Above: Canadian opera legend Ben Heppner and celebrated pianist Daniel Vnukowski performing together in Collingwood Music Festival’s Fundraiser Concert on Sunday afternoon June 5th at Windrush Estate Winery’s chateau. Photo Credit: Tjalling Photography
On Sunday afternoon June 5th Windrush Estate Winery in Palgrave, Ontario hosted a full-house fundraising concert for the annual Collingwood Music Festival featuring world-renowned Canadian tenor Ben Heppner and celebrated pianist Daniel Vnukowski delivering a stirring, standing ovation performance of Richard Strauss’ Enoch Arden, based on Alfred Lord Tennyson’s heart-wrenching poem. Heppner then engaged the audience, taking questions relating to his incredibly long career of performances at major opera houses throughout the world.
A silent auction followed in which a stunning, donated oil landscape painting of Georgian Bay by local Collingwood-based painter John Wallace Burton fetched an additional $3500 on top of the $20,000 already raised by the concert itself.
Vnukowski, also the artistic director of Collingwood Music Festival, exclaimed: “It was a glorious, historic day in the making and I would like to give another round of thanks to Ben Heppner for sharing his remarkable artistry with us, to our dear hosts J.C. Pennie and Marilyn Field at Windrush Estate Winery for opening up their chateau for this event, and to everyone who worked so hard to make it a success: the board of Directors, Treasurer, Staff, Members, Friends of the Festival, Sponsors, Donors and dozens of volunteers. We were also thrilled to welcome fans of Ben’s and festival supporters from both nearby and as far away as Calgary and Ottawa!”
To enter the draw and order tickets for the festival or individual concerts, please visit https://collingwoodfestival.com or call (705) 416-1317.