Guelph Musicfest 2021


Season 15 — July 9 to November 19, 2021

from the director

It has been a challenging and stressful time for the performing arts everywhere. But as we enter the warm time of year, there are reasons for cautious optimism as vaccination begins to lead our lives back to normalcy, and in-person concerts make a careful return.

Guelph Musicfest 2020 ended up being one of the only concert series anywhere to complete its entire season of performances with in-person audiences, even if attendance was limited to 50 per event. The generous support of the loyal festival audience and the introduction of Digital Musicfest streaming over the internet made it economically possible.

Thank you to everyone who bought tickets, especially those who were content to enjoy the music in the comfort and safety of their homes. Those that came to the GYMC were thrilled and sometimes moved to tears by the only “live” concerts being given anywhere in the area.

Guelph Musicfest is back with two concerts in July because I know you can’t wait for the concerts to return. The July concerts will likely be limited in attendance to 50. But thanks to a generous anonymous donor, I’m able to offer a FIVE concert series this year, with three of them in November (and hopefully with the audience restrictions mostly lifted). There will be Master Classes or advanced music lessons presented in public, with the concert performers sharing their insights for the first time. All of the November concerts will have associated Master Classes, and Robert Silverman will also use some of his time to give an entertaining and informative presentation on J.S. Bach’s astounding Preludes & Fugues.

New this year (fingers crossed that there are no technical issues) will be LIVE STREAMING of each concert. That will add a new dimension to Digital Musicfest, which will continue to present a high-definition video replay of each performance, available for seven days.

The theme for this season? BREATHE AGAIN... Prelude to Rebirth Around the World! By coming to Guelph Musicfest, either in person or online, you will BREATHE MUSIC and renew your spirit.

Thanks for supporting Guelph Musicfest and my efforts to keep the music alive!


Ken Gee, founder/director
…the music poured through us like balm. The subsequent concerts lived up to the excitement of that first note and we found ourselves looking forward to each Friday night. The hall was perfect. We all know that lots of work goes on in the background but believe me when I say that we are all in your debt for the programming of performers and repertoire. Thanks to all of your volunteers and for giving us this gift of hope in the midst of a chaotic world.
Sheri Cabena
…I was tremendously impressed. I am most grateful for all that you are doing to expand the appreciation of the arts in our city. I had purchased the CD’s that you kindly made available for the concerts and am so pleased with them. Truly, music of this caliber lifts the soul to great heights! I feel blessed.
Susan Bentley

Special thanks to June Davis and family—Emory, Deirdre and Eric—for their past support in memory of Richard C. Davis (a true lover of music who believed in Guelph Musicfest)
Guelph Musicfest 2021 is grateful for the amazing support of an Anonymous Donor

Guelph Musicfest is generously supported by the Neighbourhood Group

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Each ticket for concerts in the GYMC Recital Hall includes a $10 discount voucher for food at any of the above Neighbourhood Group pubs and restaurants. If you have purchased a ticket but are unable to attend the concert in person, you will still get a ”paper” ticket with the discount voucher on the back.

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