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Ottawa’s classical music festival has just wrapped up, but theexecutive director of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festivalisn’t worried about what that will mean for his festival.

Ottawa’s classical music festival has just wrapped up, but the executive director of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival isn’t worried about what that will mean for his festival.

“People are saying to me that you can never have too much good music,” said Glenn Hodgins.

“I think people have an appetite for great artists and the great masters of our time.”

In its 17th year, Chamberfest, which begins Saturday and runs through Aug. 7, is the biggest festival of its kind in the world, said Hodgins.

Highlights include an opening night concert by Frederica Von Stade — “one of the most outstanding singers of our time,” said Hodgins — who is capping off her 30-year-plus career with a farewell tour, and Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear, who is performing all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas over nine shows.

“Anyone who is fan of Beethoven’s music will see an entire lifetime of music reflected,” Hodgins said.

“This is a once in a lifetime experience.

“It’s inundating in the most gratifying way,” he said of the festival.

“It’s an immersion experience and you’ll become more engaged after watching the wonderful performances and music.”