Seventeenth Annual Festival

Friday 13 January to Sunday 22 January 2012

 

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Friday 14th January 2011
Recital 1
8.00 pm

Supper

St Patrick's Cathedral,

Cnr Dawson & Sturt Streets, Ballarat
Opening Recital

The Medieval Miracle Play of Daniel

Dr Gary Ekkel will direct the Schola Cantorum of Melbourne in a dramatic and richly textured performance.
The artistic director will be Greg Eldridge using the narrative created by W H Auden.
 
Saturday 15th January 2011
Recital 2
11.00 am
St Patrick’s College Chapel

1431 Sturt Street, Ballarat
Medieval Miracle Plays – an introduction Dr Gary Ekkel, with the assistance of singers and musicians will set the context of Miracle Plays illustrating the musical effects of music in procession and medieval modes.
He will introduce the traditional instruments used and speak about the W H Auden narrative for the Play of Daniel.
Recital 3
4.00 pm

St Patrick's Cathedral,

Cnr Dawson & Sturt Streets, Ballarat

Dr Gary Verkade

The Romantic Organ Sonata
Currently a Professor of Organ in Sweden, American organist Dr Gary Verkade will perform some of the great works of the Romantic Period including music of Mendelssohn and Rheinberger.
Recital 4
8.00pm
Ballarat Christian Fellowship Church

503 Mair Street, Ballarat
Ann Murphy harpsichord
Julia Fredersdorff violin
Alison Catanach flute
Laura Vaughan viola da gamba

Telemann ‘Paris’ Quartets
Numbers 3,4 and 5
The quartet returns to the festival to complete their Telemann Paris Quartet series.
Described as among the pinnacles of baroque chamber music, the Paris Quartets have a classical beauty of form, charm and sensitivity of melody which delight the intellect and move the heart.
Sunday 16th January 2011
9.00 – 11.00 am The garden of “Opononui”
Ballarat North
Festival Breakfast Now a popular tradition of the festival, the breakfast is an opportunity to meet new friends and old.

* Must be booked

Recital 5
1.00 pm
Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts
1220 Howitt Street, Wendouree
Michael Kieran Harvey
Piano recital

Sonatas of Liszt and Humphrey Searle
Michael Kieran Harvey is recognised internationally with many awards including Joint Grand Prix in the Ivo Pogorelić International Solo Piano Composition, four consecutive Australian Mo awards for best classical artist and the APRA award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music 2009
Recital 6
4.00 pm
Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts
1220 Howitt Street, Wendouree
Edwin Paling violin
Arabella Teniswood-Harvey  piano


Sonatas by Ravel and Strauss
Violinist Edwin Paling is one of the most well known musicians in Britain. He was formerly concert master and soloist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and a recording and solo artist.
He is joined in this recital, by Australian pianist Arabella Teniswood-Harvey.
Recital 7
8.00 pm
Loreto Chapel

1600 Sturt Street Ballara
Christopher Wrench
Organ recital
One of Australia’s foremost musicians, international recitalist and recorded artist, Christopher Wrench plays the newly restored Fincham organ.
Monday 17th January 2011
SNAKE VALLEY & BALLARAT
Recital 8
10.30 am

repeated at noon
Carngham Uniting Church
Carngham Linton Road
Snake Valley
Danny Spooner voice
Ann Murphy organ and harpsichord

Songs of War, Murder and Mayhem
When daily life was shaped by religion, battles, death and destruction, with a little light relief in the form of love, food and wine, the songs of the people inspired the art music of the times.
Morning tea will be provided – donations in support of the Carngham Church organ fund.
Recital 9
4.00pm
St Peter’s Anglican Church

1307 Sturt Street, Ballarat
Dominic Perissinotto organ Dominic Perissinotto is a well known recitalist and recording artist and makes a welcome return to the festival.
Recital 10
8.00 pm
Neil Street Uniting Church,

Cnr Neil and Macarthur Streets, Ballarat
Miwako Abe violin
Elizabeth Anderson harpsichord

