1812 SYMPHONY EVENT AT FORT HENRY FEATURES CANADIAN STARS
Liona Boyd, Dan Hill and Patricia O’Callaghan to perform alongside Kingston Symphony
KINGSTON, Ontario – Picture the Fort Henry parade square, surrounded by cavernous limestone walls, with a symphony of fifty-five artists lit only by their reading lights, and a line of crimson Fort Henry Guard standing at attention in the distance. The sweet sounds of the Kingston Symphony drift and echo in every corner of the magnificent citadel, ensuring every seat in the house is witness to a world class performance. On Saturday August 18 Fort Henry will host one of the region’s signature events, the Kingston Symphony’s 1812 Overture Tribute to the Bicentennial. This year’s event will feature performances by world renowned guest artists Liona Boyd, ‘The First Lady of Guitar’, classical guitarist, singer and songwriter along with Juno and Grammy award winning singer, songwriter and producer Dan Hill and Patricia O’Callaghan, a jazz and opera singer who will perform her unique style of cabaret..
The Overture is a truly unique evening combining the grace and intensity of classical music with the power and precision of the military practices of the Fort Henry Guard in one breathtaking, historic venue – Fort Henry. The show will culminate with a spectacular cannon firing display and fireworks finale to Tchaikovsky’s' 1812 Overture.
The 1812 Overture at Fort Henry is made possible through a Celebrate Ontario Grant from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport and through the generous support of our event sponsors, Empire Life, Tourism Kingston, Via Rail Canada and Rogers Wireless Express.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 18. Advance ticket purchases are recommended as the event is expected to be a sell-out. Tickets can be purchased online at www.FortHenry.com or at the Fort Henry Discovery Centre. Ticket prices are: Adult (13-64 yrs) $20; Senior (65 yrs+) $17; Youth (6-12 yrs) $17; Children (5 yrs & under) FREE
Limited VIP Seating and after-show event passes are available through our event partner OTX Events. For information and availability, please contact OTX at 613-532-5997 or go to their website at www.otx.ca.
"We are very excited to collaborate with three of Canada's finest artists. It will be a wonderful celebration of music at Fort Henry. Liona Boyd will perform a set of songs she has recently written, Dan Hill will do some of his famous hits including 'Sometimes When We Touch', and Patricia O'Callaghan will sing a version of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' along with some other classics."
- Glen Last, Music Director, Kingston Symphony
“The 1812 Overture event is guaranteed to be a highlight of our summer season. We are very pleased to be able to add such iconic Canadian guest artists to the programme. The Fort Henry Guard is proud to be able to perform alongside the Kingston Symphony to offer one of the most unique blends of entertainment found anywhere in Ontario.”
- Will Baird, Manager, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada