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Explore the art of song at Four Winds…

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Beautifully Mad

In Concert | Friday 17 November, 7.30pm
Masterclass | Saturday 18 November, 10.30am

Dame Emma Kirkby (Soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (Lute)

Masterclass | Saturday 18 November, 1pm
In Concert | Sunday 19 November, 1pm

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay
Located 9kms south of Bermagui, South Coast, NSW

A weekend exploring early and contemporary songs is coming to Four Winds.

Beautifully Mad is performing on Friday 17 November, 7.30pm in the Windsong Pavilion. Tony King and Nina Vox, two of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters, will be joined for the first time in Bermagui by their incredible Sydney band including; Bill Risby, piano, Natalie Morrison, double bass, and Nick Lister, drums, for an evening of songs from their new album ‘Silhouette’.

The following morning, on Saturday 18 November, 10.30am – 12noon, Tony King, of Beautifully Mad, will run a Masterclass on – The Craft of Song Writing. A must for anyone interested in or already writing their own songs. Tony will talk about how Beautifully Mad go about writing their material, the craft and inspirations involved.

Dame Emma Kirkby (British Soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (Lutenist) will then present a Masterclass on – The Art of Performing and Understanding Early Songs – on Saturday 18 November 1.00pm – 3.00pm.

On Sunday 19 November 2017, 1.00pm – 3.00pm, Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg will then perform as part of the Four Winds Windsong Series. This is a not to missed recital by one of the world’s leading performers of early song. British Soprano Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg will perform solos written for Lute and songs from the Renaissance Period. Emma and Jakob are visiting from Europe and will be giving only three performances in Australia. Expect an afternoon of quiet, peaceful, beautiful story telling through song.

Tickets: Adults $20 – 80, 16yrs & under FREE

Beautifully Mad | Performance and Masterclass

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Beautifully Mad | Performance and Masterclass | Friday 17 and 18 November

Performance | Friday 17 November | 7.30pm
Masterclass | Saturday 18 November | 10.30am-12noon

Beautifully Mad, Tony King and Nina Vox, two of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters will be joined for the first time in Bermagui by their incredible Sydney band for an evening of songs from their new album Silhouette.

The following morning, on Saturday 18 November, Tony King, of Beautifully Mad, will run a Masterclass on – The Craft of Song Writing. $20 – $55, 16yrs & under FREE

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay 2546
Located 9kms south of Bermagui, South Coast, NSW

Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Windsong Series #3

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Windsong Series #3 | Performance and Masterclass | Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November 1-3pm | Info

Dame Emma Kirkby (British Soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (Lute player) will present a Masterclass on – The Art of Performing and Understanding Early Songs – Saturday 18 November 1.00pm – 3.00pm.

Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg will then perform in Four Winds Windsong Series on Sunday 19 November 2017, 1.00pm – 3.00pm. This is a not to missed recital by one of the world’s leading performers of early song. British Soprano Dame Emma Kirkby and Jakob Lindberg will perform solos written for Lute and songs from the Renaissance Period. Emma and Jakob are visiting from Europe and will be giving only three performances in Australia. Expect an afternoon of quiet, peaceful, beautiful story telling through song.

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay 2546
Located 9kms south of Bermagui, South Coast, NSW
Tickets: Adults $20 – 80, 16yrs & Under FREE

Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Short Black Opera | Friday 22 September 2017

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Short Black Opera | Free Public Performance | Friday 22 September 2017 1-2pm | Info

Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay

As part of Deborah Cheetham’s visit to the region, 30 students from Eden, Narooma and Bermagui primary schools will take part in a three-day Short Black Opera workshop at Four Winds led by Deborah Cheetham and pianist, Toni Lalich. Together the group will develop their own singing and song writing practices, work on the art of storytelling and take part in visual arts activities with local Yuin artists.

A free public performance by the group will take place on Friday 22 September at 1 – 2pm in the Windsong Pavilion.

Presented by Four Winds and Short Black Opera.

Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Radical Voice #5 | Wednesday 20 September 2017

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Radical Voice #5 | Deborah Cheetham AO | 20 September – 5.30pm | Info

Deborah Cheetham AO | The Art of Belonging

Radical Voice Talk Series #5
Wednesday 20 September 2017 | 5.30-7.00pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay

“For thousands of generations we have passed on all knowledge of geography, the sciences, medicine and humanity through visual and performing arts. The Arts have never been a luxury, rather a necessity. Our culture is our knowledge. Our knowledge is our survival.” Deborah Cheetham AO.

Renowned Aboriginal Australian soprano, composer and educator Deborah Cheetham AO presents the next instalment of the Radical Voice Talk Series on ‘The Art of Belonging’.

ADULTS $15, 16yrs & under FREE.

Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Exclusive Four Winds Volunteer Event | Friday 15 September 2017

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Exclusive Four Winds Volunteer Event, Griffyn Ensemble in Concert, Friday 15 September, 5-7pm, The Windsong Pavilion

An exclusive volunteer event to celebrate the announcement of the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival program release and early-bird tickets going on sale. All welcome! New and existing volunteers.
The Griffyn Ensemble will take a break from recording their new album in the Windsong Pavilion to perform for us. We are excited they will be in residence recording their new album being produced by award winning Australian Composer, Lyle Chan.
This is a free event. All you need bring is yourself and a smile!

Griffyn Ensemble in Concert | Friday 15 September 2017 | 5-7pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay, Located 9kms south of Bermagui.
More info www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Golden Gate Brass | Saturday 30 September 2017

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Golden Gate Brass | Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Artists In Residence | Monday 18 – Saturday 30 September 2017

Golden Gate Brass | In Concert | Saturday 30 September 2017, 11am – 12.30pm
As part of their Creative Community Residency at Four Winds Golden Gate Brass will perform a Saturday morning concert of Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, Gershwin’s ‘An American in Paris’ and Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’.
ADULTS $15. 16yrs & under FREE. Info

Golden Gate Brass | Musical Library Storytimes:
Tura Beach Library | Monday 18 September | 10.30-11.30am
Bermagui Library | Tuesday 19 September | 10.30-11.30am
Bega Regional Library | Thursday 21 September | 10.30-11.30am
FREE.

Golden Gate Brass | Private Tuition:
Private tuition available for trumpet, tuba, french horn and trombone.
Phone Michael on 0419 045 399 to arrange. All levels welcome.

Presented by Four Winds, the Australian National Academy of Music and the Bega Valley Shire Council.

Golden Gate Brass | Saturday 30 September 2017 | 11am-12.30pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay, Located 9kms south of Bermagui
Adults $15. 16yrs & under FREE.
Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Radical Voice #5 | Wednesday 20 September 2017

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Radical Voice #5 | Deborah Cheetham AO | 20 September – 5.30pm | Info

Renowned Aboriginal Australian soprano, composer and educator Deborah Cheetham AO presents the next installment of the Radical Voice Talk Series on ‘The Art of Belonging’.

“For Indigenous Australians, the Arts are the most powerful way we can know and give meaning to the world around us. For thousands of generations we have passed on all knowledge of geography, the sciences, medicine and humanity through visual and performing arts. The Arts have never been a luxury, rather a necessity. Our culture is our knowledge. Our knowledge is our survival. It is The Art of Belonging and it is for everyone.” says Deborah Cheetham AO.

As part of Deborah’s visit to the region, 30 students from Eden, Narooma and Bermagui primary schools will take part in a three-day Short Black Opera workshop at Four Winds led by Deborah Cheetham and pianist, Toni Lalich. Together the group will develop their own singing and song writing practices, work on the art of storytelling and take part in visual arts activities with local Yuin artists.

Presented by Four Winds and Short Black Opera.

ADULTS $15, 16yrs & under FREE.

