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Carrillo Gantner (AC)


2019 Carrillo Gantner (AC) receives Order of Australia

Congratulations to Carrillo Gantner (AC) who has received the highest accolade in the Australian Honours system being made a Companion of the Order of Australia for ‘eminent service to the community through professional involvement in, and philanthropic support for, the performing and visual arts, and to Australia-Asia exchange.’ Carrillo’s long-term involvement with Four Winds exemplifies this ‘eminent service.’

Carrillo’s mother, Neilma Gantner, was a Four Winds founder, and Carrillo was involved from our first Four Winds Festival in 1991. Between 1994 and 2004, Carrillo and Rodney Hall were Artistic Directors and in no small measure responsible for Four Winds outstanding success. In 2002 Neilma established the Four Winds Foundation, independent from Four Winds, and through which Four Winds can apply for grants for parts of our artistic program. Carrillo is the Chair of the Foundation and he gifted the land on which ‘Nature’s Concert Hall’ is situated, to the Foundation, to allow for its development as a world class performance space. The Foundation also made significant financial contributions to the capital costs of the this amazingly beautiful, creative space that is now available for year round events including the Easter Festival and the Youth Music Festival. While Carrillo is now at arms-length from Four Winds, we continue to value his wise counsel based on his wealth of knowledge of the performing arts.

We also wish to celebrate others in the performing arts who have received Australian Honours. Elena Kats Chernin, our featured composer at the up-coming Easter Festival 2019, has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) ‘for distinguished service to the performing arts, particularly to music, as an orchestral, operatic and chamber music composer.’ Friends of Four Winds, Lou Bennett (previously of Black Arm Band) and Lyn Williams (of Gondwana Choirs) were both made Members of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the performing arts.

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Easter Saturday and Sunday at the Four Winds 2019 Sound Shell Program Announced

Dear All,

We are at such an exciting stage of our preparations for the Easter Festival and I’m delighted to share the program for the Saturday and Sunday Sound Shell events with you.

Following the 2018 Easter Festival you, the audience, told us that what you loved about the Festival was the opportunity to discover: to discover beautiful music which was new to you, to discover new artists, and to discover new talent, all in the informal setting of the Festival. It was also really clear to me that you love to see familiar artists in new collaborations.

We’ve really listened to you and I am delighted that this Festival builds on all those themes. There is a lot here – so please settle in and read on!

What I am really confident about is that the program comprises music, which is truly beautiful and inspiring, even though the works or composers may not be household names. Who can possibly forget the relatively unknown Peteris Vasks and Osvaldo Golijov performances from the last festival, which were clear highlights.

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Come and discover this amazing program of music with us…

On Easter Saturday the Sound Shell program will commence with a special ‘Welcome to Country’ which will feature a local song ‘Mother Mountain’ which was commissioned by Four Winds from Indigenous Opera Singer Deborah Cheetham, who created the song with local Indigenous Children.

Following the Welcome to Country we will enjoy a set of two works by Australian composer Ross Edwards ‘Water Spirit Song’ and ‘ Tyalgum Mantras’, which evoke music from other traditions, and the importance of being ‘present’ in today’s frenetic world. The setting of the Sound Shell provides the perfect backdrop for these works and for us all to be transported from our everyday lives into a musical world evoking other cultures and contemplation. These works will feature Riley Lee – a masterful Shakuhachi (Bamboo Flute) player who is a great friend of Four Winds – and will introduce our visiting musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music who will be a core feature of the Festival Sound Shell program.

More geographical references flow through the program on Saturday morning which includes our featured composer, Elena Kats-Chernin’s work ‘38th Parallel’ which makes literal and musical references to the border between North and South Korea. It features Christina Leonard – one of Australia’s finest Saxophone players who plays ‘an impossibly high, sustained note which appears like the sun to offer hope’….

Two short works by ANAM alumni trumpeter and composer Josh Rogan will provide interludes during the main sets of music.

We are welcoming the Arcadia Wind Quintet to the Festival who, along with musicians from ANAM will be performing an amazing piece called ‘Tetris’ by Lior Navok. For those of you who were at the 2018 Festival, this Israeli composer is a great friend of Ariel Zuckermann who was our featured flautist from Israel. Inspired by the frenetic energy of New York this work for double wind quintet reflects on our modern ‘breathless’ pace of life. What better way to reflect on how fortunate we are that the Four Winds Festival affords us time to breathe?

If you want to dive into the world of a professional musician don’t miss the masterclass in the Windsong Pavilion on Saturday lunchtime during which our international guest, Viennese pianist Stefan Vladar, will be working with pianists and sharing insights into how he approaches learning work and preparing for performances.

Saturday afternoon explores a theme of meeting places. ‘River Meeting Suite’ is not only inspired by the extraordinary life forces that exist at the meeting of rivers, but is a literal meeting of musical genres and traditions. It encompasses Indian music and singing (Sarangan Siranganathan), Tabla (Bobby Singh) and the improvisation common in jazz with the Compass Saxophone Quartet. Rather like the Festival itself, which allows audiences to go on a journey of discovery, this work discovers a space where barriers between classical, world and improvised music are broken down with truly magical results.

Saturday climaxes with a real treat. Our guest pianist, Stefan Vladar will collaborate with the Australian String Quartet in a performance of Brahm’s ‘Piano Quintet in F minor’. This substantial work will immerse you in the musical brilliance of Brahm’s music – referred to as ‘the crown of his chamber work’ – as well as the technical brilliance of these world class musicians. This collaboration is unique to the Festival. You genuinely will not hear this anywhere else so if you are looking for another reason to attend, this is probably it!

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On Sunday I’ve created a triple-bill performance called ‘Beethoven in the Bush’.

You may have already read about this event, in which an array of international artists will be presenting a program of jazz and world-music inspired compositions which culminates in full orchestral performances of two works by Ludwig Van Beethoven; Coriolan Overature – which depicts Coriolanius’ dilemma between war and tenderness, followed by Beethoven’s equally dramatic work for piano and orchestra; Piano Concerto No.3.

But it’s not all big orchestral pieces during this ‘triple-bill’. This Easter-Sunday afternoon performance begins with a beautiful and evocative set of pieces for Bamboo Flute (Shakuhachi) and String Quartet performed by the masterful Riley Lee and the Enigma String Quartet. ‘Elements’ will transport listeners to a gentle sound-world inspired by the elements, the perfect piece to relax to and experience outdoors. The concert moves to jazz and world music performed by the award-winning vocal group Coco’s Lunch. This all-female ensemble never fails to enthrall audiences through their infectious energy and charisma. They sing music influenced by traditions from around the globe, generally without instruments, although rhythms and musical grooves from different traditions are often added with an array of exotic percussive instruments played by the singers themselves.
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This concert embodies what Four Winds is about. Internationally renowned artists coming together in unique collaborations to perform great music inspired by nature and which places western classical music in the context of other traditions and genres. ‘Beethoven in the Bush’ is a great way for everyone to discover fabulous music in an exceptional setting and to experience the thrill of a full orchestra performing in nature.

The two Easter Festival Sound Shell days are surrounded by a wonderful array of concerts so please be sure to check out our website so that you can discover everything that is on offer at Easter 2019.

I’m looking forward to welcoming you!

Best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director

Early bird tickets are available until Monday 31 December 2018.

Image credits: Raine Brown Photography, Ben Marden, Chris Sheedy

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The 15% Early Bird ticket offer is available until Monday 31 December 2018. The offer applies to Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday events and Windsong Concerts 1, 2, and 3

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Discover Beethoven in the Bush; Easter Sunday Afternoon

Dear All,

I’m really excited to let you know about a fabulous triple-bill concert we have on Easter Sunday as part of the 2019 Four Winds Easter Sunday.

In a new level of ambition for the Festival, we are going to be delivering the thrilling sound of a full orchestra playing the mighty works of Beethoven. Come and experience one of the world’s greatest and most performed composers in the beautiful setting of the Four Winds Sound Shell.

This special triple-bill will culminate in full orchestral performances of two works by Ludwig Van Beethoven; Coriolan Overature– which depicts Coriolanius’ dilemma between war and tenderness, followed by Beethoven’s equally dramatic work for piano and orchestra; Piano Concerto No.3. Our special international guest pianist Stefan Vladar will be conducting and playing the two Beethoven performances. These are Stefan’s only performances whilst in Australia.

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But it’s not all big orchestral pieces during this event. The performance will begin with a beautiful set of pieces for Bamboo Flute (Shakuhachi) and String Quartet performed by the masterful Riley Lee and the Enigma Quartet. ‘Elements’ will transport listeners to a gentle sound-world inspired by the elements, the perfect piece to relax to and experience outdoors. The concert moves from music inspired by the elements to jazz and world-music performed by the award-winning vocal group Coco’s Lunch. This all- female ensemble never fails to inspire through their infectious energy and charisma. They sing music influenced by traditions from around the globe, generally without instruments, although rhythms and grooves in music from different traditions are often added with an array of exotic percussive instruments played by the singers themselves.

This concert embodies what Four Winds is about. Internationally renowned artists coming together in unique collaborations to perform great music inspired by nature and which places western classical music in the context of other traditions and genres.Beethoven in the Bush is a great way for everyone to discover fabulous music in an exceptional setting and to experience the thrill of a full orchestra performing in nature.

I sincerely hope you will not miss this chance to be at Four Winds to share this great concert with all your family and friends, and I look forward to seeing you there! If you don’t know the Coriolan Overture…here is the great Leonard Bernstein conducting a performance…CLICK HERE.

