Girl power at In­dian River Fes­ti­val

Sarah Harmer, Julie Nes­ral­lah, Caro­line Léonardelli to per­form this week­end

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

As the sum­mer heats up, In­dian River presents two con­certs this week­end fea­tur­ing some of Canada’s finest fe­male mu­si­cians: Sarah Harmer to day at 7:30 p.m., and Voy­ages a Paris fea­tur­ing Julie Nes­ral­lah and Caro­line Léonardelli on Sun­day, July 12, 3 p.m.

In her sec­ond ap­pear­ance at the fes­ti­val, Harmer’s solo per­for­mance is ex­pected to leave the au­di­ence breath­less in the St. Mary’s acous­tic.

“There’s not a word out of place, not a note her clean voice misses, not a melody that fails to take you by the hand,” says the Globe and Mail of the most dis­tinc­tive v oice in the Cana­dian folk mu­sic scene.

Harmer will sing songs of her many cel­e­brated al­bums. From her Juno award to Po­laris Mu­sic Prize nom­i­na­tion, She has es­tab­lished her­self among the pan­theon of leg­endary fe­male song­writ­ers thi s coun­try has pro­duced, hav­ing her name spo­ken in the same breath as Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLach­lan and Sylvia Tyson.

Nes­ral­lah, mezzo-so­prano and CBC ra­dio host, with harpist and Juno Award nom­i­nee Léonardelli, evoke the Parisian sa­lon with glo­ri­ous mu­sic and en­gag­ing sto­ries in Voy­ages a Paris. Along with host­ing CBC Ra­dio 2’s Tempo, Nes­ral­lah is a singer, ac­tress and broad­caster en­gaged by opera com­pa­nies, sym­phonies, fes­ti­vals and cham­ber mu­sic en­sem­bles around the world.

Léonardelli, con­cert harpist and record­ing artist, has an ac­com­plished ca­reer as a soloist, cham­ber mu­si­cian, or­ches­tra mu­si­cian and teacher based out of Ot­tawa.

The pair will per­form charm­ing, in­ti­mate chan­sons by the great Im­pres­sion­ists De­bussy and Ravel, along­side vir­tu­oso harp reper­toire. This Parisian pro­gram was brought to Carnegie Hall in March.

The fes­ti­val’s new out­door pav­il­ion is now open one hour prior to show time; au­di­ence mem­bers are in­vited to en­joy the space and grab some re­fresh­ments be­fore the show.

Both of the per­for­mances take place St. Mary’s Church, In­dian River. Tick­ets and con­cert in­for­ma­tion are at www. in­di­an­river­fes­ti­val.com or by call­ing 1-866-856-3733.

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Julie Nes­ral­lah and Caro­line Léonardelli will take the stage Sun­day af­ter­noon for an In­dian River Fes­ti­val con­cert at St. Mary’s Church.

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