Deborah Cheetham AO | Radical Voice #5
The Art of Belonging
Wednesday 20 September 2017 | 5.30-7.00pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay, 9kms south of Bermagui
Adults $15. 16yrs & under FREE.
Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Singing for your Soul | A weekend workshop

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Singing for your Soul | A weekend workshop
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 August 2017 | Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Barragga Bay

Experience the joy of singing. Australian singer and Composer, Paul Jarman, is leading a two-day singing workshop in the beautiful surrounds of Four Winds at Barragga Bay. Join us for a weekend of music, nature and shared creativity in a workshop exploring humanity, the search for meaning and the joy of coming together in song.

‘Paul’s energy, his ability to quickly connect with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, and his musical skills are breathtaking to be part of.’ (The Bunbury Men of Song)

Paul Jarman’s songs are about explorers, mountaineers, pioneers, leaders and dreamers, innovators, risk takers and those who make a difference to the world.

Included in the ticket price is a nourishing vegetarian lunch and delicious morning tea as well as a gentle yoga/mindfulness/tai chi session at the beginning of each day.

Suitable for anyone who loves to sing, of all ages and abilities

Saturday 5 August, 9.30am – 3.30pm
Sunday 6 August, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Four Winds Windsong Pavilion, Barragga Bay
Tickets: $140 inclusive
Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Presented by Four Winds and Musica Viva

State of the Arts | Thursday 6 July 2017

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This Thursday | Share in an afternoon of discussion and collaboration focusing on the arts in regional Australia…
State of the Arts Thursday 6 July 2017 | Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui

This Thursday afternoon at 5.30pm in the Windsong Pavilion Dr Justin Macdonnell will take to the stage for the Radical Voice Talk Series #4. Justin is a leading arts historian and producer of Australian artists around the world. He will be talking about Chaos Theory and The Arts. Why are we always trying to force the arts and artists into boxes? Are we eroding wild and whimsical unpredictability… and are we getting duller in the process? Justin Macdonnell explores these questions and asks if it might be time to apply a little chaos theory to the arts scene.

Prior to this, from 2pm this Thursday, Regional Arts leaders are gathering at Four Winds Windsong Pavilion for an afternoon of discussion and collaboration stimulated by Lindy Hume’s Currency House Platform Paper ‘Restless Giant’. Lindy, who has strong links to the South Coast is leading a debate on regional Australia’s role in creating and presenting work and will be joining us via live video link from Brisbane. She will be talking with the CEO of the newly formed Create NSW, Michael Brealey, who will be at the Windsong Pavilion in person, prior to a panel discussion with local arts leaders

Four Winds Radical Voice #4
Dr Justin Macdonnell | Chaos Theory & The Arts
Thursday 6 July 2017, 5.30 – 7pm. Tea/Coffee/Bar from 5pm – no interval.
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui
Adults $15. 16yrs & under FREE.
Bookings at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Creative Collaboration Forum
Thursday 6 July 2017, 2 – 5pm.
Event starts with performances by Stonewave Taiko and the Djaadjawan Dancers followed by two discussions with a break mid afternoon.
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui
FREE event. Register at southeastarts.eventbrite.com.au or call 2 6492 0711

Four Winds Easter Festival 2018 | 30, 31 March and 1 April

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Save the date…. Good Friday 30 March to Easter Sunday 1 April 2018

James Crabb, Four Winds’ Artistic Director, will curate his first Four Winds Easter Festival – our 19th iconic Four Winds Festival.

Come and enjoy world-class performances; intimate musical experiences; musical theatre; house concerts; community concerts and workshops; locally produced food/wine and stunning surrounds.
www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

The Windsong Series | John Bell & Simon Tedeschi | Sunday 2 July 2017, 12.30pm

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A tale of shipwreck, heartbreak and redemption comes to the Windsong Pavilion

Sunday 2 July 2017, 12.30pm

Founder of Bell Shakespeare, John Bell, and internationally acclaimed pianist, Simon Tedeschi – two of Australia’s great storytellers – bring their unique performance of Enoch Arden to the Four Winds Windsong Pavilion, in Bermagui on Sunday 2 July 2017 at 12.30pm, as part of James Crabb, Four Winds Artistic Director’s, Windsong Series.