I’m looking forward to welcoming you!

Best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director

Early bird tickets are available until Monday 31 December 2018.

Sound Shell Sunday | Beethoven in the Bush
Easter Sunday 21 April 2019, 12noon – 4.00pm
Four Winds Sound Shell, Barragga Bay, Far South Coast, NSW

Featuring: Stefan Vladar (piano),Coco’s Lunch, Enigma Quartet, Riley Lee (shakuhachi) and Festival Orchestra.

Tickets: Adult $100, Concession $70
16yrs and under and Access Pass holders are free.

Image credits: Raine Brown Photography, Ben Marden

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The 15% Early Bird ticket offer is available until Monday 31 December 2018. The offer applies to Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday events and Windsong Concerts 1, 2, and 3

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Give the gift of Four Winds…

Share your passion for music with friends and family this Christmas. A gift of tickets to the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival will undoubtedly bring delight and joy.

‘Beethoven in the Bush’, our amazing triple bill concert, presented outdoors in the fabulous Sound Shell on Easter Sunday, is just $85 (Early bird price) and $70 (Concession) for a great afternoon of unforgettable music. Other Festival tickets range from $15 to $250.

Early bird tickets are available until Monday 31 December 2018.

Have a great summer holiday, and we look forward to seeing you, your family and friends at Easter.

Merry Christmas

Image credits: Raine Brown Photography, Ben Marden, Sapphie Coast Tourism

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Five Elements with Riley Lee and Enigma Quartet

Our Sunday Sound Shell program also features the all female Enigma Quartet who will be performing works from their project ‘Five Elements’ with Riley Lee – on Shakuhachi – a traditional Japanese Flute. Enigma say “Five Elements will take you on kaleidoscopic journey through the Australian landscape that traverses universal concepts linking humanity to our natural environment and spiritual core through music”.

 Enigma Quartet and Riley Lee

Watch a sneak preview of this stunning and mesmerizing collaboration

Discover this exceptional music and these beautiful musicians in the perfect setting of Nature’s Concert Hall. There is nowhere better to experience these sublime performances – tickets are available now at our Early Bird discounted rate until Monday 31 December 2018.

Image credits: Raine Brown Photography, Musica Viva

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Fabulous female ensembles at the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival

“Celebrations of life, places, love and unity…”

We’ve just celebrated our inaugural Youth Music Festival at Four Winds. A highlight was our Festival Commission ‘On the Track’ by Lisa Young who is not only a wonderful composer, but also a stunning vocalist and founder of the all-female, 5 part vocal group ‘Coco’s Lunch’ – who will be performing on Easter Sunday in the Four Winds Sound Shell.

Coco’s lunch exudes energy and joy in their unaccompanied vocal performances. Audiences are transported by the blend of these exceptional voices as they explore sumptuous harmonies, rhythms and musical influences from around the world, but particularly from India and Africa. All their beautifully crafted performances are infused with the spirit of Jazz. They have toured all over the world, are multi award winners and will be performing at the 2019 Easter Festival in partnership with Musica Viva.

 Coco's lunch

See/hear Coco’s Lunch perform their latest single ‘Other Plans’

Coco’s Lunch is living proof that the world’s first instrument – the human voice – is still the finest and most versatile…As singers they prove that the voice has no bounds…’
The Hindu, India

‘Tight and soulful…sheer joy… There are no down moments – just celebrations of life, places, love and unity… A national treasure indeed…’ The Clothesline, Adelaide (4.5 stars)
‘Inordinately, preposterously, almost slanderously talented.’

Phillip Adams, ABC Radio National, Australia

Image credits: Raine Brown Photography, Musica Viva

2019 Easter Festival

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Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival | Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 April 2019 | Nature’s Concert Hall

Acclaimed Viennese Conductor and Pianist, Stefan Vladar, is coming to Australia to perform. His only Australian performances will be at the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival.

We are delighted that Stefan Vladar, who is one of the world’s leading interpreters of classical repertoire (music written in Europe between 1750 and 1820), has agreed to join us for the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival.

His first performance on Easter Friday evening will be a solo recital of music by the great classical composers, Schubert, Haydn and Beethoven in the wonderful acoustics of the Windsong Pavilion.

 Stefan Vladar - Photo by Gregor Titze

On Easter Saturday, Stefan will collaborate with the Australian String Quartet to play music by Brahms in the Sound Shell. That will be your only chance to hear Stefan performing chamber music in the Sound Shell.

