By Alix Bruch
CALGARY – To those who have visited Rosebud, it is no surprise that the Alberta hamlet is home to not one, but two summer music festivals. Tucked away in an unassuming valley 100km northeast of Calgary, the small artistic community is a hotbed for creative talent. The 15 Minutes of Fame Festival and the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival bring locals and visitors together to share an inspiring space carved out by the power of live music.
Lauren Hamm, the current director of the 15 Minutes of Fame Festival, has been attending since its inception 13 years ago. She has seen it grow from a small platform where up-and-coming artists could showcase their work, to a festival that is sought out by established musicians simply wanting to be a part of it.
“I’ve loved the experience of coming together as a community to support our own and discover artists we wouldn’t necessarily hear of otherwise,” explains Hamm. “I’ve performed on stage in a number of different groups, including my band, The Dearhearts. Having the opportunity to play to our home crowd, who has supported us so much through the years, has been invaluable.”
This year, guests will be entertained by the likes of local artists Caitlyn O’Connor and Bill’s Big Band, as well as Jeffery Straker and Christina Colyn. “Artists often ask if they can come back to perform year after year because of how welcomed and included they feel in the inspiring buzz of the small town. The festival is very family centred, and will make you feel instantly at home.”
Keith Hamm, the founder and artistic director of the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival, shares a similar vision to his sister, Lauren, when it comes to bringing music to his hometown.
“The performers at the Rosebud Chamber Music Festival return because of their love for the music, the place, and the people. The rich cultural community found far away from the city lights is an especially attractive creative space for our guests. RCMF artists love connecting with actors, painters, and songwriters who inhabit this beautiful valley. Rosebud is an incredible place and we are so happy to make this home to our festival.”
An accomplished viola player himself, Keith will share the stage with fellow colleagues in the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Aaron Schwebel and Sheila Jaffé. New to the festival this year is Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, Robert Uchida, Winnipeg Symphony Assistant Principal Cello, Leana Rutt, and cellist Johanne Perron.
“Great live chamber music is such a thrill. Some of the most poignant and meaningful contributions of the great composers are found in compositions for smaller groups of players. Listeners can experience the interaction and communication of players with one another and with the audience. The intimacy of RCMF performances lends an immediacy of sound and emotion that is undeniable.”
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