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Message From Artistic Director

As the nights close upon us and we descend into Winter, our minds here at the Festival are already on Springtime and the prospect of a thrilling and engaging 2016 Spring Music Festival. Built around the theme of Re-Invention, the program will feature an exhilarating array of artists playing masterworks and re-imagined showpieces.

I’m also delighted to let you know of a number of specially commissioned works that are currently being written for premiere at the Festival. Under a program called ‘Quartet and Country’, composers William Barton and Deborah Cheetham – both indigenous artists with a profound understanding of western music traditions, as well as deep connections to their indigenous heritage - will compose works for the Australian String Quartet. These commissions were made possible through the generous patronage of the Klein Family Foundation and Ngeringa Arts. In addition, there will be a new work to open the Festival based on the indigenous six seasons, generously supported by the Australia Council. The Port Fairy community will not only be busy hosting the Festival, but many will also play a large role in performing in both this opening work, as well as the closing event created by Victorian Opera. Needless to say, I want to tell you everything we have in store, but will leave some of the biggest temptations for the release of the full program in July.

What a great privilege it is to be entrusted with a weekend of music making that is so loved by so many. We look forward to welcoming you in October.

Iain Grandage
Artistic Director