The pièce de résistance however, is the festival finale on Sunday afternoon also in the Sound Shell. Stefan will perform two major orchestral works by Beethoven: The dramatic Coriolan Overture and the glorious Third Piano Concerto, with the added bonus that he will be conducting the Four Winds Festival Orchestra from the piano. This performance alone offers you the chance to discover something amazing; a fabulous pianist playing stunning and engaging music with some of the greatest established and emerging Australian musicians who together will form the Festival Orchestra. Beethoven in the Bush – where-else could you experience such a phenomenon other than at Four Winds?

Artistic Director James Crabb is delighted that Stefan accepted his invitation to perform at the Festival. James reflects that ‘All the works Stefan will perform are key compositions by these composers – the pinnacle of their brilliance. To hear them interpreted by Stefan is simply something not to be missed’.

Since 2008, Stefan has been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. It speaks volumes that in the 2015/16 season, the Vienna Concert House celebrated Stefan’s 50th birthday with a series of 13 concerts where he displayed his diverse artistic scope as a soloist, conductor, accompanist and chamber musician. In 2019 he will also be conducting and performing throughout Europe and Asia.

Whilst Stefan will be performing some core classical repertoire at the Festival, James Crabb has also conjured up some magic with amazing collaborations between artists from different cultures and traditions: Riley Lee on Shakuhachi with Enigma String Quartet, Compass Saxophone Quartet with Bobby Sing (Tabla) Indian vocalist and sitar master Sarangan Sriranganathan, vocal ensemble Coco’s Lunch – the list goes on. If you want to discover alchemy this Easter, you will find it at Four Winds.

Information about our program and all the artists performing can be found on our website.
Book your tickets now and join us for unmissable performances; the early bird period with discounts for the 2019 Easter Festival is still available – until 31 December 2018.

Image credits: Raine Brown Photography, Gregor Titze

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Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival | Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 April 2019 | Nature’s Concert Hall

Build your own Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival Experience…

We invite you to join us on a journey to discover different musical cultures and traditions as well as great classical works. You can participate or just sit back and experience inspiring music, performed by amazing artists in exceptional surroundings.

Just one example – a not to be missed, and unique performance, when internationally acclaimed Viennese pianist and conductor Stefan Vladar performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 with our Festival Orchestra in the Sound Shell on Easter Sunday.

We are also welcoming: international guests Dame Emma Kirkby (soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (lute); celebrated Australian Composer and pianist Elena Kats-Chernin; Bobby Singh (tabla) and Sarangan Sriranganathan (sitar/vocalist); the Australian String Quartet; Riley Lee (shakuhachi); Compass Saxophone Quartet; Coco’s Lunch and Enigma Quartet. The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) will be joining us, as will our friends Arcadia Winds who are alumni of ANAM.

During the Early Bird offer you are able to build your own Four Winds 2019 Easter
Festival experience by purchasing tickets for each specific event you would like to attend. A 15% discount applies to the Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday programs as well as Windsong Concerts during the Early Bird period, which extends to Monday 31 December 2018.

You can explore the more detailed Festival Program Booklet and read about the Festival Artists here: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE DETAILED FESTIVAL PROGRAM BOOKLET PDF

Image credits: Raine Brown Photography, Marco Borggreve, Howard Williams, Jacqui Way, Chris Sheedy, David Francis

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Dear All,

I’m delighted to announce you with an opportunity to purchase Early Bird tickets for the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival. I’d urge you to book quickly before some of our wonderful concerts sell out.

To go straight to the booking page CLICK HERE or read on to learn more about the Festival and the Early Bird ticket offer which offers a 15% discount on Saturday and Sunday’s Sound Shell and the Windsong Concerts.

I’ve created a Festival which will take you on a journey to discover different musical cultures and traditions as well as great classical works. There are opportunities for you to take part, to observe or just sit back and discover inspiring music, performed by amazing artists in exceptional surroundings.

The Festival will give you the chance to discover more about our guest artists and to hear them collaborating in performances which are totally unique to Four Winds. For instance, our international guest pianist and conductor Stefan Vladar will be performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 on Easter Sunday with our Festival Orchestra – an absolutely not to miss experience, particularly in the beautiful surroundings of the Sound Shell.

We are also welcoming: international guests Dame Emma Kirkby (soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (lute); celebrated Australian Composer and pianist Elena Kats-Chernin; the Australian String Quartet; Riley Lee (shakuhachi); Compass Saxophone Quartet; Coco’s Lunch and Enigma Quartet. We are delighted that musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) will be joining us, as will our friends Arcadia Winds who are alumni of ANAM. Bobby Singh (tabla) and Sarangan Sriranganathan (sitar) will bring the sound of India to the Festival.

During the Early Bird offer you are able to build your own Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival experience by purchasing tickets for each specific event you would like to attend. A 15% discount applies to the Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday programs as well as Windsong Concerts during the Early Bird period which extends to Monday 31 December 2018

How to book your Early Bird Tickets

On-line

Click on the link below which will take you to the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival page on the Four Winds website, then click on the “BOOK HERE” button.
Simply select the number of tickets you require for each event. Remember to select the concession option for the Sound Shell events if this applies to you.

