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Join us on select Monday evenings throughout the summer for an intimate classical concert and conversation series.

Eric Friesen hosts this classical music series, which is produced by the Playhouse. Friesen is an internationally renowned music writer and past host of the long-running CBC Radio series “Studio Sparks.” Friesen makes the evening an engaging and enlightening experience as he speaks with the artists about their experiences and their relationship with classical music.  

Picture yourself with a glass of local summer wine, listening to your favourite music, as the sun goes down over the St. Lawrence River. Our waterfront setting means extraordinary views from the deck. This world-class experience is is only a short drive from Kingston or Brockville, and an easy distance from Ottawa. 

4-Show Subscription – $160 (ON SALE NOW)
Single Tickets – $50  (available March 1, 2017)

The 2017 STUDIO ‘S’ series


Angela Hewitt, Piano
July 24, 7:30 pm
One of the world’s leading pianists, Hewitt was admitted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in 2015. Her performances and recordings of Bach have drawn particular praise, marking her out as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time.

“It is wonderful to have my dear friend and great artist Angela Hewitt back at the Playhouse. She will play Beethoven and Bach for us,” says Eric Friesen. 



photo_alpers_08Hinrich Alpers, Piano 
July 31, 7:30 pm
A Honens Laureate in 2006, this German pianist was the First Prize winner of the 3rd International Telekom Beethoven Competition. Alpers has performed throughout Europe, the United States and Canada, including performances at the Berlin Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall. 

“This German pianist is in the Gieseking mould, a master of German and French repertoire. He wonderfully combines power and lyricism,” says Eric Friesen. 


Rolston String Quartet
August 14, 7:30 pm
First Prize winner of the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition, Rolston String Quartet are one of Canada’s young ensembles that are storming onto the classical music scene. The quartet was the only ensemble to be featured on CBC’s 2016 list of hot Canadian classical musicians under 30.

“It is thrilling to have this Canadian quartet play for us and give us a glimpse into the future of chamber music in Canada,” says Eric Friesen. 


Mark Fewer, Violin and Hank Knox, Harpsichord 
August 28, 7:30pm
Mark Fewer has performed around the world to critical acclaim with the Melbourne Symphony (Australia), the Fodens-Richardson Brass Band (UK), and the Zapp Quartet (Amsterdam). He was featured on the album Changing Seasons by Phil Dwyer and Orchestra, which won the Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Hank Knox is a founding member of Montréal’s Arion Baroque Orchestra, with whom he has toured North and South America, Europe, and Japan. He regularly performs and tours with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

“I’ve always loved the playing and the personality of violinist Mark Fewer, a native of Newfoundland. I’m delighted he will be joined by the Montreal harpsichordist Hank Knox in an all Bach Violin Sonata program,” says Eric Friesen.