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2010 Governor General's Summer Concerts

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July 15, 2010

Come Enjoy the Classic Sounds of Summer with
the 2010 Governor General’s Summer Concerts

OTTAWA— Everyone is invited to savour the sounds of summer at Rideau Hall, during the Governor General’s Summer Concerts, in partnership with Chamberfest 2010. Visitors are welcome to come early, to bring a picnic and to enjoy these free outdoor concerts on the beautiful grounds of the governor general’s official residence.

On Saturday, July 24, at 1 p.m., Songs and Tangos from the Americas, by the Gryphon Trio and Patricia O’Callaghan, will delight audiences with their highly refined and dynamic performance. The trio’s celebrated recordings include works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Lalo and Shostakovich.

Following this concert, the Band of the Ceremonial Guard, one of Canada’s oldest and best-known military bands, will perform on Saturday, July 24, at 3 p.m. The Guards’ rich repertoire is sure to enchant young and old alike.

On Sunday, July 25, at 1 p.m., the Afiara String Quartet will take the stage. This young, all-Canadian ensemble bridges the gap between Haydn and hip-hop. The Afiara String Quartet takes its name from the Spanish word fiar, meaning “to trust,” a basic element vital to the depth and joy of its music-making.

The Governor General’s Summer Concerts will conclude on Sunday, July 25, at 3 p.m., with an energetic performance by Time for Three, a charismatic trio that transcends traditional classification with its signature blend of classical, country, western, gypsy and jazz music.

For more information on our summer activities or our daily guided tours, please call 613-991-4422 or 1-866-842-4422 (toll free) or visit our Web site at

For more information on Chamberfest 2010, please visit their Web site at

Rideau Hall gratefully acknowledges its concert media partners: Le Droit and the Ottawa Citizen.

General information

Parking: Available on nearby neighbourhood streets. Seniors and visitors with impaired mobility will have access to parking on the Rideau Hall grounds.

Public transportation: The site is accessible by bus (Route 9). For more information on OC Transpo services and maps, please visit or call 613-741-4390.

Bicycle racks: Available at Thomas Gate, one of the public entrances to the grounds.

Facilities: Wheelchairs, washroom facilities, public phones, water fountains, play structure and picnic tables are available on site.

Weather: Concerts will be cancelled only under severe weather conditions, in which case announcements will be made on our Web site at

No pets or alcohol are permitted on the grounds.


The concerts are open to media. They must enter the grounds through the Princess Anne Gate and will be asked to park in a designated area.

Media information

Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office


Alex MacDonald
Interim Director of Marketing & Communications
Ottawa Chamber Music Society
613-234-8008 ext. 225