Don’t forget to book your car parking pass for the days you are attending the Sound Shell events OR remember to reserve your place on our free shuttle bus which runs to the Festival site from Bermagui.

When you come to the ‘pay now’ screen, all relevant discounts will automatically be applied during the Early Bird offer. Simply choose your method of payment and book your tickets, which will be emailed to you.

In person

If you’d like to book over the phone please call us on 02 6493 3414 or if you’d prefer to book in person, please visits us at the Four Winds Office:
Bermagui Community Centre, Bunga Street Bermagui. The Office is open Tuesday to Thursday between 9.30am and 12.00pm.

We look forward to bringing you more information and stories over the coming months about the 2019 Easter Festival Program and the incredible line up of festival artists who will be joining us here on the beautiful Far South Coast.

I look forward to welcoming you.

Very best wishes,

2019 Easter Festival

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Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival | Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 April 2019 | Nature’s Concert Hall

Dear All,

I am delighted that tickets for the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival are now available.

I promised you that the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival would be as exciting as ever, and that we would bring you a program of wonderful music performed by exceptional artists.

We have a stunning line-up planned, including international guests Stefan Vladar (piano), Dame Emma Kirkby (soprano) and Jakob Lindberg (lute). Stefan will be performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 on Easter Sunday – an absolutely not to miss experience, particularly in the beautiful surroundings of the Sound Shell.

We will welcome: celebrated Australian Composer and pianist Elena Kats-Chernin to perform and introduce her own vibrant music; the Australian String Quartet; Riley Lee (shakahachi), who is a great friend of Four Winds; as well as some new faces to the Festival – Compass Saxophone Quartet, Coco’s Lunch and Enigma String Quartet.

Musically the Festival will take you on a journey to discover different musical cultures and traditions to great classical works. There are opportunities for you to take part, to observe or just to sit back and discover amazing music, performed by great artists in exceptional surroundings.

We have two opportunities for you to book your tickets before they go on general sale:

1. The Festival All In One Pass – available from today, Tuesday 2 October 2018.

2. The Early Bird Offer – available from Tuesday 9 October to Monday 31 December 2018.

The Festival All In One Pass will give you access to the entire Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival program including: Sound Shell Saturday, Sound Shell Gala Sunday, all Windsong Pavilion Concerts, House Concerts and After Dark events. It will also allow you to observe Masterclasses, take part in workshops, and even join our early morning Yoga Session with live music – if that’s your thing! This is a fabulously convenient way of booking tickets for everything at the Festival, all in one go.

If you don’t want to attend absolutely everything at the Festival, you might be better waiting for Early Bird tickets to go on sale next week. The Early Bird option allows you to build your own Festival experience and you will benefit from the 15% discount that applies to the Sound Shell events and Windsong Concerts.

The Festival All in One Pass is available from today and costs $975.

This is the most convenient way to ensure you can attend all events at the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival. There are only 35 passes available so don’t delay. The Festival All In One pass has been created to ensure that those people who want to attend everything can book before events sell out, thus avoiding disappointment.

As a Festival All In One Pass holder you will receive:

  • A ticket to the entire program of events at the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival.
  • A special invitation to the VIP Reception to meet festival artists at the close of the Sound Shell Gala event on Sunday 21 April.
  • A special Festival All In One Pass lanyard.
  • Complimentary car parking at the Four Winds site.
  • Complimentary Festival Program Booklet.

Who should buy the Festival All In One Pass?
Anyone who wants to make sure they can attend all the 2019 Easter Festival events and wants the convenience of booking all their tickets with one click!

The Festival All In One Pass
The Festival All In One Pass is a non-discounted ticket package. If you’d like to benefit from discounts, please wait for the Early Bird tickets to be released. As with all Festival Tickets the All in One Pass is non-refundable. The Festival All In One Pass must be purchased in its entirety. If you’d rather attend individual elements of the Festival, please wait for the Early Bird general tickets to be released, to build your own Festival experience.

How long will the Festival All In One Pass be available for?
The Festival All In One Pass will end once the first 2019 Easter Festival event is sold out and we can no longer guarantee access to all events. There are 35 passes available, as this is the maximum capacity of the House Concerts.

House Concerts
The Festival All In One Pass holders will be allocated the morning performances of both House Concerts to ensure it is possible for you to attend all other events.

I look forward to seeing you again at the 2019 Easter Festival and discovering incredible artists and great music with you. We look forward to bringing you more information and stories over the coming months about the 2019 Easter Festival Program and the line-up of festival artists for you to discover here on the beautiful Far South Coast.

