The Amherst Island Waterside Summer Series was established in 1994 to raise funds for St. Alban’s Church but is now an independent not-for-profit organization. Its goal is to present quality music in the wonderful setting of Amherst Island, a place of tranquillity and natural beauty just a half-hour drive from downtown Kingston, west along the Loyalist Parkway. The concerts take place at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, just south of Stella. Tickets cost $35 and include refreshments served during the 20-minute intermission.
Waterside 2016 opens on Sunday, July 3rd at 3:15 p.m. with the first-ever appearance on our stage of a woodwind quintet: Bel Canto Wind Quintet. The members of this quintet are all Principal Musicians in their respective orchestras and include flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn. A lovely combination and beginning of the season.
Another first appearance happens on
Sunday, July 10th, at 7:15 p.m. with a performance by the “other” kind of wind instruments, the brass quintet from Montreal called,
”BUZZ”. Since its founding in 2002, Buzz has given over 1,000 shows in Canada, the United States and Europe. They were winners of the OPUS Award 2014 in “Concert of the Year- Multiple Repertoire” category. “Great winds that will blow you away!”
On Saturday, July 30th, at 7:15 pm. we welcome 2 sopranos, Claire de Sévigné, a coloratura soprano and Aviva Fortunata,a dramatic lyric soprano, with pianist Jenna Douglas, who plays and coaches for the COC. It will be an evening of the best duets from opera and operetta. Both Claire and Aviva are graduates of the COC Young Artist’s Program. Not to be missed!
On Saturday, August 6th, at 3:15 p.m. the incomparable Gryphon Trio will grace our stage for the fourth time. Over the years, so many superlatives have been written about this trio which is a two-time JUNO award winner and, in 2013, winner of the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. As always, “the Gryphon” will be a distinct highlight of our 2016 season
On Tuesday, August 16th, at 7:15 p.m. another first! The Canadian Guitar Quartet has established a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world since its début in 1999. “The mix of dynamic original music and classical masterpieces make a CGQ concert an unforgettable experience.” This highly energetic group will bring Waterside 2016 to an uplifting conclusion.
The Amherst Island ferry leaves from Millhaven dock on the half-hour and from Amherst Island on the hour. St. Paul’s church is 2km straight south from the ferry dock on the Island.
These well-attended concerts are a perfect summer outing, bringing together beautiful music and a remarkable natural setting.