This epic melodrama, composed by Richard Strauss to the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s 1864 poem ‘Enoch Arden’, will be performed in words and music. “A tragic, tempestuous, romantic tale accompanied by the music of a genius. Half chamber music, half theatre.” says Simon Tedeschi.

The historic and artistic value of pairing poetry with classical music is something that both performers are eager to share with audiences as they tour around Australia. “Audiences can expect a moving and dramatic tale of shipwreck, loss and redemption— very satisfying theatre” says John Bell.

John Bell is one of Australian theatre’s most illustrious figures, having played a role in the development of our nation’s rich artistic culture, as founder of Bell Shakespeare, an actor and director. Simon Tedeschi, is one of the most sought-after pianists in Australia. After solo recitals and numerous awards throughout Europe, the USA and Asia, Tedeschi returned to Sydney in 2010 and has since performed as soloist for the Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Queensland Music Festival, Musica Viva and several concert series and major venues around the country.

This rich, philosophical tale of love and loss, inspired by some of Strauss’s most intriguing music, will be performed in the Four Winds Windsong Pavilion in Bermagui on Sunday 2 July at 12.30pm.

John Bell (Narrator) & Simon Tedeschi (Pianist) perform ‘Enoch Arden’
Sunday 2 July 2017, 12.30pm
Windsong Pavilion, Four Winds Rd, Bermagui

Adults $80; 16yrs & under FREE;  Subscription package $140 – includes this event and the next Windsong Series event with Dame Emma Kirkby (Soparano) & Jakob Lindberg (Lute) – Sunday 19 November 2017.

More details John Bell & Simon Tedeschi  | www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on or call 2 6493 3414

Aurelia Quartet | Four Winds Creative Community Residency May 2017

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Discover the musical gems uncovered by the Aurelia Quartet during their residency at Four Winds. Two-weeks of collaborations with local artists; school visits; musical story-time sessions in local libraries; a live session on local ABC South East; private tuition for local musicians and rehearsal time in the Windsong Pavilion, will culminate in a concert performance on Saturday 27 May at 2pm in the beautiful Four Winds Windsong Pavilion, just south of Bermagui.

Aurelia Quartet is a newly formed string quartet comprising Laura Freier and Natasha Hanna (violin), Beth Condon (viola) and Eliza Sdraulig (cello). The four met at the beginning of 2017 at ANAM (Australian National Academy of Music) where they are all students. Despite being freshly formed, they are all excited to explore and share the musical treasure chest that exists for string quartets.

Four Winds is fortunate to partner with organisations such as the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Together we host some extremely exciting residency programs which bring emerging artists to our region. This residency is part of Four Winds commitment to encourage and support the development of artists and the creativity that lies within our community.

Library story-times are as follows:
Monday 22 May – Tura Beach Library, 10.30am,
Tuesday 23 May – Bermagui Library, 10.30am and,
Thursday 25 May – Eden Library, 10.30am.

On Saturday 27 May at 2pm come and enjoy a concert by Aurelia Quartet and hear their reflections of their time in our community in the beautiful Four Winds Windsong Pavilion, just south of Bermagui. Adults $15, 16yrs and under free. Gates open from 1pm. Parking on site.

More info Aurelia Quartet  | www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on

Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival Gallery of images

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Photo’s by Ben Marden Photography

 

There are many more photos to come, however, here’s a glimpse of what was a triumphant Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival…

 

 

Good Friday Night Opening Concert, 25 March 2016:

Sound Shell Easter Saturday, 2016:

Sound Shell Easter Sunday, 2016:

Four Winds conducts a festival biennially and hosts a diverse range of concerts,
workshops and community engagement projects throughout the year.
To find out what’s coming up next go to www.fourwinds.com.au
call +61 03 6493 3414 or drop in to our office at the Bermagui Communtity Centre.