Very best wishes,

Andrew Sayers’ paintings online auction

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Cuttagee

Barragga Point 2014

Montague Island & Mystery Bay

Wind in the trees, Cuttagee

Over its 27-year history, Four Winds has established a proud record of commissioning new works and this year alone five new works were premiered at the 2018 Easter Festival.

Three of these works took their inspiration from the Far South Coast. This is something that Andrew Sayers, a passionate supporter of new music and Four Winds, who also took inspiration from the region for his artworks, would have applauded.

Andrew generously donated four of his beautiful landscape paintings of the region to Four Winds. The works are being auctioned online only and, in keeping with Andrew’s wishes, the proceeds from their sale will be used to commission and perform new Australian music.

Please help us to realise Andrew’s dream and, in the process, acquire one of his beautiful paintings of the Far South Coast of NSW. The auction ends on 22 April 2018.

For your chance to acquire one of these paintings please click on the link below, register and place your bid. Registration is free and only requires you to enter your email address – it’s as simple as that. Click here to enter the online auction website

Andrew Sayers AM

Andrew is perhaps better known as the inaugural Director of the National Portrait Gallery and Director of the National Museum of Australia, Canberra; however, from 2013 onwards, he focused on his career as an artist. Andrew showed his work for the first time publically, “off Broadway” as he explained, at Mister Jones in the heart of Bermagui. He was a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 2014 and his first major solo exhibition, Nature Through the Glass of Time, was shown at Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne.

Throughout his academic and professional life, Andrew explored his passion for painting. After leaving the Museum world he travelled to explore the landscape as a source of inspiration. He worked en plein air and found the medium of gouache perfect to reflect his acute observations of nature.

Andrew had a longstanding passion for the wild and natural places of Australia. He avidly journeyed along the coastal tracks from Mallacoota to Merimbula and beyond and found the south coast near Bermagui a source of inspiring and ever-changing scenery.

Andrew Sayers died in October 2015 but his achievements as curator, writer, director and artist remain.

Thank you for a wonderful five days of music making…

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It’s been fantastic to share the last week with such appreciative audiences and generous artists over what has been the course of the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival.

Hearing diverse music in the Sound Shell at Four Winds Natures Concert Hall surrounded my many hundreds of enthusiastic music lovers was contrasted with the experience of a series of Windsong Pavilion concerts, pop-up performances about town and intimate house concerts in beautiful private homes.

The Windsong Pavilion provided the perfect setting for sublime chamber music concerts, and was transformed for Side Show Alley which saw the space transformed into a by-gone day ‘music hall meets circus’ space.

We are so pleased to have had the opportunity to share the weekend with the audience and salute the incredible work of all the artists who played incredibly over the course of a busy Festival. A special note of thanks also to all our volunteers who made sure the audience and artists had an incredible time.

If you attended any part of the Festival, We’d love to hear what you think and would be very grateful if you would complete our Audience Survey. It will take just 10 minutes and will help us plan future events….

Click here to complete the audience feedback survey

If you missed the Festival this year, don’t forget we are now annual, so please put Easter 2019 in the diary!

Our next event is on Sunday and presents Sydney Youth Orchestra playing works by Copland and Haydn… another chance to get a fix of fantastic music making in the Sound Shell.

With very best wishes

The Four Winds Team

Click hereto view the 2018 Easter Festival gallery of images


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.

The Festival has begun

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Dear All,

If you are in the Barragga Bay area you will be hearing beautiful music floating through the bushland with over 60 fabulous artists rehearsing together ready to delight audiences over the Easter Weekend.

If you are in Bermagui tomorrow, Easter Friday – there are free pop-up performances around town – listen out for sounds of brass and percussion instruments and if you are passing Strangers in Paradise you’ll hear Ian Munro performing on their resident grand piano (pop-up times are below). On Friday evening there is a large free community performance on Dickinson Oval. That performance is a fundraiser for those affected by the Tathra Bush Fire so we hope everyone will be out in force to enjoy the music and support the community on the Far South Coast.

Bermagui Primary School has been buzzing all week with young people rehearsing Indigenous songs ready for the Welcome to Country on Saturday morning. They have been working with members of Jessie Lloyd’s Mission Songs Project who are also performing on Friday at the free concert for the community.

An exciting addition in the run-up to the Festival is that, we today hosted over 200 primary school children from the region to the Festival site to see a dress rehearsal and, in small groups, to meet Festival artists who introduced their instruments to and played music with the children.

Saturday and Sunday at the Four Winds site is presenting an amazing array of music inspired by many musical traditions and cultures. Middle Eastern sounds will meet Spanish songs; new music inspired by nature will be complemented by works from favourite classical composers. It’s a truly international musical journey. The program also includes music-theatre performances in the Windsong Pavilion which promise to evoke the olden days of side-show alley…prepare to be amazed! This is one of the largest festivals Four Winds has staged and we look forward to seeing you at one of the many performances.

