Westben Arts Festival Theatre is where the best of music and nature spring to life in your company! Nestled amongst peaceful hills on a 50 acre farm, 3km north of Campbellford, two hours east of Toronto, Westben’s primary performance venue is a custom-built, timber-frame barn. The Barn seats 400 and combines state-of-the-art acoustics with a rustic yet sophisticated atmosphere. On sunny days from June to August massive walls and doors roll away allowing music to waft over the surrounding meadow. Imagine sunshine, smiles and fresh country breezes while listening to everything from Bach to Broadway favourites, opera, jazz and world music! Ask about our getaway packages and gourmet picnic baskets.
Season 2015 is dedicated to tradition, both old and new. Each presentation explores tradition in its own way. Fiddler on the Roof, La traviata and Kings on Broadway all focus on the challenges of changing traditions. Stewart Goodyear’s performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Le studio de musique ancienne de Montréal’s Music from the Sistine Chapel reminds us of some of our earliest and deepest musical traditions. We also present several projects which imbue old traditions with a startlingly new voice, including performances of harpist Valérie Milot, or the new sounds of MAZ or Jane Bunnett’s Maqueque.
We welcome back recent traditions such as the TGIF! series of Friday evening fun concerts which includes TGIFolk with the Good Lovelies, TGIFun Primadonna Strikes Back with Mary Lou Fallis, TGIFilm! Anna & the King of Siam and TGIFiddle! Kelli Trottier & the Mushy Peas. The Eclectic Brian’s Picks is back with Linda Kash and TV Friends in Improv All-Stars, Romancing the Harp and jazz sensation MAZ. Then there are the brand new traditions. Now settled into our new year-round home at the Clock Tower Cultural Centre in Campbellford, we are thrilled to be presenting a whole new range of year round programming which we hope will foster brand new traditions for Westben in its community. New this season is the Jazz Fringe Festival taking place in area restaurants and pubs in Warkworth, Campbellford and Hastings.
Westben may already be a tradition for you. Or you may be discovering it for the very first time. Whichever, our hope is that it becomes a happy tradition that will stay with you for years to come!