2019 Easter Festival

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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 Novak. 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

Book Here

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Performances and Events

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Four Winds ‘Folk’ Christmas

Saturday 15 December | 7.30 – 9pm | Windsong Pavilion

This Saturday evening….Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and Music

This festive concert will recall the times when people gathered together in domestic and community settings to sing and play Christmas music together. People gathering for this performance will enjoy the chance to sing carols accompanied by these fine musicians and singers, along with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie under the stars. Christmas Folk will be an intimate, immersive and beautiful way to celebrate the season.

Featuring:
Kate Burke (voice/fiddle/guitar)
James Crabb (classical accordion)
Luke Plumb (bouzouki/mandolin)
Oscar Neyland (double bass)
with
The Friday Choir

Tickets: $40, Youth 16yrs and under FREE

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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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Four Winds ‘Folk’ Christmas

Saturday 15 December | 7.30 – 9pm | Windsong Pavilion

A warm and eclectic Christmas folk experience, in the enchanting Windsong Pavilion, bringing together Scandinavian, Celtic, English, Georgian, French and Australian traditional Christmas music.

Communities around the world celebrate Christmas in a variety of ways: through festivity, contemplation, reflection, food, drink, singing, playing tunes, celebrating, remembering. This concert brings together material from Scandinavian, Celtic, English, Georgian, French and Australian traditions to present a warm and eclectic Christmas folk experience.

Bega Valley Shire singer and multi-instrumentalist Kate Burke has assembled a fine line-up of musicians for this especially created performance: Tasmanian Bouzouki and Mandolin player Luke Plumb will be joined by Victorian double bassist Oscar Neyland as well as Four Winds own Artistic Director James Crabb, a Scottish classical accordion player. The Bega Valley’s celebrated Friday Choir will lend their voices to sing strident Georgian ‘Alilos’, warm and wistful Irish carols, lively French songs and an English wassail. These will be intertwined with Swedish polskor, Irish and Scottish jigs and slides, and gently improvised instrumental music based on original seasonal themes.

This festive concert will recall the times when people gathered together in domestic and community settings to sing and play Christmas music together. People gathering for this performance will enjoy the chance to sing carols accompanied by these fine musicians and singers, along with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie under the stars. Christmas Folk will be an intimate, immersive and beautiful way to celebrate the season.

Featuring:
Kate Burke (voice/fiddle/guitar)
James Crabb (classical accordion)
Luke Plumb (bouzouki/mandolin)
Oscar Neyland (double bass)
with
The Friday Choir

Tickets: $40, Youth 16yrs and under free

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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

Youth Music Festival

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Countdown to Youth Music Festival!

There is a palpable sense of excitement building in schools along the Sapphire Coast as they enter the final stages of preparation for the inaugural Four Winds Youth Music Festival.

As we are writing this enews, 100 young people from Bermagui and Tathra are rehearsing on the Sound Shell Stage and helping the Four Winds team test the logistics of moving over 1000 children around the site ready for various huge performances!

Everyone is welcome to come and share in this Friday’s Schools Showcase Performance and this Sunday’s Festival Concert.

We have some important VIPS coming along this Friday to hear our young people perform: NSW Minister for the Arts, the Honourable Don Harwin MLC will be attending as will NSW Minister for Infrastructure and local member for Bega, Andrew Constance. Bega Valley Shire Councilor, Mayor Kristy McBain is also attending to show her support for the importance of music making among young people.

So what’s happening?

Schools Showcase Performance Concert
Friday 16 November, 12noon – 2pm
Four Winds Sound Shell
Entry by voluntary donation of $10 on the door, 16yrs and under free.

Friday is a celebration of young people’s music making.

Come and hear over 800 young people sing with Western Sydney Youth Orchestra and The Australian Voices. We’ve a festival commission written by Lisa Young called ‘From Bermi and Back’, and are featuring ‘Mother Mountain’ written by Deborah Cheetham and local Yuin children at Four Winds in 2017; it has been orchestrated especially for this performance.

