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Classical VI: Voice & Strings - July 25-27

Discover the diversity of voices and strings that span centuries, continents and all cultures. May they strike a chord with you!

Curatorial Statement

Everyone has a voice.

Every culture connects through song, be it the call to prayer, the lullaby to soothe a child to sleep, the stirring sound of massed choirs joined in celebration, soaring high notes or simple harmonies. Stories are told over the years and tomorrow's concerns are laid bare in delicate whispers.

To communicate by singing is as old as the hills, as new as the dew. Traditions that go way back and resonate through the ages, bringing the wonder of the old to the ears and souls of today.

Classical voices and strings span the centuries, the continents, the cultures, the peoples—from opera to sufi, from Andalusia to Africa, from Welsh valley choirs to Turkish folk. To perfect the sound, singers study hard, use the whole range of their voices and bring out the full sound of the music—music that often has an ancient root.

So are all voices classical? Or just ones that sing old songs? Can pop voices be classical? Can classical voices be pop?

Whatever the journey, the human voice raised in song has the potential to strike a chord in everyone—so come sing or be sung to, hear strings plucked or bowed, open your ears and let the sounds of music, old and new, flood your soul.

Oh, you might want to dust off that ukulele and be part of a re-imagined operatic score, too. You know it makes sense...

— Caroline Hollway, Guest Artistic Director


Harbourfront Centre Staff

William J.S. Boyle

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Fernandez

Director, Community Engagement & Activation

Rodrigo Fritz

Senior Artistic Associate/Project Coordinator

Ayesha Chatterjee

Head of Administration

Caroline Hollway

Guest Artistic Director

Sergio Elmir

Artistic Associate

Georgia Barrington

Administrative Coordinator

Serge Sargento

Music Assistant

Andrea Strachan

Event Production Manager

Kim Trollope

Technical Director

Gavin McDonald

Production Coordinator

Genevieve Peng

Volunteer Coordinator

Dorothy Szczurek

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Adriana Sabogal

Vendor Coordinator

A programme of the complexity and size of this 2014 festival season is only possible with the cooperation, contributions and hard work of every department and all members of the entire Harbourfront Centre staff. We extend our thanks to them all. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the dedicated Harbourfront Centre Volunteer Team who, for the past 35 years, has worked tirelessly to make all our activities possible.
* Some exceptions apply
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