One of Australia’s most beloved small festivals, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival is growing from strength to strength, with the 2017 Festival already breaking all box office records.
In a thrillingly diverse programme, artists include Kate Miller-Heidke, jazz titans Paul Grabowsky and Vince Jones, Anna Goldsworthy in her autobiographical ‘Piano Lessons’, Strauss’ Four Last Songs from the Tinalley String Quartet with Taryn Fiebig and Strauss’ Metamorphosen with Bill Hennessey’s Australian Octet, Yelian He with Kristian Chong, Sonia Lifschitz playing Stalin’s Piano, and Jonathan Grieves-Smith leading Hallelujah Junction in David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion.
The program is built around themes of migration, and a newly commissioned work written by Persian Classical singer Tara Tiba in collaboration with local schoolchildren will open the Festival. Called My Mother’s Mother, it traces the journeys of the children’s ancestors into Australia. Other migrant experiences in the Festival program include Mindy Wang and David Shea’s transcendental Silk Road, Evergreen Ensemble’s exploration of the Celtic migrations, 1st hand refugee histories set to music by Robert Davidson, and Kavisha Mazzella leading local choirs in Italian heritage songs.
In a continuation of the hugely successful multi-year program called ‘Quartet and Country’, indigenous musicians Stephen Pigram and Lou Bennett have composed works for the Australian String Quartet that speak to the oldest migrations into this country.
The 2017 Port Fairy Spring Music Festival runs next weekend - Friday 13 October to Sunday 15 October.
Tickets still available to:
Opening Gala (Featuring ‘My Mother’s mother’) 8pm Friday 13th October Southcombe Park Stadium
Across the Water (Featuring ‘Different Trains ’)5.15pm Saturday 14th October Drill Hall, Victoria Hotel
Kate Miller-Heidke 8pm Saturday 14th October Southcombe Park Stadium
Match Girl Passion 11.30am Sunday 15th October St John’s Church, Port Fairy
Stalin’s Piano 2pm Sunday 15th October Drill Hall, Victoria Hotel, Bank St Port Fairy
Closing Concert 3.30pm Sunday 15th October Southcombe Park Stadium