Happy Easter!

Very best wishes
James Crabb
Artistic Director

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.

Easter Festival 1 week to go

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Dear All,

It has been an extraordinary few days on the Far South Coast with devastating bush fires in Tathra. We are thinking of all our friends and neighbours affected by this life changing event. There is no doubt in my mind that music plays a huge role at moments like these.

People often turn to music to console, lift their spirits and as a means of expressing a shared experience. I hope that on the Easter Weekend – particularly for the free community concert on Good Friday – the locals will come together to enjoy the company and togetherness that music brings. The community itself will be represented by Bega’s own Heartsong Choir who will be performing during this event.

We have many visitors coming to the region for the Festival. As of next week, the artists will be arriving and will spend the week rehearsing at the Four Winds site in Barragga Bay.

We will be welcoming local school children to the site on Thursday to meet musicians and experience dress rehearsals particularly for the Welcome to Country which features the Djaadjawan Dancers.

On Good Friday, Festival musicians will appear in pop-up performances around Bermagui before the free concert on the Dickinson Oval in the evening from 7pm. I will be there, performing in a large Festival jam with other festival musicians. The feel good Brazilian popular folk music genre called Choro will bring a joyous and uplifting end to the evening.

I’m looking forward to welcoming all our musicians, visitors and friends to Four Winds next week and to sharing this wonderful music Festival with you.

Next week’s enews will have more practical information for everyone coming to the Festival – but if you haven’t yet purchased your ticket there is still the opportunity to do so at www.fourwinds.com.au/easterfestival

Very best wishes

James Crabb
Artistic Director

Easter Festival 12 days to go

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By now we hope you are familiar with our Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival hero image, taken by photographer Ben Marden which features double bass player Rohan Dasika.

Here he is again – perhaps more recognisable from this photograph…

Rohan came to play the double bass via piano, tuba and trombone. Seeing a double bass in the school orchestra convinced him to change instruments because it would allow him to indulge his passion for the bass notes.

“I went to watch the school orchestra play, saw the double bass players sitting up the back looking like they were having a great time and wanted to do what they were doing!”

You may recognise Rohan because he is a great friend of Four Winds. We first experienced his artistry on the double bass when he performed in the 2014 Easter Festival. Rohan studied at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and will be joining a new generation of musicians from ANAM who are coming to Four Winds for the first time, and who are forming the Festival String Ensemble. Four Winds is incredibly proud to be supporting the development of Australian musician’s careers by providing them with performance opportunities alongside hugely experienced and established artists in a ‘real-world’ setting.

Rohan’s career is going from strength to strength. Recently, he was appointed to Frankfurt’s ‘Opern-und-Museumsorchester’ (Opera House and Museum Orchestra) and we are delighted that he accepted the invitation to come from Germany and play for us this Easter.

Rohan features in a range of performances at the Festival – you will certainly see him on the Sound Shell stage underpinning many ensemble works. For an altogether alternative perspective on the double bass, catch him playing in solo in Sideshow Alley – there are still tickets available for the 9pm performance.

In 2015 Rohan was interviewed and asked what he had sacrificed for his art. His reply was…

“I’m sure that choosing to hang out with a large wooden box rather than humans for large chunks of time must have done something to my head!”

Meet Rohan and hear him perform at the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival along with all our Festival artists who will be at Nature’s Concert Hall throughout the whole weekend.

How are you getting to the Festival Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday?

There are two options for getting to the Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday events:

1. Catch a free bus from the Bermagui Country Club. Bookings essential.
2. Drive. Parking is available on-site for $10 per car. Bookings essential.

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.

Visiting Eucalyptus

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Visiting Eucalyptus
Monday 12 March – Friday 6 April
Monday – Friday, 9am – 1pm
Shop 3/24-26 Lamont St, Bermagui

Visiting Eucalyptus – Helping us connect with our own time and place is an original composition and art installation by multi-media artist Damian Barbeler which will feature at the 2018 Festival.

Inspired by Murray Bail’s award-winning novel ‘Eucalyptus’, Damian and his collaborator/designer Tim Jetis have travelled around NSW – including the Far South Coast – collecting images and taking inspiration from the beauty and variety of many hundreds of eucalypts he has visited. A photographic exhibition of some of his stunning images – accompanied by a soundscape – will be installed in Shop 3/24-26 Lamont Street to coincide with Sculpture Bermagui – from Monday 12 March right through until the end of the Festival.

Damian’s music, inspired by this journey of discovery will be premiered at the Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival on Sunday 1 April. He describes the process of collecting images as an important part of writing the music, and reflects that it has helped him better understand the reality of the Bush as opposed to his imagining of it. The incredible and varied colour palette of the eucalypts has been a massive element in creating the music for this 2018 Festival world premiere. Experiencing Damian’s work outside, surrounded by some of the species of eucalypts which have inspired the work will be a truly memorable experience.

