Summer Serenade a concert series for everyone

13 performances will cover jazz, cabaret, Celtic and more

Midland Mirror

MIDLAND – From jazz and cabaret to Celtic and gypsy fusion music, Summer Serenade is back for a fourth year of bringing a taste of classical music to Midland.

“The series really offers something for everyone. We’ve got every genre,” said John French, founder of Brookside Music Association, which runs the series.

New to the classics? No problem.

The performers “make it very accessible to the audience. They talk to them and explain a little bit,” he said.

What started as small house concerts in French’s living room has grown into a full-fledged series funded by Ontario grants and local businesses and individuals.

This year, 13 performances will be held between July 3 and Aug. 28 at various venues in Midland. Click here for details.

The Gryphon Trio, a chamber music ensemble making its second Summer Serenade appearance, will kick things off July 3 at the Midland Cultural Centre.

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra will end the series Aug. 28 at the Boathouse Eatery. The group plays “one-of-a-kind gypsy fusion music” in a lively show, French explained. They gained notoriety in 2012 when a video of them doing an impromptu performance on a delayed Air Canada flight went viral.

“They are in high demand right now,” French said.

New this year is the addition of cabaret, and many high-profile performers will also be taking the stage.

French said he hopes Summer Serenade will keep growing and become a tourist attraction for the area.

“We hope we can reach a larger audience now,” he said. “We’re constantly amazed when people say, ‘We didn’t know anything about it.’”

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