Eight Powerful World Premieres and 101 Artists Honored at Port Fairy Spring Music Festival

Eight Powerful World Premieres and 101 Artists Featured at Port Fairy Spring Music Festival

October 14-16, 2022, Port Fairy, Victoria

Hundred and one. This is the number of artists who will make history for three days at this year’s Port Fairy Spring Music Festival (PFSMF) in what will be a joyous and groundbreaking return after two years silenced by COVID 19. of the Festival is REGENERATION – to reconnect, recharge and regenerate.

From celebrated works of the past to inspiring classics of the future, the PFSMF returns to the must-attend calendar for music lovers and arts adventurers with EIGHT WORLD PREMIEREs and 36 world-class events performed by local, visiting, emerging and established musicians, together in the one of the most magical places on the planet.

Of the 101 artists at this year’s Festival, 38 are returning and 63 are making their PFSMF debut, including the internationally acclaimed Goldner String Quartet.

Led by Artistic Directors Monica Curro and Stefan Cassomenos, the PFSMF begins with Kawai’s Opening Gala featuring composer Yuin Brenda Gifford’s Miriwa which paints a joyful picture of heaven and its relationship to land, as well as the intimate version for chamber orchestra by Gustav Mahler. brilliant Fourth Symphony.

Titled REGATHERING, the concert will be conducted by the esteemed Fabian Russell and will feature rising soprano superstar Rebecca Rashleigh and an impeccable ensemble of instrumentalists.

“Having opened with Miriwa, Brenda Gifford’s renewed vocal offering to the dhurga language, alongside Mahler’s magnificent Symphony No. 4, the PFSMF celebrates eight world premieres.” (Full list below.) “Anne Norman reimagines the sounds of the Port Fairy wetlands, Brenda Gifford invokes Barra Barra, the timeless sea, James Ledger presents the dazzling virtuosity of James Crabb, Bryony Marks reconstructs images from our uncomfortable past , Thomas Green’s multifaceted prism shines through three new works, and Dermot Tutty nurtures the voices of the future with his oratorio, co-written with the children of Port Fairy,” said co-artistic director Monica Curro.

“We are delighted to welcome the Goldner String Quartet to Port Fairy for the first time, and the return of beloved festival favorites – The composers pay tribute to our festival patron, Lauris Elms, as well as tango maestro Piazzolla. Anna Goldsworthy makes a triumphant return with Brahms, Pejačević and Haydn, Adelaide’s ensemble Various People in Invocations will reconjure their intimate world, and festival icon Stephen McIntyre hosts a feast of Schumann and Schubert,” she said. declared.

“We reveal a treasure trove of youthful brilliance – the prodigal Wattleseed Ensemble, the prodigious Partridge String Quartet, the bodacious Black Square String Quartet, rising superstars Louis Hurley and Rebecca Rashleigh, and our own local ‘Regenerators’. The Stiletto Sisters and the Cairo Club Orchestra will raise the roof of the drill hall, and Port Fairy legends Anna-Lee Robertson and Leah Oswin will share their gift of songwriting.

“Our sweetest joy to return in 2022 is to reunite with friends from the South West and beyond, at two special events – a new collaboration with the Find Your Voice Collective affirming humanity through creativity; and our epic closing gala, once again bringing together a splendor of talent and expertise from local instrumentalists and choristers alongside esteemed soloists and Maestro Michael Dahlenburg, in an ode to our relentless human capacity for regeneration.

This year will also see The Sensorium, an innovative multimedia installation unveiled and, with the ringing of the Federation bells, a new Festival venue will be welcomed to St Brigid’s Crossley.

The Port Fairy Spring Music Festival was established in 1990 by the late British/Australian composer Michael Easton ARAM and pianist Len Vorster and has been held as an annual regional music festival ever since.

