Music for Farms to play Novalis Hall in Angus, Ontario

John McDowell teams up with Canadian violinist Emmanuel Vukovich and cellist Julia MacLaine to create the musical ensemble Music For Farms which will perform at Novalis Hall in Angus, Ontario on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 3pm. Novalis Hall is located at 7841 4th line in Angus, Ontario. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling 1-705-722-5408, or e-mail at For more information, visit Downloadable PDF here.

Emmanuel Vukovich and John McDowell, who practice music and farming side by side, have formed an international initiative, Music for Farms, which works to revive and sustain local organic agriculture and farming communities through the arts. Julia MacLaine joins them for this special concert at Novalis Hall. The program includes the music of Bach and several original works in contemporary and classical idioms, such as their own composition based on the Parcival legend. The trio’s creative arrangements reflect a weaving of eastern and western traditions, incorporating African Drum rhythms.

Juilliard and McGill trained Emmanuel Vukovich is the recipient of Canada’s first Golden Violin Award, as well as the Canada Council for the Arts Orford String Quartet scholarship. His twin passions of farming and music are brought to expression in this artistic Rite of Spring. John McDowell is best known as composer of the score to Oscar winning Born into Brothels. He has toured with platinum selling rock/world music band Rusted Root and his internationally acclaimed band Mamma Tongue. Cellist Julia MacLaine has been consistently singled out by critics for her rich tone, sweet throbbing vibrato and superb musicianship. Her performances at Carnegie Hall, in Europe, North and South America and Iceland have established her as one of today’s prominent cellists.