25 years strong – The Four Winds Festival 2016 a triumph!

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Four Winds Press Release

25 years strong – The Four Winds Festival 2016 a triumph!

The 2016 Four Winds Festival held in Nature’s Concert Hall at Barragga Bay, was the biggest Festival ever, with 4300 people attending across the 21 Festival events.

There was a diary of free events on Good Friday, three outstanding evening concerts at the Windsong Pavilion – entirely booked out – three beautiful and intimate house concerts, two gigs at the Bermagui Community Hall and around 1100 people on each day, Saturday and Sunday in the Sound Shell amphitheatre.

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Chair Sheena Boughen said “ We are 25 years strong, and I am thrilled at the start of our 25th year that we can launch this world class facility, and start anticipation building after such a successful event.”

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Ms Boughen said that the overall impression from audience feedback was that people loved the music, some of which was challenging, some surprising, and some overwhelmingly beautiful.

The calibre of the artists, both Australian and international, was outstanding, and in what is becoming a Four Winds tradition, all the performers formed an orchestra to play the last piece, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Zubin Kanga was on the piano in an electric blue jacket, and artistic director Paul Dean played the soaring clarinet.

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Local businesses noted how cheerful audience members were with happy people buying dinner, fish and chips, going to the pub, buying coffee and generally having a great time.

The food tents showcasing local produce such as Wapengo Oysters and Cobargo Home Made Ice-cream were very well attended, and the children’s tent, offering free childcare was at times at capacity.

The major fundraiser for a $100,00 to buy a Concert Grand Piano, sold by the piano key (of which there are 88,) has had a most encouraging start, and shows the support from so many audience members.

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What’s next? This Sunday 3 April in the Four Winds Sound Shell at 2pm the Sydney Youth Orchestra presents ‘Mozart by the Sea’. Tickets are $10 and under 16 years free and available at the gate.

www.fourwinds.com.au

Media enquiries: Marg Hansen 0400 442 945

Birds welcome in the musicians to the Four Winds Festival

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After a cool and misty start for the Welcome to Country smoking ceremony it didn’t take long for the Four Winds Festival to catapult the audience headlong into the Four Winds Rap, performed by Warren Foster Jnr. The rap (Look, Listen, Nylarga, hear the sound of the voice, hear the sound of the birds) was developed with Radical Son’s David Leha working with the Yuin people. By 9.45 we had visited three continents as exquisite music on the flute and the Chinese Erhu emerged mysteriously from the bushes, and then we moved onto to a piece perfectly suited to outdoor playing – Dvorak’s Wind Serenade. With it came the sun.

The 25th anniversary was celebrated with readings from the late Neilma Gantner’s beautifully observed accounts of moving to Barragga Bay some thirty-five years ago, accompanied by a Sculthorpe String Quartet and a moving tribute to Neilma by her sister Marigold Southey who read John Masefield’s Sea Fever.

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Festival goers soaked up the atmosphere, and the strong sense of community, Bermagui is a small town that does big things. The site delivered as always, with a flock of larrikeets flying over in the middle of the Ravel String Quartet, giving a few audience members a moment to reflect that the Navarra Quartet had come all the way from the UK to play in the middle of the bush accompanied by the wildlife.

The galahs had better timing as a flock squeaked by in the silence between movements in the Wind Serenade, while a black cockatoo tried to compete with the brass. But it all added to the sense of Four Winds being a special place to play music.

Artistic director and clarinet player Paul Dean had asked James Ledger to explain the piece he has composed to be world premiered tomorrow, using a small orchestra to demonstrate what he had written and why. The music, called the Natural Church is about night and the bush and the image in his mind is the arch made by trees as he drove along a country road at night. Paul Dean has committed to playing 25% Australian music in this festival, and true to his word intriguing works by Paul Stanhope and Peter Sculthorpe were played today.

