Four Winds Featured Artist | Emma Pearson, Soprano… …performs ‘Ayre’
“…Emma Pearson shone like a star, returning to Australia after a 10-year stint in Germany. Her infectious energy and compelling stage presence were matched by exquisite singing: finely crafted and enchanting yet with an unaffected simplicity.”
Mark Coughlan, The Australian
Emma Pearson is a celebrated Australian opera singer and was principal artist at the Hesse State Theatre, Wiesbaden Germany from 2005 until 2014. When she came to leave the company, the State of Hessen awarded Emma the honorary title of “Kammersängerin”, which is a title for distinguished singers of opera and classical music. Historically, the title was bestowed by princes or kings but is now awarded by national institutions. She is the youngest opera singer to have ever received this title.
From the Hesse State Theatre, Wiesbaden, Germany to the Four Winds Sound Shell, Barragga Bay…
There are a number of opportunities to hear Emma perform at the Four Winds Easter Festival, but the one not to miss is at 3pm on Saturday afternoon in the Sound Shell. Emma will perform ‘Ayre’ by Argentine-Israeli-Russian composer, Osvaldo Golijov who grew up in an Eastern European Jewish household in Argentina. His mother was a piano teacher, and his father a doctor, and he was raised surrounded by classical chamber music, Jewish liturgical and klezmer music, and the new tango of Astor Piazzolla. He is Loyola Professor of Music at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where he has taught since 1991.
‘Ayre’ (meaning air or melody in medieval Spanish) has already established itself as one of the most important works of the 21st Century. This mesmerising song cycle takes the listener on an incredible musical journey, bridging musical genres and styles from Renaissance Spain, with influences from traditional Arabic, Christian and Jewish cultures, spiced with contemporary South American rhythms close to Golijov’s homeland, Argentina.
With a radical band of instruments, musicians and sound design accompanying the singer and story-teller, this remarkable work questions our very existence – a truly moving experience as the music draws us deep into this beautiful yet conflicted world of contemplation…
The vocal part for Emma is virtually non-stop, so she is absolutely central to this performance. The work allows the soprano soloist to unleash a broad range of her finest vocal styles, her story-telling skills and even a bit of dancing might be called for.
James Crabb, our Four Winds Artistic Director, will be playing classical accordion…which at times becomes ‘hyper’ in one of the work’s darker moments.
Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival | Not just food for the soul…
As always at the Festival you will be able to treat yourself to great coffee from local favorite Beardhawk Coffee, as well as Regino Coffee who roast and blend their own coffee.
Fabulous Wapengo Oysters (which we think are the best in the world) can be complemented by an excellent selection of drinks from the Four Winds Deli Bar – including from our local wine partner Rusty Fig. Spicy Jam will be providing a fabulous range of hot food catering to all tastes.
As the day goes on, tea and cakes – or perhaps you fancy a hot cross bun – essentaial at Easter.
There will be no shortage of delicious treats to tempt you.
There is a free shuttle bus service running from the Bermagui Country Club to the Four Winds site from 8.30am on Easter Saturday and 8.00am on Easter Sunday. (Don’t forget to put your clocks back 1 hour before going to bed on Easter Saturday for the end of daylight savings!).
If you are driving to the Festival site on Easter Saturday and Sunday, you need to book your carpark spot prior to arriving on the day – $10 per day per car.
Shuttle bus bookings and car park passes can be booked on the ticketing site via the link below…
To find out more about all upcoming events at Four Winds go to www.fourwinds.com.au, call 02 6493 3414 or drop in to our Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre.
Image credits: Ben Marden, Robert Tacheci