Photo Credit: Gary Moon
Hello! My name is Sarah Pratt-Parsamian. I’m a violinist, originally from Listowel, ON, who grew up spending time year-round at my family’s cottage on the Bruce Peninsula. I now live and work in New York City, but I return to the Bruce every summer with my husband and two children, and for some years have looked for a way to bring some live classical music to the communities that I have known and loved since childhood. This year has been a tough one for anyone who loves live performance, and for performers alike. In the age of covid, it is a challenge for all of us to find ways to connect with others. We need music in our lives, now more than ever!
This summer, I’m proud to partner with the municipalities of North Bruce, South Bruce, and Saugeen Shores, to present a series of FREE solo violin concerts, performed outdoors between July 25 and August 5, in the communities of Southampton, Sauble Beach, Wiarton, Red Bay, Lion’s Head, and Tobermory. If necessary the dates, times, and locations of these pop-up concerts will be adjusted, based on the weather forecast. In addition, in partnership with the Bruce Museum and Cultural Center in Southampton, I will present a more formal event, “Love the Violin”, an evening talk and performance featuring selected music written for the violin.
These concerts are dedicated to all the small communities that make up the Bruce Peninsula, to which I owe so many wonderful memories. It’s a privilege to be able to give something back, especially in these trying times. Hope you can join us!
Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us. I would be thrilled to see you every year. I hope you will return next year, and many years to come.
-- audience member, Tobermory, ON
COVID-19 SAFETY: In order to ensure the safety of the concert events in 2021, I am performing solo for the entire concert series. I will be fully vaccinated against covid-19 before I come to the Bruce, and will complete a two-week quarantine upon arrival, before making any public appearances. (In future years, as pandemic restrictions ease, I'll be joined by friends and colleagues in performing chamber music.)