THERE is a Four Winds Festival every second Easter and each time one of the most-anticipated elements of the Festival is discovering which outstanding performers will be assembled in the Sound Shell at the open-air amphitheatre at Barragga Bay, south of Bermagui.
In this beautiful and intimate setting among the spotted gums, we are able to hear world-class musicians playing music, some of which is deeply familiar and some entirely new and unknown – and, indeed, some of which has been commissioned and composed for the occasion.
The festival this year has a new artistic director, Paul Kildea, who will put his stamp on the 2014 Festival both through the performers he has attracted to play at this world-class music festival and the musical program on offer.
In what is a real coup for Four Winds, Kildea has been able to attract three of the world’s leading virtuoso performers in Richard Tognetti (violin), Giovanni Sollima (cello) and Dejan Lazic (piano) to play at this year’s festival.
This is the only opportunity that audience members will have to hear these three outstanding musicians playing together.
They are not appearing together anywhere else in Australia and it is a tribute to both Paul Kildea and to the reputation of the Four Winds Festival and its glorious setting at Barragga Bay that they have all embraced the idea of performing at this Easter’s Four Winds Festival, April 17-20.
To see the full program and details of the many other performers playing at this year’s Festival you can go to the website www.fourwinds.com.au
For anyone who would like to hear the any of these absolutely virtuosic performers playing in various combinations and permutations with each other, and with many other performers over the weekend, tickets can be bought either on-line at www.fourwinds.com.au or in person from the Four Winds office at the Bermagui Community Centre, Bunga Street, Monday-Thursday between 10am and 4pm or by phoning 6493 5686 during business hours.
Early-bird tickets, saving you between $15 and $30, are available if you book before Friday, January 31.