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Taikoz made a welcome return, the athletic drummers beating out an incredible rhythm on the giant Japanese drums, the smallest drummer, a woman, having to stand on a platform to reach her drum, but she beat no less loud because of it.

The last extraordinary piece by HK Gruber, Frankenstein, is demonic and ghoulish and fun, and deciding to perform it probably reflects the artistic director’s strong sense of humour. Brilliantly sung and presented by the multi-voiced Jason Barry Smith, baritone and master of everything, it was accompanied by Paul Dean and a group of musicians who as well as their own instruments, all played toy instruments, whirled hosepipes above their heads and made weird noises to the accompaniment of the percussionist popping paper bags.

There is another wonderful day ahead tomorrow, and tickets are available at the gate and online. Don’t miss it!

To see a full gallery of images from today’s Sound Shell Easter Saturday Program  CLICK HERE

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Close to Home | Three Beautiful House Concerts

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New to the Four Winds Easter Festival, three very intimate recitals in three beautiful private homes. Key festival artists will share their stories and their music with an intimate small audience at each event, creating a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the process of outstanding music making.

Tickets are still available for two of the three ‘Close to Home’ House Concerts including:

Tilba Home | 3-4pm Tuesday 22 March 2016

sculthorpe wind quintetThe Sculthorpe Wind Quintet will be playing in a beautiful homestead at historic Tilba. The quintet of Paul Dean, Four Winds Artistic Director, on clarinet, Emma Scholl, flute, Shefali Pryor, oboe, Lyndon Watts, bassoon, and Ben Jacks on horn will delight your musical senses performing works by Ibert, Ligeti and Klughardt. All the members are eminent musicians in their own right, having played with some of the best orchestras and ensembles in the world as well as having successful solo careers. The musical experience will be enhanced by beautiful locally-produced food and wine. Adults $155.

Click here to book your ‘Close to Home’ House Concert tickets

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Barragga Bay Home | 3-4pm Wednesday 23 March 2016

This house concert will be held just across the road from the Four Winds Festival site at Barragga Bay in a beautiful local home. Jack Liebeck on violin, Zubin Kanga, piano, and Nicholas Ng playing the erhu (Chinese two-string fiddle). Don’t miss what will be a one-off performance of the three exceptional musicians while they are all in Australia together.

Adults $155.

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Click here to book your ‘Close to Home’ House Concert  tickets

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Investigate the full Festival program and find out more about ticketing packages at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on/festival, call 02 6493 3414, or drop in and visit the Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre, Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Two Grand Pianos

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At this year’s Four Winds Festival there will be two very hard-working Mason and Hamlin grand pianos, one in the Sound Shell and another in the Windsong Pavilion. Two wonderful, bold and expressive pianists, Zubin Kanga and Alex Raineri, will play a diverse repertoire ranging from Gershwin and Gruber to Schumann and Shostakovitch.

