Tuckamore Festival starts today

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Duo Concertante members violinist Nancy Dahn and pianist Tim Steeves perform at Vanier Elementary school in March 2009. The group will play this year’s Tuckamore Festival in St. John’s, which begins today.— File Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

As one Newfoundland summer festival ends, another begins — and this time it’s one of the Atlantic region’s best-known chamber music event.

The 12th annual Tuckamore Festival will take place in St. John’s until Aug. 19, offering pianists and string musicians the opportunity to take part in some intensive training, in the form of workshops, master classes, private lessons and recitals.

The festival will also include many public performances by world-renowned soloists and ensembles, which include the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, SYBARITE5, Janina Fialkowska, Yariv Aloni, Lynn Kuo and Michelle Cheramy, alongside Tuckamore faculty Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn and Tim Steeves) and Vernon Regehr.

On Friday, Duo Concertante will perform the world premiere of Denis Gougeon’s “Chants du Coeur” at MUN's Cook Recital Hall, with Gougeon in attendance.

A lunchtime series, presenting young performers, will take place at The Kirk from 12:30- 1:15pm on Aug, 8, 15 and 16, and from 12:30-1:30pm on Aug. 9. A full series of daytime and evening concerts will be presented over the course of the two weeks, both free and ticketed.

For the first year, the festival will include the Tuckamore Young Composers program, allowing two aspiring composers the chance to participate in a week of intensive study with Canadian composer Andrew Staniland.

The complete schedule for the Tuckamore Festival is available online at www.tuckamorefestival.ca.

Tickets are available at the door of the individual events.

They are also available at the Tuckmore Festival Office in MUN's School of Music, or by calling 864-2372.

A festival pass is also available, at a cost of $80, $65 for students and seniors.


Organizations: The Kirk, Tuckamore Young Composers, Tuckmore Festival Office in MUN School of Music

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Atlantic

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