J.S. Bach –Sonatas for violin and harpsichord

Works from the violin repertoire of J.S. Bach and performed by these two musicians will be a high point of the festival
Tuesday 18th January 2011
Recital 11
10.30 am
and repeated at noon
St John’s Anglican Church,
cr. of Thompson and Barkly Streets
Dunolly
Christopher Wrench organ
Gianfranco Bortolato oboe
Louisa Hunter Bradley
soprano
Matthew Gouldstone bass

Arias from Bach Cantatas.
A recital using the beautiful tracker action George Fincham organ, bought to Dunolly in the years of prosperity following the discovery of gold.

Morning tea $3 - in support of St John’s organ fund.
The tranquil and interesting Phillips Botanical Gardens, corner of Alma & Nolan Streets Maryborough BYO Picnic Lunch
Return to Ballarat via the scenic route, stopping at Clunes to visit the picturesque Town Hall and Court House.
4pm The former Methodist Church, now part of Wesley College, Clunes See and hear a demonstration of the newly restored heritage organ.
Recital 12
8.00 pm
Neil Street Uniting Church,

Cnr Neil and Macarthur Streets, Ballarat
Elena Bertuzzi soprano
Laura Vaughan
viola da gamba
Michele Benuzzi harpsichord

Tormento ed Estasi
 
An Italian harpsichordist and soprano are joined by one of Australia's most sought after viola da gamba players to present some of the extraordinary, heart-renderingly beautiful, sacred and secular music of 17th century Italy
Wednesday 19th January 2011
Recital 13
11.00 am
Loreto Chapel

1600 Sturt Street Ballarat
Miwako Abe violin

J. S. Bach – Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin
 
Internationally renowned, Miwako Abe has performed as soloist throughout Europe and the USA. In England she performed with the English Chamber Orchestra
Recital 14
3pm
Ballarat Christian Fellowship Church

503 Mair Street, Ballarat
Simon Martyn-Ellis theorbo and baroque guitar
Laura Vaughan viola da gamba


Si dolce e’tormento;
Folias for Viola da Gamba,
Theorbo and Baroque Guitar
Now based in Germany, Simon Martyn-Ellis continues to perform and record with leading ensembles and is co-founder of the prize winning group, ‘Cadenza’.
Today, he and Laura Vaughan play the enchanting music of Marin Marais, Santiago de Murcia, Alessandro Piccinini and Diego Ortiz.
Recital 15
7.00 pm and repeated at 9pm
Victoria Theatre,
Sovereign Hill
The Waterman
- a ballad opera
The talented Sovereign Hill Ensemble will perform Charles Dibdin’s much admired, tuneful burletta which was performed in Ballarat’s Theatre Royal by the Ballarat Garrick Club in 1868.

’As long as men have hearts to feel and minds to appreciate, the lyrics of Charles Dibdin will never lose their hold on the sympathies and affections of Englishmen.’ Musical Times 1914
7.00 till 9.00pm New York Bakery
Sovereign Hill
The New York Bakery Dinner will be served at 7pm and at 8.15pm * Must be booked
Thursday 20th January 2011
DAYLESFORD
Recital 16
11.00am
Uniting Church,Daylesford

Central Springs Road
Daylesford
Stephen Grant director
Vocal Ensemble
David MacFarlane organ


Frescobaldi’s Fiori Musicale
Organist at St Peter’s Rome from 1608 until 1643 and one of the great masters of organ composition, Frescobaldi attracted vast crowds to hear his beautiful music. He was known for his dramatic inventiveness and the brilliant construction of musical ideas. His Fiori Musicale inspired many composers including J.S.Bach.
12.30pm Wombat Park Estate
Daylesford-Castlemaine Road
Daylesford

BYO picnic lunch
Enjoy the tranquil and historic grounds of Wombat Park courtesy of the owners.
Recital 17
3.00pm
Town Hall Daylesford

