music Scores”. Children in grades 4 – 6 in the Parry Sound school district receive visits from musicians who demonstrate their instruments and explain about an upcoming concert the children are treated to at the Stockey Centre.

To order your tickets for the Festival of the Sound and see the list of concerts and musicians, please visit the Festival web site 

We would love to host you during your visit to the Festival. Please visit our on-line calendar to see vacancies or call us at 1-866-371-2638.

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