Over 32 music-filled years, artistic directors have included Marco van Pagee, Len Vorster, Erich Fackert, Stephen McIntyre, Anna Goldsworthy and Iain Grandage. Continuing their legacy, current Artistic Directors, Monica Curro and Stefan Cassomenos, in 2022 deliver a feast of classical and contemporary ensemble music in new and collaborative programming, combining and celebrating the talents of much-loved established artists with the best of young new and emerging Australians. performers and composers.

In addition to an incredible chamber music program, there is also cabaret, jazz, orchestral and choral music, opera, film, interdisciplinary artistic collaboration, accessible performances and free events in a program of 31 presentations over three days. School concerts, masterclasses, pre-concert talks, artist talks and conversations, and art exhibits enhance the appreciation and involvement of Festival patrons and the community.


“Brogga Dawn” by Anne Norman – Saturday October 15 at 3:30 p.m.

Anne Norman’s new work, for shakuhachi and 12-voice choir, incorporates field recordings of birds from the Western District wetlands, in shimmering surround sound.

“Barra Barra” by Brenda Gifford – Sunday October 16 at 2 p.m.

Brenda Gifford is a composer and a proud Yuin woman whose culture is the basis of her artistic practice, and her new work “Barra Barra” for string quintet, commissioned by the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, evokes the transcendental power of ageless sea.

“Talk” by James Ledger – Sunday October 16 at 10 a.m.

“Talk” by ARIA-winning composer James Ledger is written for the classical accordion and is commissioned by virtuoso accordionist James Crabb, who has commissioned and premiered many new works for the classical accordion.

“Mothers’ Suite Sweet Mothers” by Thomas Green – Sunday, October 16 at 10 a.m.

Commissioned by ABC’s Fresh Start Fund, ‘Mothers’ Suite Sweet Mothers’ for violin and piano is a work in five movements, each movement representing a stage in the life of mother and child, from the earliest tender moments with the infant until the moment when the child, having grown up, breaks the bonds of childhood and when the mother must let go of them.

“The Sensorium” – music by Thomas Green, visual work co-curated by Gareth Collison and Monica Curro – Sunday October 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Composer and sound magician Thomas Green’s many soundscapes are symbiotically paired with images by dynamic visual artists from south-west Victoria, in an immersive installation co-curated by the legendary art guru multi-faceted Gareth Colliton, alongside Festival co-director Monica Curro. .

“Australian Fair? Volume I” by Bryony Marks – Sunday October 16 at 11.30am

Presented alongside a montage of Australian national archive footage of film and sound from ‘ordinary’ Australian life spanning the 1920s to the 1960s, ‘Australia Fair? Volume I” is written for string quartet and highlights how notions of Australian identity and gender expectations have fluctuated over the decades – Marks’ masterful music simultaneously serving the images and reaching far beyond, in non-verbal comments.

“Guardian Spirit” by Thomas Green – Saturday October 15 at 7:45 p.m.

Written for electronics, percussion and string quartet, “Guardian Spirit” is a very unique continuous ensemble, with high-energy sections interspersed with dreamlike, refined moments – the music developing organically from delicate, featuring what in a parallel universe might be called classic sounds, in an exuberant and constantly surprising hybrid of electronic dance music and percussive art music.

“And the Sweetness Worked its Charm” – composed in collaboration by Dermot Tutty with schoolchildren from Port Fairy – Sunday October 16 at 3:30 p.m.

Commissioned by Port Fairy Spring Music Festival for the 2022 Closing Gala: ‘Regeneration’ brings together instrumentalists and backing vocalists from across South West Victoria alongside Melbourne musicians and magnificent soloists. This new work for tenor, choir and orchestra is composed in collaboration by Dermot Tutty with school children from Port Fairy, who join the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus to sing the world premiere of their new piece.

Port Fairy Spring Music Festival

October 14-16, Port Fairy, Victoria

Concert tickets, Festival passes and all information at PORTFAIRYSPRINGFEST.COM. AU

The Port Fairy Spring Music Festival honors the Gunditjmara people, the traditional owners of the regions that now encompass Warrnambool, Port Fairy, Woolsthorpe and Portland, and honors their elders past and present.

Port Fairy Spring Music Festival is proudly supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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