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: Photo by Sandid pixabay (Eucalyptus leaves green foliage australian tree)

Easter Festival three weeks to go

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The Original 2018 Easter Festival

The word original can be applied to ‘authentic’ as well as ‘new’. Four Winds Sunday program has both.

We are excited that The Song Company – arguably Australia’s finest vocal ensemble – will be starting Sunday with an authentic performance of music from the time of Elizabeth I’s Court. The songs they will perform were first written down in the late 16th Century between Oxford and London and sung from part-books placed around a table – whether that be in a country house or a tavern. The music is united by an invisible pulse – the “tactus”, a Latin word meaning something touched or felt. Whether singing or listening, the experience is one of an unfolding narrative – through a gorgeous landscape of harmony – enabling us to connect with the innermost feelings hidden in this music from over 400 years ago.

Here is an example….

“O lord let thy servant Elizabeth”

How are you getting to the Festival Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday?

There are two options for getting to the Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday events:

1. Catch a free bus from the Bermagui Country Club. Bookings essential.
2. Drive. Parking is available on-site for $10 per car. Bookings essential.

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.

Easter Festival four weeks to go

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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

Easter Festival five weeks to go

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Jack is back!

Jack Liebeck (violin) is currently busy giving concerts in Europe and fulfilling his role as a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. But he took some time out to send this message about returning to Four Winds…


“I was really excited when James Crabb asked me to come back for the 2018 Four Winds Easter Festival.

It was so enjoyable being there for the last Festival, especially playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in the glorious Sound Shell and collaborating with great musicians such as the Navarra String Quartet who were also visiting from the UK.

I think a highlight for me is going to be performing in the Sound Shell again on Easter Saturday afternoon.

I am particularly looking forward to playing a sublime work called Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror in Mirror) by Arvo Part – an arrangement for Violin and Piano. It’s a beautiful atmospheric, still piece and many people use this music for meditation. It’s going to be so great in the natural setting of the Four Winds Amphitheatre – you will be transported! For that performance I’m collaborating with Australian pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska and I’m really looking forward to playing with her.

I have to run, but I’m really looking forward to seeing you all at the Four Winds 2018 Festival this Easter – to being part of some sublime performances, working with fabulous artists, and meeting people out and about in the beautiful town of Bermagui.

Until then…cheerio”

Jack Liebeck, February 2018

Jack is one of the main artists in the Festival and will feature throughout the Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday programs.

The Sound Shell program will treat you to a specially commissioned Welcome to Country contrasted with brilliant and vibrant European Brass music from the 1500’s.

Mid-morning you will experience music by Vivaldi (of ‘Four Seasons’ fame) as well as a beautiful suite of string music performed by musicians of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). This work, written by a 19th Century Italian composer Respighi, was inspired by the Ancient Airs and Dances which gave the work its name. Here is a recording made by Sir Neville Marriner with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra – it will give you a delicious taste of this beautiful music:

We are delighted to be presenting Jessie Lloyd’s Mission Songs Project in partnership with Musica Viva. Mission Songs Project performance is inspired by Indigenous singing and song traditions. The vocal quartet is made up of some of Australia’s finest Indigenous vocalists, presenting rare styles and narratives found in Indigenous communities, such as family gatherings, social events and yarns over a cuppa. Story-telling is a major component of the performance blending historical context and moving personal experiences into the tunes sung from the mission days, making the show warm, humorous and heartfelt.

An epic and highly theatrical work called Ayre by Golijov will then be presented on Easter Saturday afternoon. Emma Pearson, our wonderful guest Soprano, features throughout this work and sings in a huge range of different languages from the Middle East, North Africa and Central Europe. It’s a large, colourful work and the music is inspired by the traditions and instruments of all those regions.

So Saturday in the Sound Shell is not only a day of great music, but a geographical tour of different musical styles and traditions – and you don’t have to leave Nature’s Concert Hall to experience it all!

The Sunday Sound Shell program opens with arguably one of Australia’s finest choirs – The Song Company. We start the day gently with The Song Company performing vocal music of William Byrd, a composer in the Court of Elizabeth I. This is followed by the music of J S Bach, a visit to 15th century Spain and then to present day Latvia to hear cellist Julian Smiles perform the Vasks Cello Concerto, entitled ‘Presence’. This is another atmospheric work informed by some of the ecological challenges we face in the 21st Century.

On Sunday afternoon a performance of Haydn’s Chamber Symphony 104 will bring together many of the Festival Artists in a collaboration – a unique experience at Four Winds.

Throughout the Festival there are activities for young people in our Kids’ Tent and Youth Program – great food and drink, and of course great company.

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