Mallon returned to the festival for a third season as Artistic Director and brought with him Baroque musicians of the highest caliber from across the continent. Performances by Mallon’s critically acclaimed Aradia Ensemble were presented this season alongside concerts by Kitchener’s own Nota Bene Baroque Orchestra, and a vibrant team from Montreal led by Canadian master Cristina Zacharias.
The festivities commenced with a concert illuminating the four main national styles of music in the 17th and 18th centuries: German, Italian, French and English. A talk from Mallon underlined the uniqueness of each approach, and a reading from Don Quixote brought the music alive for the audience. These Baroque works were compared with Fratres, the incredibly popular piece by modern-day Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The largest concert of the weekend was a vocal and instrumental performance at Cambridge’s magnificent Central Presbyterian Church (a structure has seen the movements of the Grand River for more than a hundred years).
Kevin Mallon is looking forward to the Festival’s future. He is keen to connect the festival to the international scene by having the great baroque musicians in the area perform with some of the finest from North America and abroad.