Music festival artistic success: Director - Metro US

Music festival artistic success: Director

The 16th annual Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival has hit all the right notes so far, said executive director Glen Hodgins, and they are expecting it will close with a flourish this weekend.

This Saturday’s closing night benefit concert boasts a joint performance from The St. Lawrence and Ying quartets, arguably the two finest string quartets in the world, playing the “mighty and muscular Mendelssohn Octet,” said Hodgins.

Hodgins credited artistic directors The Gryphon Trio with pulling together an amazing program.

This year the festival had 34 fewer concerts than the year before when it peaked in size with 127.

Hodgins said he feels they’ve found the right size for the festival.

“We’ve always boasted that we are the biggest in the world,” said Hodgins. “I’d rather be known for the consistent artistic planning that we saw this year, than for the number of concerts that we did.”

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