Vincent Street Daylesford
Shu Cheen Yu soprano
Gianfranco Bortolato oboe
Anthony Halliday piano

Parigi o Cara –
Romantic Arias From Italian Opera
Oboist, Gianfranco Bortolato, performs as soloist with the Interpreti veneziani and other major ensembles in Italy. He will present a special program of arias from opera as interpreted by the oboe. He is joined by Shu Cheen Yu, one of the finest sopranos in Australia and brilliant Australian pianist, Anthony Halliday.
Recital 18
8.00 pm
St Patrick's Cathedral,

Cnr Dawson & Sturt Streets, Ballarat
Dr Gary Verkade organ

Music from Then till Now
In this recital, Dr Verkade will present a program which spans the centuries of organ composition.
Friday 21st January 2011
Recital 19
11.00 am
Barkly Street Uniting Church

Barkly Street, Ballarat
Dr Gary Verkade

Johann Ulrich Steigleder – Ricercar Tabulatura 1624
Dr Gary Verkade introduces and plays this first collection of pieces to be published using copper plates, to be written using five line staves rather than letters and to use keys rather than modes.
These twelve ricercare - one including an interlude based on the call of a cuckoo, explore a wide range of techniques and models.
Recital 20
3.00 pm
St Alipius Church

84 Victoria Street, Ballarat
David Drury organ A brilliant organist, improviser and composer, David Drury makes a welcome return to the festival
7.00 pm Craig’s Royal Hotel
Lydiard Street South
Ballarat
FESTIVAL DINNER
* Must be booked

Enjoy the ambience of this wonderfully restored heritage hotel
Tickets are limited to 150 and will be allocated in order of receiving payment.
Saturday 22nd January 2011
Recital 21
11.00 am
Her Majesty’s Theatre

17 Lydiard Street South
Ballarat
Tony Fenelon will play the famous Compton Organ Tony Fenelon is internationally known as a master of the theatre organ and his recital of the music written for the instrument will be a delight.
Recital 22
3.00 pm
Neil Street Uniting Church,

Cnr Neil and Macarthur Streets, Ballarat
Music of Les Six presented by Ensemble Muse

Nadia Piave soprano
Gotthard Killian flute
Barbara Horning viola
Jacinta Dennett harp
Andrew Woodhouse organ
Patrick McCabe guitar
The works of the six French composers known as ‘Les six’ – Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc and Germaine Tailleferre
Recital 23
8.00 pm
Her Majesty’s Theatre

17 Lydiard Street South
Ballarat
Gianfranco Bortolato oboe
Anthony Halliday piano


Una Serata Romantica The Salon music of Robert and Clara Schumann for Oboe and Piano
 
A program of the romantic and beautiful music of Robert and Clara Schumann … Romances, Fantasias, Adagios and Stücke im Volkston
 
Sunday 23rd January 2011
9.00 - 11.00 am The garden of “Opononui”
Ballarat North
Sergio's Italian Harvest Breakfast Soup
as served in the north of Italy
after the blessing of the harvest.
* Must be booked

Meet with new and old friends … this time sharing a casual breakfast of chicken and tortellini soup, bread and cheese and a glass of wine, as is traditionally done at the blessing of the harvest in the Veneto region.
Recital 24
3.00 pm
Her Majesty’s Theatre

17 Lydiard Street South
Ballarat
Josephine Vains – cello
Anthony Halliday – piano

Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams and Prokofief
 
The Chopin Sonata is rarely heard but is a most beautiful, romantic work
Recital 25
8.00 pm

Supper

St Patrick’s Cathedral
Cnr Sturt & Dawson Streets, Ballarat

Final recital of the Seventeenth Annual Festival
Australian Baroque Brass

Directed by John Foster with David Drury organ.

Sound the Trumpets – Music from a Golden Age

Courtly brass music from the golden age of the baroque, performed on period instruments by one of this country’s finest ensembles, known for their flawless precision and impeccable taste.
Close of Festival 2011