Since 2003, Sweetwater Music Festival has presented high-quality classical, contemporary and jazz performances, with an emphasis on small ensembles, improvisation, and the synergy created when award-winning musicians get together in new configurations. In addition to performance, Sweetwater maintains a strong relationship with local luthiers, who exhibit their work and also have their instruments played by professional musicians during the festival. Finally, Sweetwater has a strong outreach/education component in school visits, master classes and artist talks.
About Sweetwater Music Festival
Music performed at the Sweetwater Music Festival ranges from Bach, Mozart and Haydn to new classical compositions as well as jazz. Our two primary venues are the acoustically impeccable Leith Church and the fine larger venue, Georgian Shores United Church in Owen Sound. The Festival began ten years ago when Mark Fewer gave a Bach concert played on local instruments. To this day, he continues as Sweetwater's indefatigable artistic director. His programming emphasis is on the evolution of small ensembles from the Baroque to the present-day, as well as the improvisational element which has been in play throughout this time. Sweetwater's stature is such that it draws musicians who are at the top of their field and perform all over the world.