Easter Festival five weeks to go

By February 21, 2018Easter Festival, News

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