Four Winds Easter Festival Program | Wednesday 28th March to Easter Sunday 1st April 2018

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Please scroll down to read all about the program for the Festival. You can explore the Festival Artists by clicking on the link to the Artist page. Information about how to book your Festival experience is shown at the foot of the program listings. #FWEasterFestival

What's On | festival sound shell days

Festival Sound Shell Day 1

Saturday 31 March | 10am- 4pm | Sound Shell

Surround yourself with a day of exceptional music and fabulous musicians. Saturday’s program will take you on a journey from Indigenous music to the voice of the Missions, from the western classical tradition of Vivaldi to the ancient musics of the middle east. The high point of the day will be a performance of ‘Ayre’ by South American composer Golijov. Introduced by Guy Noble, this wonderful work is constructed in episodes and features instruments from musical traditions which are rarely seen on the concert hall platform. The sound world ranges from simple beauty to dark, energised sections. The whole work is united by a stunning vocal part for solo soprano (Emma Pearson) which is rooted in ancient vocal traditions. It will bring together many of our Festival Artists in a thrilling collaboration.

Saturday, major works to be performed:
Vivaldi | Guitar Concerto in D major
Respighi | Ancient Airs and Dances
Pärt | Spiegel im Spiegel
Piazzolla | Aconcagua
Golijov | Ayre

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Festival Sound Shell Day 2

Sunday 1 April | 9:30am–3pm | Sound Shell

Another ravishing day of music and beauty. Start the day gently with sublime early vocal music performed by Australia’s only full-time professional choir, The Song Company. As Sunday unfolds, the majestic sounds of brass will lead us into the classical sound world of Haydn. A new work by Damian Barbeler, inspired by Murray Bail’s award winning book ‘Eucalyptus’ will be premiered – a wonderful example of music and nature coming together at the Four Winds Festival. The music of Arvo Pärt will also bring an expansive, yet calm order to our Sunday festival experience. Expect an energised close to the day with a work inspired by Picasso’s master work, ‘The Three Dancers’ which will bring our festival artists together for their final collaborative performance.

Sunday, major works to be performed:
Vocal music by William Byrd
Brass music by Rameau
Barbeler | Eucalyptus (world premiere, Festival commission)
Haydn | Chamber Symphony 104 in D major
Pärt | Fratres
Kats-Chernin | The Three Dancers

Please see Artists for the list of artists performing for you on Easter Saturday and Sunday.

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What's On | single ticketed events

House Concert 1

Wednesday 28 March | 2pm | Wapengo Home

This performance is our first opportunity to experience the wonderful Goldner String Quartet performing in a stunning home which has uninterrupted views toward Mumbulla Mountain. For this performance you will also be surrounded by stunning contemporary Australian works of art. Ticket includes hospitality.
Goldner String Quartet and guests.

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House Concert 2

Thursday 29 March | 2pm | Barragga Bay Home

An intimate vocal and piano recital in an exceptional architect designed local home. Ticket includes hospitality.
Emma Pearson (soprano), Ian Munro (piano)

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Windsong Concert 1

Thursday 29 March | 7pm | Windsong Pavilion

A chance to hear stunning performances and collaborations by some of our featured Festival Artists in the wonderful surroundings of the Windsong Pavilion.
James Crabb (classical accordion), Tamara-Anna Cislowska (piano), Jack Liebeck (violin), Emma Pearson (soprano), Ian Munro (piano).

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In Conversation

Friday 30 March | 11am | Windsong Pavilion

A fascinating conversation exploring how the Festival program has been selected, how literature and nature has inspired one of our Festival commissions and the art of performing a work rooted in ancient musical traditions.
Host: Guy Noble, James Crabb (Artistic Director), Damian Barbeler (composer), Emma Pearson (soprano).

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House Concert 3

Friday 30 March | 2pm | Stunning local home

A unique collaboration featuring two of our international Festival Artists led by our Artistic Director James Crabb. The location of this concert is still being finalised but, as with all our House Concerts, it will be stunning. Ticket includes hospitality.
James Crabb (classical accordion), Alice Giles AM (harp), Jack Liebeck (violin), Ariel Zuckermann (flute).

