Elora Festival Announces 41st Season Program and New Leadership July 10-26, 2020

Elora, ON – The Elora Festival’s Artistic Director Mark Vuorinen announces the 41st season program, offering patrons a broad range of musical experiences with world-class Canadian and international guest artists. The Festival takes place over three weekends from Friday, July 10 to Sunday, July 26 at the iconic Gambrel Barn, St. John’s Anglican Church and the Elora Centre for the Arts. Highlights include soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Canadian Brass, The Gesualdo Six, singer-songwriter Royal Wood, Canadian jazz singer and pianist Laila Biali, Scrap Arts Music, and Autorickshaw. A full description of the festival line-up follows below.

Artistic Director Mark Vuorinen says:

“I am excited to launch the next season of the Elora Festival. At its heart are experiences that will move our audiences with beauty. We celebrate Beethoven’s 250th along with the world in this year’s festival. We bring the world to Elora with performances by The Gesualdo Six, the Canadian Brass, and Measha Brueggergosman. We experience a world of sound with Autorickshaw and the high energy Scrap Arts Music ensemble. And at the centre of the Festival is our beloved choir-in-residence, The Elora Singers.”

The Elora Singers, one of Canada’s preeminent and versatile professional chamber choirs, will present several a cappella concerts and Evensong services at St. John’s Anglican Church during the festival, in addition to collaborating with many of the festival’s guest artists. The choir will once again present its ever-popular “Singers Unplugged 4.0” concert, and will offer the audience the opportunity to sing popular choral arrangements along with them at the “Sing-In” concert.

New to the festival this year is the inaugural Elora Singers Vocal Academy, which will take place from July 13 – 16. This program will be an opportunity for selected participants to work with The Elora Singers, and be coached by conductor Mark Vuorinen and celebrated vocal artists, tenor Lawrence Wiliford and baritone Brett Polegato, on a broad range of vocal repertoire and all aspects of ensemble singing, art song and oratorio. Academy participants will perform in a concert on Thursday, July 16 with The Elora Singers, both as soloists and as members of the ensemble. There will also be opportunities for our patrons to attend sessions for free. Check our website closer to the festival for details. For more information about the Vocal Academy and application instructions, contact laura.adlers@elorasingers.ca

This season also signals a change in administrative leadership for the Elora Festival and The Elora Singers. The Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Laura Adlers to both organizations as Interim Executive Director. With over 25 years’ experience in the cultural sector in Canada, Ms. Adlers has worked primarily with performing artists and arts organizations in Canada and abroad. She is well-known in the cultural community for her leadership skills and, in particular, for her work with Canadian and international choirs. Her broad range of expertise includes program development, marketing and public relations, project management, fundraising, and stakeholder and community engagement.

From 2011 to 2014, Laura Adlers was the National Program and Community Relations Director for Business for the Arts’ flagship artsVestTM program, a corporate partnership training program which provides matching funds for successful community partnerships. In 2015, Ms. Adlers received a Master in International Arts Management through a joint program with the University of Montreal (HEC Montreal) and Southern Methodist University in Dallas. For the last three years, she has been working with the Department of Canadian Heritage and Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa on program development projects, in addition to producing ambitious creative projects with partners in the choral community under the umbrella of The Adlers Agency.

Last summer, Ms. Adlers brought the State Choir LATVIJA to the Elora Festival as part of the choir’s first tour to Canada. She has been working with the Elora Festival as Artistic Administrator since September 2019 and will join both organizations as Interim Executive Director on March 1st.

Elora Festival Board President Peter Barr says:

“We are thrilled to have Laura join the executive team for both the Elora Festival and The Elora Singers. Her experience in arts administration and leadership will help realize the artistic vision of the two organizations. At the heart of Laura’s administrative work in the cultural sector are deep connections to the choral community in Canada and abroad, making her a great match for the Elora Singers and Festival.”

Tickets for the Elora Festival are on sale now! They may be purchased online at www.elorafestival.ca, by calling the box office at (519) 846-0331 or in person at the Elora Festival office: The Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville Street, Elora, ON N0B 1S0.

For more information:

The Elora Festival: www.elorafestival.ca
Mark Vuorinen, Artistic Director: www.elorasingers.ca
The Elora Singers: www.elorasingers.ca
Laura Adlers, Interim Executive Director: www.lauraadlers.com

Media Contact: Peter Barr, Board President: (519) 240-3241