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

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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

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
taiko at sunrise
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.

It’s our twenty-fifth birthday!

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Easter 2016 is the 18th Four Winds Festival and marks our twenty-fifth birthday!

Join us for a celebration like no other

Since 1991, Four Winds Festival has presented musicians, composers and conductors from across the nation and the world to audiences from the region and, increasingly, from far afield. Over three hundred musicians, composers, conductors and theater directors and more than fifty ensembles and choirs have performed at the festivals and many have worked with emerging artists and school children in our region. We’ve also had the commitment of twelve dedicated music commissioners, who have supported the creation and presentation of twenty-five new works and premieres.

It’s you – our audience, artists, composers and community – who inspire us to continue contributing to the increasing interest and delight in Australian music.

Celebrate with us over Easter Saturday and Sunday in the exquisite Four Winds Sound Shell outdoor amphitheater. 

Two-Day Sound Shell tickets are still available at fourwinds.com.au/whats-on/festival. These can be purchased by calling (02) 6493 3414 or you can drop in to the Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre which is open Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm. You can also investigate the week’s program of events, read artists’ biographies, find out about arrangements for child-minding over the weekend, discover what youth workshops are scheduled and book your ticket packages via our website.

Blowing in the Winds

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Four Winds is living up to its name this year. Artistic Director, Paul Dean, renowned Australian clarinettist, has invited many heavy hitters from Australia’s woodwind community to appear at this years Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival.

Sculthorpe Wind Quintet

Following the Welcome to Country, the first piece to be performed on the Sound Shell stage on Easter Saturday will be Dvořák’s Wind Serenade played by nine of Australia’s finest woodwind players and will be an uplifting and joyful start to the Festival Easter weekend program: Artists featured will be Shefali Pryor, oboe, David Reichelt, oboe, Paul Dean, clarinet, Lloyd Van’t Hoff, clarinet, Matthew Wilkie, bassoon, Jenna Schijf, bassoon, Ben Jacks, French horn, and Rachel Silver, French horn. Then throughout the weekend they will be joined by: Rachel Shaw, French horn, Kiran Phatak, flute, Matthew Kneale, bassoon, Emma Sholl, flute, and Lyndon Watts, bassoon.

However, we don’t want you to think that the Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival is just about the wind players! These wonderful musicians will be joined by over 45 other instrumentalists and singers who together will present a captivating program in the Sound Shell, Four Winds’ outdoor natural amphitheatre on Easter Saturday and Sunday. The setting, fabulous food from local suppliers, and a community of people from all across Australia will make your Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival unforgettable.

If you have not yet booked, please mark your calendars and secure your tickets for another stunning Four Winds Festival this Easter.

Investigate the program, read artists biographies, find out about the youth and children’s workshops and book your tickets online by going to http://fourwinds.com.au/whats-on/festival/call (02) 6493 3414 or drop in to the Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre.

 

An experience like no other

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Unique events, only at Four Winds – our top three for the Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival:

UK violin virtuoso Jack Liebeck’s only concerto performance in Australia this year – performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Sound Shell: Sunday 27th March 2016.

International collaborative performance in a stunning local private home: Jack Liebeck (Violin) and Zubin Kanga (Piano) form a unique trio with Nicholas Ng (Erhu – traditional Chinese instrument): Wednesday 23rd March 2016.

                                              

                               Nicholas Ng 

World premiere performance of Australian composer James Ledger’s new work – our Festival Commission premieres at the Sound Shell on Sunday 27th March 2016.

Can’t resist one more because it is going to be truly memorable….

Welcome to Country: This year’s musical Welcome to Country, Koora Koorai, will be a moving collaboration between David Leha, Radical Son, Warren Foster and the Gulaga Dancers. Warren has written an original song for this year’s festival and it will be an urgent message for connection between each other, with our hearts and with the planet. Sound Shell: Saturday 26th March 2016.

                                               Radical Son, Warren Foster Snr and the Guluga Dancers

You will not experience these performances anywhere else in 2016. Coupled with our exceptional Festival site and fabulous food from local suppliers your Festival experience will be unrivalled. So if you’ve not yet booked please join us for the Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival.

Accommodation in beautiful Bermagui and surrounds is still available.

The program is available and tickets for both days can be purchased by going to http://fourwinds.com.au/whats-on/festival/ or call (02) 6493 3414.

Message from Paul Dean, Artistic Director

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Dear Four Winds Friends
I wonder if, like me, you are now looking forward to Easter 2016 and
all that the next holiday season might bring. Well I have something better
than chocolate to share with you – and it is good for your health.
Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival is offering two full days of nourishing live
music performances and healthy food from local suppliers.  Feed your soul
and be inspired by the smooth and velvety music of Mendelssohn, Dvorak
and Gershwin mixed deliciously with the dark notes of Gruber’s Frankenstein.
You will experience the stunning outdoor surroundings of Nature’s Concert
Hall and enjoy a diet of musical virtuosity, where Australia’s best meet fine
international artists such as the Europe- based Navarra String Quartet, the
dynamic young British violinst, Jack Liebeck, award winning cellist, Li-Wei Qin,
and Australia’s own Sculthorpe Wind Quintet.
Bring your family and friends and share in a truly unique experience.
The only thing that you might want to add to complete your Easter experience
is some delicious Easter chocolate…!
I look forward to welcoming you.
Paul Dean
Artistic Director
Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival

Happy New Year

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With 80 artists, 21 events and 33 performances the Four Winds 2016 Easter Festival will bring six days of exquisite music to this beautiful part of the world. There is something for everyone and the festival experience is set to be a memorable one for music enthusiasts of all ages.

We’ve had quite a few enquiries about what food will be available throughout the Festival weekend at the Four Winds site. Whilst you are most welcome to bring your own picnic there will be a healthy collection of local food vendors on hand to ensure everyone can sample some of the best local produce including a ‘Brunch Buggy’ muesli breakfast stand, Wapengo Oysters, Honorbread baguettes, Japanese dumplings and delicacies, Cobargo Home-Made Ice Cream, Ragino Coffee, local wines from our wine sponsor, Rusty Fig, will feature at the bar and, of course, there will be tastings of Four Winds Marmalade.

For all details of the full program, ticket packages, child-minding, the youth workshop program and the free bus service that will service the Festival site and will run from Narooma to Merimbula go to www.fourwinds.com.au, call 02 6493 3414 or drop in and visit the office at the Bermagui Community Centre.

Photo ©Hugues Villemain – www.huguesvillemain.com