Stratford Summer Music


Party Like It's 1689!

If you were in Italy in the late 1600s, you would have been surrounded by music virtually everywhere you went.  And not just any music, but music played by virtuosos who lived lives like today’s pop stars!  Highly stylized and heavily embellished, much of the repertoire written showcased the abilities of the performers as well as coax out emotionally extreme responses from listeners.  This particular combination of musical selections showcases the otherworldly talents of Grammy winner Suzie LeBlanc, sopranoand Juno winners Matthias Maute, recorder, and Mark Fewer, violin and Mark Edwards, harpsichordist .  And just like performers traveling the coastlines of Italy back then, the results will be unexpected...and thrilling!

This early music performance will include works by Strozzi, Cazzati, Simonetti, Merula, Mealli, Vivaldi, and everyone’s favourite - Anonymous!

Recently appointed to the Order of Canada, renowned Acadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc was born in Edmunston, New-Brunswick. She sang in the choirs of her native Acadia and studied dance and harpsichord before studying singing in London, UK. From there, she began an international singing career specializing in early baroque repertoire; exploring and recording a substantial amount of previously unpublished material while resident in Europe. Her thirst and curiosity for new vistas then led her toward the repertoire of French mélodies, lieder, contemporary music, and Acadian folk music, as well as exploring the art of improvisation with the ensemble Mélosphere.

Matthias Maute has achieved an international reputation as conductor, recorder and flute player and as a composer. Mr. Maute is esteemed for his artistic direction of Ensemble Caprice, for whom he produces ingenious and fascinating programs. With this ensemble he regularly appears at major festivals world wide. In Canada he has performed at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Festival international du Domaine Forget and Elora Festival among others.

Described as “genre-bending” by the National Post, and “intrepid” by the Globe and Mail, Stratford Summer Music's Artistic Director, Mark Fewer has performed around the world to critical acclaim in virtually every role asked of a violinist - and then some. His regular musical diet includes performances from the early baroque to the avant-garde, with recent performances as soloist with groups as wide-ranging as the Melbourne Symphony (Australia), the Fodens-Richardson Brass Band (UK), the Zapp Quartet (Amsterdam), and the McGill Percussion Ensemble (Canada). He is also a dedicated chamber musician, jazz violinist, artistic director, and teacher.

Assisted with a gift from:

Ernestine and Michael McKenna

Canadian Programming Sponsor:


early music with Suzie LeBlanc, soprano, Mark Fewer, violin, Matthias Maute, recorder

Thursday August 22 | 3 pm

The Avondale

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