July 4-15, 2013
Music and Beyond is a new classical music and multi-disciplinary arts festival that has been active on the cultural scene since it presented its first festival in July 2010. Widely considered one of Canada’s major classical music festivals and one of North America’s most innovative arts festivals, Music and Beyond presents classical music in all formations including orchestras, choirs, bands, wind ensembles, instrumental and vocal recitals, and small ensembles. The festival pursues links with music and other art forms and cultural disciplines including visual art, drama, literature, history, poetry, dance, architecture, science, law, food and wine and even yoga. Music and Beyond is virtually unique in the international field of music festivals. By tying together a wide range of other cultural disciplines, the festival creates a more ‘festive’ atmosphere, helping to attract an even broader audience to music.
- 80 concerts over 12 days
- Festival now in its 4th year
- 2012 winner of the Ottawa Tourism Award for New Company of the Year
- Total attendance in 2012 topped 36,000 people
- Committed to presenting concerts in new and unexpected venues and exploring new spaces, partnerships, experiences, and ideas
- Committed to providing fun and engaging classical music programming for children and youth
- Committed to making classical music events affordable for all audiences including students, seniors, and families
We are committed to working with the very best Canadian musicians alongside some of the greatest names on the international scene. Some of the world-class musicians, artists, performers and creative people we have worked with include legendary sopranos Kathleen Battle and Emma Kirkby; world-renowned actor Christopher Plummer; star tenor Ben Heppner; conductor Trevor Pinnock; pianists Peter Serkin, Janina Fialkowska and Menahem Pressler; writers Vikram Seth and Peter Robinson; violinists William Preucil, Martin Chalifour, Jonathan Crow and Mayumi Seiler; the Emerson, Borodin, Jupiter, Fine Arts and New Orford string quartets; the Theatre of Early Music; principal dancers from the National Ballet of Canada; the Canadian Brass; the Hilliard Ensemble; the National Arts Centre Orchestra; I Musici; and Les Violons du Roy.