Family-friendly musical adventures, cantatas by candlelight, jazz among the vines, songs of love in the cellar door, chamber music in churches, New Year’s Eve celebrations – and much more!
This summer, the Mornington Peninsula will once again be filled with the sounds of world-class music, accompanied by the best food and wine that the region has to offer.
Under the artistic direction of Julia Fredersdorff, the 9-day festival offers something for everyone, with 19 events in Red Hill, Mt Eliza, Moorooduc, Rosebud and Flinders, performed by over 80 musicians from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Argentina and the UK. Journey from the exotic sounds of the Middle East to the tango-imbued Buenos Aires of Astor Piazzolla, from jazz’s Great American Songbook to the emotional torment of Dowland’s Renaissance London, from Telemann’s Paris of the 18th century to the 21st century Australia of Elena Kats-Chernin.
Selected highlights of the 2013 Peninsula Summer Music Festival include:
- Cantatas by Candlelight – The 2013 Festival opens with an all-Bach program at St James the Less Mt Eliza (29 December) featuring the sublime voices of tenor Paul Bentley (UK/ Australia) and Melbourne-based bass-baritone Nicholas Dinopoulos performing three complete Cantatas, accompanied by an ensemble of leading Australian and international musicians performing on authentic instruments of the 18th century.
- Combattimento – Masterpieces by Claudio Monteverdi, including Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, and featuring an outstanding assembly of Australian and international artists – soprano Greta Bradman, tenors Justin Burwood and Paul Bentley and bass-baritone Nicholas Dinopoulos, performing with one of Australia’s leading Baroque ensembles, Ludovico’s Band, at St James the Less Mt Eliza (4 January).
- New Year’s Serenade – Sydney’s renowned Acacia Ensemble perform a handpicked a selection of the world’s finest string quartets for your enjoyment, including the Nocturne from Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2, works by Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy and Tchaikovsky, and Dvořák’s widely-loved “American” Quartet. Join the artists post-performance for champagne and canapés while enjoying the simply spectacular views from the deck at Peppers Moonah Links Resort (31 December).
- Hair of the Dog – a unique New Year’s Day performance in the barrel room at Willow Creek Vineyard, featuring the enticing, intoxicating and utterly engrossing klezmer ensemble – Klezmania. Those wanting to add something special to their Hair of the Dog experience can enjoy a Champagne Brunch on the deck at the celebrated Salix Restaurant before the performance (1 January).
- Carnival of the Animals – The Festival’s first foray into family-friendly programming brings the sounds of lions roaring, kangaroos jumping, roosters crowing, fish swimming, birds flying, swans gliding and cuckoos calling to the Southern Peninsula Arts Centre (1 January). Narrator Christopher Lawrence (ABC Classic FM) will introduce each of the instruments in the specially-formed chamber ensemble – and everyone’s invited to have a closer look at the instruments at the end of the performance.
- Sorrow Stay – Virtuosic Australian lutenist Rosemary Hodgson and Canadian tenor Justin Burwood will make time stand still in the serene bushland setting of Hummingbird Eco Retreat as they perform the works of John Dowland, considered to be one of the finest song composers England has ever produced (2 January).
- The intimate and engaging setting of St Johns, Flinders is the perfect way to experience the always-popular chamber music Recital Series (30 December, 5 & 6 January). Sydney’s renowned Acacia Ensemble perform the music of Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin, an international ensemble led by the Gabrieli Consort’s Catherine Martin (UK) explore Trio Sonatas from the English Baroque, internationally-renowned jazz pianist Joe Chindamo teams up with classical violinist Zoe Black to reimagine works by the great classical composers and Australasia’s leading Baroque trio Latitude 37 are joined by historical flautist Georgia Browne (UK/Australia) to perform Telemann’s Paris Quartets.
- The region’s best food and wine are showcased alongside their natural accompaniment, music, in several of the region’s leading wineries. The Festival’s new After Hours series (2 & 3 January) showcases jazz and world music in a relaxed cellar door setting at the landmark Port Phillip Estate; 2012 Australian Singing Competition finalist Charlotte Betts-Dean performs songs of love (Chanson d’Amour) at Main Ridge Estate (2 & 4 January), and Moorooduc Estate hosts two performances, one featuring the pure piano magic of Paris- based pianist David Selig (3 January), and the other celebrating the life and music of Astor Piazzolla in The Seasons (5 January).
- The 2013 Festival will conclude with Twilight Jazz (6 January) at Montalto, this year featuring Australia’s premier jazz stylist, Nichaud Fitzgibbon. A fourth-generation member of the renowned jazz and showbiz Fitzgibbon family, Nichaud brings her natural charisma and formidable vocal prowess to a range of popular standards from the Great American Songbook.
2013 Peninsula Summer Music Festival Details:
Dates: 29 December 2012 – 6 January 2013
Venues: Venues across Red Hill, Flinders, Moorooduc, Rosebud, Merricks North and Mt Eliza
Bookings: Frankston Arts Centre Box Office (03) 9784 1060 or online via
www.peninsulafestival.com.au. Book direct with venue for Twilight Jazz at Montalto.
Cost: Separately ticketed events, from $15 to $130
2013 Festival at a glance:
Saturday 29 December
7.00pm Cantatas by Candlelight,St James the Less, Mt Eliza
Sunday 30 December
10.30am Recital 1: Blue Silence, St Johns, Flinders
2.30pm Recital 2: Baroque Trio Sonatas, St Johns, Flinders
Monday 31 December
6.00pm New Year’s Serenade, Moonah Links, Fingal
Tuesday 1 January
9.30am & 11.00am Carnival of the Animals, Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, Rosebud
12.00pm Hair of the Dog, Willow Creek Vineyard, Merricks North
Wednesday 2 January
12.00pm Sorrow Stay, Hummingbird Eco Retreat, Red Hill
6.45pm Chanson d’Amour, Main Ridge Estate, Red Hill South
8.30pm After Hours: Alwan, Port Phillip Estate, Red Hill South
Thursday 3 January
6.00pm Clair de lune, Moorooduc Estate, Moorooduc
8.30pm After Hours: Tim Stevens Trio, Port Phillip Estate, Red Hill South
Friday 4 January
6.45pm Chanson d’Amour, Main Ridge Estate, Red Hill South
7.00pm Combattimento, St James the Less, Mt Eliza
Saturday 5 January
10.30am Recital 3: Latitude 37: Paris Quartets 1, 2 & 3, St Johns, Flinders
2.30pm Recital 4: Ludovico’s Band, St Johns, Flinders
7.00pm The Seasons, Moorooduc Estate, Moorooduc
Sunday 6 January
10.30am Recital 5: Latitude 37: Paris Quartets 4, 5 & 6, St Johns, Flinders
2.30pm Recital 6: Reimaginings , St Johns, Flinders
7.00pm Twilight Jazz, Montalto, Red Hill South
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