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Caledon Music Festival: A Musical Soiree with a Dash of History

Caledon Music Festival Haydn to Mendelssohn

The Caledon Music Festival, under the guidance of Terry Lim, is back with a bang, promising three nights of riveting performances, echoing both tradition and innovation. Come join the musical journey!

Exciting news for music lovers! The Caledon Music Festival is making its much-anticipated return with a trio of concerts that promise to serenade the senses. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Alton Mill Arts Centre on September 1 and 3, with a special event at the scenic Windrush Winery on September 2, the festival offers a magical blend of old and new.

Festival maestro, Terry Lim, the heart and soul behind the event, has been orchestrating concerts all summer, culminating in this grand finale. His passion is palpable when he shares, “Every year, our goal is to bring something fresh to the table. While finances play a role, we’re committed to making the festival happen, experimenting with different times of the year. September felt perfect this time.”

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Opening the festival at the Alton Mill Arts Centre on September 1st is a performance that bridges the old and the new. Aptly titled “Haydn to Mendelssohn,” this musical endeavor showcases young talent playing alongside seasoned professionals. Picture a youthful Haydn composition being delivered with the vibrancy of young artists. Terry Lim especially highlights Daniel Hamin Go, a prodigious talent from New York and Germany, describing his participation as a real treat.

The Windrush Winery is set to host the second performance. If you’re a romantic at heart, prepare to be whisked away by the melodies. Think wine, a grand piano, and compositions that tug at the heartstrings. Mr. Lim paints the scene: “It’s a romantic journey with piano, cello, and the melody of my flute.” The winery’s ambiance only amplifies the experience. Last year’s performance here was a complete sell-out, setting high expectations for this year.

For the grand finale, the festival pulls out all the stops, featuring artists like soprano Emily Vondrejsova and violist Ryan Davis. The cherry on top? Mozart‘s composition bringing down the curtain. Terry beams with pride as he mentions, “This year, we’re thrilled to introduce young artists and even our first clarinetist!”

The festival’s vision goes beyond just these concerts. With increased financial support, they aim to bolster community involvement and present more such captivating events. The ensemble for the festival includes acclaimed TSO musicians and promising Festival Young Artists. They are the magic behind the music.

In between organizing such events, Terry Lim enjoys the tranquility of camping to rejuvenate. When winter descends, he dives into teaching music to university students and conducting workshops.

So, if you’re keen to experience a musical mosaic that spans eras and styles, the Caledon Music Festival beckons. Mark your calendars for September 1-3 and grab your tickets at Caledon Music Fest.

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