Four Winds Easter Festival
Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival
Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 April 2019
At the heart of the Four Winds Festival are two full days of music presented on the venue’s main stage, its iconic 2,000-person capacity Sound Shell amphitheatre. Unique within Australia, this state-of-the art facility, conceived by architect Philip Cox, is surrounded by nature, amidst 30 acres of carefully maintained natural bushland.
Over the Festival’s four days, a series of more intimate concerts will also take place at Four Winds’ Windsong Pavilion, a stunning purpose-built 200-seat indoor performance space, designed by architect Clinton Murray, which has been described as having one of the finest acoustics in Australia.
Free community performances, music installations to be discovered around the Four Winds site, and a special program for aspiring young musicians, all ensure a diverse range of opportunities for the entire community to engage with the Festival’s artists and their music.
Youth Concert 1 | Friday 19 April | 10.30-11.30am | Bermagui Community Centre
Featuring: Elena Kats-Chernin (composer), Christina Leonard (composer/saxophone), James Crabb (classical accordion), Alex Henery (double bass), Emma Gilmartin (presenter/singer)
Mulga Bill’s Bicycle is a new work composed by Elena Kats-Chernin and Christina Leonard during a Four Winds Artists’ Residency in January 2019. It is a vibrant, madcap musical reinterpretation of the children’s picture book, based on A. B. Patterson’s classic Australian poem, and its whimsical illustrations by Deborah and Kilmeny Niland. Take a ride with Mulga Bill for some crazy, fun and kookie tunes as well as lots of audience interaction! This concert is aimed at primary aged children and anyone connected with their inner child!
Free Community Concert | Friday 19 April | 5–6.30pm | Dickinson Oval Bermagui
Featuring: Sam Thomas (director), Eliza Hull (MC/composer/performer), Lee Pemberton (choreographer); Iris White (Welcome To Country), Lisa Young (composer/conductor), Coco’s Lunch (vocal), Gulaga Dancers, Bega Valley Youth Choir, Friday Choir, Geoffrey Badger (guitar), Jason Henery (double bass), Mark Robinson (percussion), Ruby Newell (percussion), and James Crabb (classical accordion)
Taking its inspiration from Lady Jane – a disused Bermagui Fishing Boat – this especially commissioned performance on Dickinson Oval celebrates historical musings and events relating to Bermagui’s fishing and coastal heritage from a range of different perspectives. Hear stories from members of the community told alongside original dance, songs and music performed by Festival musicians. There is no doubt that this is a collaborative, community event with people from the area contributing as dancers, performers, artists and participants. This opening performance is generously supported by Regional Arts NSW.
Discover Music in Nature | Saturday 20 April | 10.30am-4pm | Sound Shell
Featuring: Compass Quartet (saxophones), Enigma Quartet (strings), Arcadia Winds, Australian String Quartet, James Crabb (classical accordion), Elena Kats-Chernin (Composer/piano), Riley Lee (shakuhachi), Bobby Singh (tabla), Sarangan (sitar), Stefan Vladar (piano) and Festival Orchestra.
This day of music in the Sound Shell will begin with a Welcome to Country and present a rich tapestry of music performed by festival artists. You will experience festival artists in a range of new collaborations.
We are delighted to welcome the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) to the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival. Saturday is your only opportunity to hear them in the Sound Shell. ASQ will be performing with our international guest pianist, Stefan Vladar, in a concert, which also features Four Winds great friends Arcadia Winds.
The Saturday Sound Shell program also introduces our special guest composer, Elena Kats-Chernin.
Beethoven in the Bush | Sunday 21 April | 1–4pm | Sound Shell
Featuring: Festival artists
Featuring: Coco’s Lunch, Enigma Quartet, Riley Lee (shakuhachi), Stefan Vladar (piano) and Festival Orchestra.
Discover where Beethoven meets the Australian Bush! This Gala Concert showcases artists from different traditions in a performance the scale of which has never been seen at Four Winds.
Beginning with a journey through the elements with Enigma Quartet and Riley Lee, the performance takes us into the extraordinary vocal world of Coco’s Lunch before culminating in the performance of two great masterpieces by Beethoven. Beethoven ‘Coriolan Overture’ and Piano Concerto No.3 performed by Stefan Vladar and the Festival Orchestra will bring this gala concert and the four days of the Four Winds 2019 Easter Festival to an extraordinary climax.
Four Winds Lute School with Jakob Lindberg
Four Winds Lute School with Jakob Lindberg | Monday 22 April to Wednesday 24 April | Windsong Pavilion
Welcome Dinner with Jakob Lindberg Monday 22 April 2019
A unique Early Music gathering for players and lovers of the lute
“For the first time ever in Australia we have this wonderful opportunity to gain insight into the lute’s rich repertoire and technique with Master lutenist and teacher, Jakob Lindberg.”
Rosemary Hodgson – curator
A workshop for lute teachers, young professionals and lute enthusiasts alike. Explore historic interpretation and performance practise on the lute and early plucked string instruments with the world’s preeminent lutenist Jakob Lindberg. Over two and a half intensive days you will have a chance to participate in one-on-one Masterclasses, an Introduction to Accompanying on the Lute, Lute song session, a presentation of a research paper and ensemble playing. Both Performer and Observer enrolments welcome.
Masterclass Participant – $385
Workshop Participant – $335
One Day Pass Participant – $150
Session Observer – $20
Please note: Masterclass Participant places are strictly limited. ENROLMENTS CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY 20 MARCH FOR MASTERCLASS PARTICIPANT PLACES ONLY.
Singing workshop with Musica Viva
Let’s sing! Singing and playing in the primary classroom| Tuesday 21 May 2019 | 4.30–6.30pm (arrive 4.15) | Windsong Pavilion
Why sing? Apart from being great fun, it connects us to others, and the voice is the most accessible and fundamental of all instruments! Join us for a fun and interactive session of singing and music-making for the primary classroom. We will be exploring different songs and repertoire, warm-ups and teaching techniques, and strategies for creating class arrangements of songs with percussion accompaniments, all the while scaffolding activities from simple to more complex. Come and share in the joy of singing and take music teaching tools back to use in your classroom.
This workshop will be facilitated by Jemma Tabet, Professional Development Manager, Musica Viva in Schools. Four Winds and Musica Viva present this Teacher, Musician and Educators Professional Development Singing Workshop.