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Windsong Concert 2

Friday 30 March | 5pm | Windsong Pavilion

A significant performance featuring the first world premiere of the Festival: A new, short chamber work by Gerard Brophy ‘We Two Boys Together Clinging’, after Walt Whitman will receive its first performance. This new work has been commissioned by two individual donors with support from Four Winds donors and Creative Partnerships Australia, as part of the recent ‘Compose the Future with James Crabb campaign’.
Following the world premiere performance, The Goldner String Quartet will be joined by pianist Ian Munro for a performance of Schumann’s ‘Piano Quintet in E flat major Op 44’

David Rowden (clarinet), Lloyd Van’t Hoff (clarinet), Maria Raspopova (piano), ANAM Strings.
Goldner String Quartet and Ian Munro (piano).

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Friday 30 March | 7pm–9pm | Dickinson Oval

Hosted by Guy Noble, join us for a free concert for the whole community. This is a great, informal opportunity to meet and hear music from some of the Festival Artists in the heart of Bermagui. Includes performances by Artistic Director James Crabb (classical accordion), the Australian Brass Quintet, the Mission Songs Project, Aleksandr Tsiboulski (guitar) and Speak Percussion as well as local artists. We will also animate Bermagui with free pop-up performances throughout the day – so look out for Festival Artists in unexpected places.

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Music Theatre Performance | Sideshow Alley

Saturday 31 March
Sideshow Alley Performance 1 | 6pm | Windsong Pavilion
Sideshow Alley Performance 2 | 7:30pm | Windsong Pavilion
Sideshow Alley Performance 3 | 9pm | Windsong Pavilion

Step into a world where circus meets sideshow, where illusions captivate and automaton-like players spring to life and perform at the drop of a coin. Experience seven short performances of surprising musical works each with a theatrical element. The same performance is repeated three times throughout the evening as capacity for each performance is limited.

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Windsong Concert 3

Sunday 1 April | 5pm | Windsong Pavilion

The final performance in the Windsong Pavilion brings the Festival to a close. Finish your Festival experience with a joyful concert in the sublime acoustic of the Windsong Pavilion with one of Australia’s greatest string quartets, The Goldner String Quartet as well as performances by Jack Liebeck (violin), Tamara-Anna Cislowska (piano) and Ian Munro (piano).

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Youth Program and children's tent

Free Children’s Tent | Saturday 31 March & Sunday 1 April | 9am – 4pm | Festival site

A safe and welcoming creative space for our youngsters to enjoy their own Festival experience. In earshot of the music with space to express themselves and have fun with creative activities and friends.

Childcare will be provided at the festival by ‘Alive and Connected’

If you are between 2-7 years old, the Imagination Station tent will be a very splendid place to be. There will be imaginative and dramatic play, creative arts and expression, story-telling, simple juggling and ball games, physical and musical games, surprise visits from festival musicians, quiet time and much more!

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Youth Program 1 – Physicality, Percussion & Performance with Sam Thomas | Friday 30 March | 11am – 3pm | Bermagui Community Hall 3-5 Bunga St

Four Winds is pleased to welcome Sam Thomas, an established internationally renowned circus performer, who specialises in crafting workshops for all members of the community, that are highly physical, engaging, inspiring and culturally rich.

$10, Bookings essential

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Sonic Postcards with Holly Harrison – Youth Program 2 | Sunday 1 April | 10am – 1pm | Windsong Pavilion

In this workshop, led by composer Holly Harrison, participants explore the Bermagui environment, capturing images and sounds on tablets and mobile phones to create their own sonic postcards (or sonic mosaics). The session explores approaches to listening, the relationship between sound and image, and how to layer, connect, and structure found sounds.

$10, Bookings essential

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Ticketing | Build your own Festival experience:
We’ve made booking your Festival experience easy!
Simply select the number of tickets you wish to purchase for each event, then select your car park pass if you need one. Parking is limited at Four Winds so why not leave your car and get the free shuttle bus from Bermagui?

Once you have booked your Festival experience, the total cost of your order will be displayed. Any discounts will be applied automatically. Program booklets are included in the price of your Sound Shell Saturday and Sunday tickets.

Concession Information:
If you are a concession card holders please read about the new annual Four Winds Access Pass which includes access to the Festival as well as other year-round Four Winds events. CLICK HERE

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