April 16, 2020
Dear Edmonton Chamber Music Society Patrons
It is with heaviness of heart but clear conscience that the Board of Edmonton Chamber Music Society must announce that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have decided to cancel our annual Summer Solstice Music Festival, scheduled for June 2020.
Daily reports on the course of the pandemic in Alberta, in Canada, and around the world indicate that we have several months ahead which require us to continue self-distancing for the greater good.
We are in uncharted territory. Since 1954 Edmonton Chamber Music Society has brought world-class music to Edmonton, supported the development of chamber music and musicians in our community, and nurtured a love of and knowledge about chamber music. We had planned to bring a lineup of performers together for our annual Summer Solstice Music Festival, and we have not taken this step lightly.
We will weather this storm, and we look forward to seeing you there with us when the storm ends. Until then we wish you health, safety and peace of mind. When we gather again the music will be there.
Dr. Patricia Tao
Artistic Director, Summer Solstice Music Festival
Board, Edmonton Chamber Music Society
About the Summer Solstice Music Festival
The absence of a summer chamber music festival in Edmonton was a question raised by Dr. Patricia Tao when she joined the ECMS executive in 2004.
A pianist and dedicated chamber musician, she had participated in many such festivals in Europe and North America and thought Edmonton, with its well-established chamber music audience and enthusiasm for summer festivals, would welcome a new entry onto the cultural scene. The ECMS supported her vision and in June 2008 presented the first annual Summer Solstice Music Festival.
Patricia Tao undertook the role of Music Director as well as performer. Organizer of the Hear’s to Your Health concert series at the Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre, she drew upon her experience as a music programmer to create thematically linked but stylistically varied programs.