Stratford Summer Music


James and Graham Campbell

James Campbell

“Canada’s premier clarinetist” - the Ottawa Citizen

James Campbell has performed as soloist and chamber musician in over 35 countries with over 60 orchestras including the Boston Pops, Montreal Symphony and the London Symphony. He has collaborated with Glenn Gould and Aaron Copland and toured with over 35 string quartets, including the Guarneri, Amadeus and Vermeer. Of his over 40 recordings, the BBC and the Times of London rated his recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet as the best available and his CD “Stolen Gems” (Marquis Records) won a JUNO. He has been named Canada’s Artist of the Year, awarded the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medal, an Honourary Doctor of Law, and the Order of Canada. James Campbell has been Artistic Director of the Festival of the Sound since 1985 and has been Professor of Music at the famed Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University since 1988.

Graham Campbell

... a "gifted guitarist and composer" - The Whole Note

Graham Campbell is a versatile musician based in Toronto, Canada. His experience in jazz, pop, folk, world, and chamber music has taken him to many major festivals across North America and Europe including the Festival of the Sound and The Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, appearing with notable musicians such as jazz pianist Gene DiNovi, genre-bending violinist Mark Fewer, jazz vocalist/pianist Laila Biali, The Afiara String Quartet, and pillar of Canada's Brazilian music scene Aline Morales. He performs regularly with psychedelic Brazilian rock band Os Tropies, reggae band The Human Rights, Brazilian singer-songwriter Bruno Capinan, and multi-instrumentalist Emilyn Stam.

Whether lyrical and introspective, quirky and lighthearted, or rhythmic and danceable, Graham always aims to tell a story with his music. His original works have been featured at festivals across Canada and Europe, and as an arranger he has been commissioned by artists such as Dan Stacey, Bruno Capinan, and Robert Pilon. He is an artistic producer for Spectrum Music, a composers collective that creates and presents new works. Many of his original compositions are featured on As You Near Me, a collaboration with clarinetist and father James Campbell released in 2013 on Marquis Classics, and his pop songs can be heard on House, released in 2016 by art pop band Words Around The Waist. 

Thursday, August 22 at The Avondale

Programme Repertoire:
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #6 in F (with John Novocek)
Martinu: Violin Sonata (with Mark Fewer)
Shostakovich: 2 Preludes & Fugues
Brahms: Clarinet Sonata #1 in f  minor (with James Campbell

Assisted with a gift from:

Mary E. Hofstetter & R. David Riggs

Friday, August 23 at Revival House

Rhapsody in Blue and Brazilian Jazz with John Novacek, James Campbell, Graham Campbell and INNERchamber

Gershwin’s classic Rhapsody in Blue in a unique setting and with superstars to boot!  Paired with a set of arrangements by guitarist Graham Campbell of Brazilian Jazz favourites.

Friday Night Live at Revival House

$45 each show, in advance (+ $5 at the door)
$89 Dinner & Show package, in advance only 

Dinner & Show packages include one show and a 3-course dinner. HST, beverages and gratuities are extra. Dinner reservations are to be made between 7:30pm and 8pm and are only available by calling the Stratford Summer Music office. Show-only tickets are available online. À la carte menu available late night.

Patrons of the Friday Night Live at Revival House Performances:

Dr. Robert Close and Mary Kelleher

Hosted by: 


Thursday August 22 | 7 pm
(with John Novocek, classical piano)

The Avondale

$50 | $30 + HST (+$5 at the door)

Friday August 23 | 9 pm (Rhapsody in Blue | Brazilian Jazz)

Revival House




Nuages by Django Reinhardt; arranged by Graham Campbell; performed by Campbell/Afiara