Then….massed percussion! The sound of hundreds of children in rhythm…
School showcases continue throughout the concert with more singing and percussion before the Western Symphony Youth Orchestra bring the event to a rousing conclusion.

Youth Music Festival Concert

Sunday 18 November, 11am – 2pm
Four Winds Sound Shell and Windsong Pavilion
Tickets $30 (in advance or on the door), 16yrs and under free.

Sunday’s Youth Music Festival Concert is a showcase of exceptional talent. Young people from across the region are coming together to perform as soloists, in small groups formed for this Festival and as part of our guest orchestra and choir.

Our Artistic Director James Crabb has been personally coaching all the local young musicians to prepare them for their performances, which include everything from singer-songwriters to classical chamber music. James is even going to perform with some of the young musicians, so this is an amazing opportunity for everyone to enjoy new collaborations – and for us to see that in action!

So, come along on Sunday to hear exceptionally talented local young people performing in the Windsong Pavilion, before having a bite to eat from one of our vendors, after which you’ll make your way down to the Sound Shell to hear Western Sydney Youth Orchestra perform. You will also experience the world premiere of our Festival Commission ‘On the Track’ by Lisa Young performed in it’s entirely by The Australian Voices and Bega Valley Youth Choir.

There’s no doubt that you will know someone taking part in the Youth Festival – please come along and be amazed by their talent.

Friday Features:
Bermagui, Narooma, Tanja, Tathra, Tilba primary schools – pretty much the entire schools are taking part!

Along with…The Australian Voices and Western Sydney Youth Orchestra.

Sunday Features:
The following local musicians who will be performing in the Windsong Pavilion and in the Sound Shell. The music is a mix of styles, everything from original songs to Mozart, from A-ha to Haydn!
The Arco String Quintet: Jarrah Catlin (1st violin), Isabella Lightly (2nd violin), Miller Northam (2nd violin), Luca Ziino (viola), Nyah Cockle (cello).
Hunter Bailey-Watts (piano)
Bega Valley Youth Choir
Imogen Bichard (double bass)
Ana Browne (vocals)
Candelo Primary School
Mora Fiedler (piano/vocals)
Juliet Fitzmaurice (vocals and guitar)
Zosha Fitzmaurice (vocals)
Emma Hunt (violin)
Jasper Lay (guitar)
Ruby Newell (taiko)
Amelie Ziino (voice and violin)

The Youth Music Festival has been long in preparation! Our amazing artist-in-schools Geoffrey Badger and Greg Sheehan will conduct on the day to bring the results of their work in local schools to a fabulous climax. Deborah Cheetham and the Short Black Opera team have been rehearsing and teaching Mother Mountain so that everyone can join in with this song inspired by our place. James Crabb has been coaching young performers and will perform alongside them. Lisa Young and Gordon Hamilton have been composing and arranging music just for this event – and the Four Winds team have been bringing it all together!

Everyone will be there on the day to perform with and support our young people in this celebration of music making: Please come and Join us!

Image credits: Marg Hansen, Chris Sheedy, Kristina Kingston, Craig Wall, The Australian Voices, Geoffrey Badger, Lara Crew

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Geoffrey Badger and Greg Sheehan teach children at Bermagui Public School singing in preparation for the Youth Music Festival’s Friday showcase




Four Winds Youth Music Festival | 16 – 18 November | Sound Shell

Friday 16 November is a celebration and showcase of the music-making which has been happening in five local schools – Bermagui, Narooma, Tilba, Tanja and Tathra – all as a result of your donations.
Tickets $10 Children 16yrs and under and Access Pass holders free | 12noon – 2pm

Sunday 18 November we are presenting the Youth Music Festival Concert.
Tickets $30 Children 16yrs and under and Access Pass holders free | 11am – 2.30pm