Up Close & Personal with Edwin Huzinga and Philip Chiu: The Sequel Online Next Friday Free for All to Enjoy

The SweetWater Music Festival kicks off its 19th year with a free, online music event, Up Close & Personal with Edwin Huizinga and Philip Chiu: The Sequel. This digital concert premieres on Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. The violinist and pianist follow-up on their successful 2021 digital concert from last May. This time it offers a few new twists including some fun, personal moments captured between the musical performance. The concert is available to view until May 6 and this is the only time it will be available to view in its entirityLINK TO CONCERT


This digital concert will feature Huizinga and Chiu performing works by Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel, Samuel Barber, Béla Bartók, and Edvard Grieg. WATCH SHORT PREVIEW 


The two of have been long-time friends and musical colleagues dating back to their early days as music students. Chiu was also a featured performer during SweetWater 2021. That connection is on full display throughout the concert as both will introduce each work as they walk around a picturesque, “winterscape” (the digital concert was recorded in Eastern Ontario in early March). The concert lives up to its title – up close and personal. These heartfelt moments make this quite unlike any other video or digital presentation ever offered by SweetWater.


This year SweetWater was able to offer this kick-off concert free to all thanks to support from Canadian Heritage and Concert Partner, Susan Fenton Gibson.


“It has been a tough time for all over the past two years,” notes General Manager Paul Eichhorn. “This is a great way to forget the pandemic for a bit and enjoy some music and two great musicians.”