Zubin Kanga, pianist

Zubin in socksZubin Kanga is an Australian-born, London-based piano virtuoso who, as well as having impeccable technique, has a driving interest in exploring the full-range of sounds and tones that can be extracted from a piano. Your first chance to hear him in performance will be playing with Ensemble Offspring in Philip Glass’s Music with Changing Parts at the free concert on Friday evening between 6 and 7pm at the Sound Shell. Later that evening, he will be playing in the first Windsong Chamber Music concert of the festival – Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time – with Jack Liebeck on violin, Li-Wei Qin, cello, and Paul Dean on clarinet. On Saturday he will play Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, with Liebeck and Li-Wei Qin again and Simone van der Geissen from the Navarra Quartet playing viola. And on Sunday, showing his immense versatility, he will be playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
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Alex Raineri, pianist
AlexRaineriAlex Raineri is a prize-winning, young Australian pianist who studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and was the winner of a University Medal. He is the pianist and co-director of a contemporary music ensemble, Kupka’s Piano, and is now studying at ANAM, where he won their Concerto Competition. His first appearance in this year’s festival will be accompanying the tenor, Andrew Goodwin, in a performance of George Butterworth’s Six Songs from a Shropshire Lad. He will also be heard in Stanhope’s Pulse – Heart – Beat and helps to wind up the day with Gruber’s Frankenstein!!
The following day he can be heard playing the second movement, Celebration, from Matthew Hindson’s cello concerto, In Memoriam, a piece that opens the day’s program.
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Mason and Hamlim
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The pianos at this year’s festival are two Mason & Hamlin concert grands. Mason & Hamlin is an American manufacturer of pianos that began making world-class pianos in Boston, Massachusetts in 1854. Over the years, these pianos have been played and owned by many well-known musicians and composers including our own Dame Nellie Melba. Mason & Hamlin pianos are noted for their expressive tone and dynamic range and for their ability to be both beautiful instruments as well as being uniquely rugged in their construction and materials. This makes it an excellent choice for a piano to use at an open-air music festival, where it is required to handle fluctuating heat and humidity without compromising the quality of the sound.
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 Investigate the full Festival program and find out more about ticketing packages at www.fourwinds.com.au/whats-on/festival, call 02 6493 3414, or drop in and visit the Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre, Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm.

A Festival of Unexpected Percussion at Four Winds

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Raw energy will ignite the senses and lift the spirit of Festival goers and the Bermagui Community throughout the Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival with a number of dynamic drumming and percussion performances included in the program….expect the unexpected.
Including:
The FREE Opening Night Concert
Easter Friday 25 March 2016, 6-7pm in the Four Winds Sound Shell:
Ensemble Offspring percussion  Philip Glass 1
Music with Changing Parts by Philip Glass will be performed by percussion ensemble Ensemble Offspring in collaboration with fLIng Physical Theatre. Clare Edwardes, Artistic Director of Ensemble Offspring, will lead three keyboard players, a trumpet, two clarinets, an oboe, a flute and two wordless voices interweaving different patterns of harmony, rhythm and tone. Don’t miss this magical evening which will prove to be a deeply satisfying introduction to a weekend of diverse and exciting music.
Taikoz Trio
Easter Saturday 26 March 2016Four Winds, Sound Shell
Bermagui Headland on Easter Friday morning & pop-up performances in the region during the Festival week
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Visually dramatic and renowned for their explosive and disciplined energy, Taikoz brings an unrivalled impact to the Festival. There will also be pop-up performances around Bermagui with David Hewitt, an inspirational local composer and percussionist, leading our local Stonewave Taiko.
Gruber’s Frankenstein!!
Easter Saturday 26 March 2016Four Winds, Sound Shell.
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Saturday’s Sound Shell program closes with Frankenstein!! performed on a stage littered with children’s toys and percussion. It is exuberant, witty and subversive, light-hearted but not at all trivial and was described by its composer as a ‘pan-demonium’.
Young People – make some noise!
Youth Workshops | ‘Rhythm & Movement’, ‘Instrument Technology’
Easter Saturday 26 March and Easter Sunday 27 March 2016 Four Winds, Windsong Pavilion. 
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On Saturday, Michael Hanlon will lead a workshop focussing on using ‘Technology as an Instrument’; Sunday’s workshop, ‘Rhythm and Movement’, will be led by Tom Royce-Hampton from Taikoz Trio.
FREE Child-MindingEaster Saturday 26 March and Easter Sunday 27 March 2016Four Winds, Sound Shell. For children between 2 and 7 years old there will be free child-minding at the Kids’ Tent where they can be involved in a range of creative and musical activities. Over the weekend various Festival artists will drop in to entertain the kids with wonderful musical experiences.
 
Investigate the Festival Program, book your bus service from Narooma to Merimbula or your carpark pass, read artists’ biographies, find out about child-minding over the weekend, book the youth workshop program and book your ticket packages online at fourwinds.com.au/whats-on/festival or call (02) 6493 3414 or drop into the FourWinds office at the Bermagui Community Centre which is open Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm.