Jack Liebeck, Ariel Zuckermann, Emma Pearson and Tamara-Anna Cislowska among the guests at next year’s festival.
The Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival programme has been announced, with international guest artists to include British violinist Jack Liebeck and Israeli flautist Ariel Zuckermann as well as Australian artists such as soprano Emma Pearson, pianists Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Ian Munro, harpist Alice Giles and guitarist Aleksandr Tsiboulski. They will be joined by ensembles including the Goldner String Quartet, The Song Company, Speak Percussion and the Australian Brass Quintet.
The Sound Shell. Photo © Robert Green
The biennial Four Winds Easter Festival takes place at Barragga Bay on NSW’s south coast. “It’s the incredible natural environment where Four Winds takes place, which makes it such a unique event,” said accordionist James Crabb, ahead of what will be his inaugural programme as Four Winds’ Artistic Director. “It makes everyone feel like they’re sharing in something intimate, to be treasured.”
“As a musician on stage in a concert hall, you can have the overwhelming feeling of being at the centre of everyone’s attention. Then, in contrast, when you perform in nature, you have a sense of yourself as a small part of a much bigger worldly picture.”
“That’s one the main reasons that the Festival has such a great reputation amongst musicians,” Crabb said. “They love to play here, surrounded by such extraordinary beauty. It’s incredibly humbling, connecting and rewarding.”
Violinist Jack Liebeck. Photo © Kaupo Kikkas
Crabb’s programme is diverse, featuring works by Haydn, Schumann, Bach, Vivaldi, Byrd, Saint-Säens, Piazzolla, Respighi, Golijov, Pärt and Kats-Chernin as well as five world premieres, by Sydney’s Damian Barbeler, Brisbane/Calcutta based Gerard Brophy, American composer Timothy Geller, and South Coast residents Geoffrey Badger and David Hewitt.
While the heart of the festival is the two full days of music presented on the main stage of Four Winds’ 2,000 person capacity outdoor Sound Shell, the Festival will also feature more intimate performances in the venue’s 200-seat Windsong Pavilion; House Concerts held in local private properties, free community performances, music installations as well as a programme for aspiring young musicians.
The Festival will also feature a series of alternative music theatre pieces on the Sunday evening, brought together under the heading Sideshow Alley. Three one-hour shows will each comprise seven music theatre works performed by nine of the Festival’s guest artists. “Sideshow Alley presents a unique opportunity – not often found in a Festival environment – to experience world class artists expressing their musicianship in a completely different, theatrical way, up close, in a dramatic intimate space,” Crabb said. “It will be like nothing they have ever seen before!”
The Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival is at Barragga Bay, March 28 – April 1.