In 2014 we celebrated the Festival’s twenty-fifth anniversary in a program dedicated to memory. This year, we turn our gaze to the next twenty-five years, with a program inspired by visions. We examine the visual in music, but more critically, the visionary: the forward-looking, the innovative, and the revolutionary.[Anna Goldsworthy]
Memory runs as a leitmotif through this program. Composers engage in dialogue with the past: Brahms looks to Mozart in his viola quintet; Grabowsky looks to Bartok, who
then looks back to Bach. We explore cultural memory, remembering the First World War,
the Normandy landing, and the Holocaust. Childhood memory is a rich subject for music, as is memory of place, be it Florence, Le Chat Noir or Henry Lawson’s outback. And we allow ourselves the indulgence of some personal memories, too, reflecting on twenty-five years of exhilarating Spring Music in Port Fairy.[Anna Goldsworthy]
Welcome to the 2013 Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. We invite you to join us on a Voyage,
as we explore music’s power to transport: geographically, temporally, emotionally. Accompany Schubert on a winter’s journey, or spend an Italian year of pilgrimage with Liszt. The celebrated Song Company will take you seafaring; virtuoso Russian pianist Yuri Rozum will guide you through the seasons; the Black Arm Band will journey into Australia’s cultural heartland.[Anna Goldsworthy]
Our theme this year is inspired by the Spring of our name, and we offer you a program of Awakenings. Awakenings can take many forms – seasonal, sensory, artistic, intellectual, romantic – and in this program we celebrate all of these. Embrace the season with Beethoven’s Spring Sonata; gasp at the musical dawn of Haydn’s Sunrise Quartet; revel in the early flowering of Mendelssohn’s great Octet.[Anna Goldsworthy]
Once Upon a Time...
Music and story-telling both offer us adventure, escapism, consolation. In this year’s Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, we’ll hear a range of musical stories, from Beethoven’s only song cycle to the fairy-tale imaginings of Mozart and Humperdinck, to Dvorak’s bipolar Dumky trio, Ravel’s nursery rhymes, and Messiaen’s otherworldly Quartet for the End of Time.[Anna Goldsworthy]
In line with the Anniversary of the Festival, there are two Anniversary Composers, Haydn and Mendelssohn. We also have a Composer- in-Residence, Stuart Greenbaum. We have two orchestras, several quartets – and an ophicleide! [Stephen McIntyre]
I think that the program this year is one of the most adventurous that I have proposed and I am very excited by the many new offerings that it contains.
There is a particular focus on new works and there is an underlying theme of travel, which I trust will resonate with many of us. [Stephen McIntyre]