No need to go to Leipzig. The music of J.S. Bach is alive in Australia’s cool little capital. The essential and the unexpected collide in glorious counterpoint, with artists from around the world amongst Canberra’s natural and cultural treasures. With a host of concerts and events from breakfast to bedtime, the 2019 Festival shows Bach – and the capital – in a new light.
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The 25th Canberra International Music Festival revels in the ever-deepening artistry of baroque specialists from Australia and Europe, including Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Bach Akademie Australia directed by Madeleine Easton and rising star Korneel Bernolet. International heavyweights such as Brodsky Quartet, Quatuor Voce and Vyacheslav Gryaznov join forces with some of Australia’s most charismatic artists: Kristian Winther, Andrew Goodwin, Natalie Peluso and many more.
The majesty of Bach’s musical architecture continues to inspire new and unexpected pathways. Enter the Ntaria Ladies Choir, ‘keepers of song’, and intrepid musicians like Dan Tepfer, sonic.art saxophone quartet and Trio SR9.
Bach is alive in Canberra. And so is the 2019 composers’ collective-in-residence: Jess Green, Bree van Reyk and Nick Wales. Along with Moya Henderson, Ella Macens, Chris Sainsbury and Michael Dooley, they create new work for our 25th Anniversary.
Free lunchtime concert by Theme & Variations Foundation Young Pianist, Leanne Jin.
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa in a dazzling world premiere combining contemporary circus with the best of baroque.
Concert 1 - Bach’s greatest concertos and chorales in the hands of spellbinding artists from around the globe, from Antwerp to Alice Springs.
Concert 2 - Fearless virtuoso Kristian Winther in a rare performance of Bach’s complete works for solo violin.
Concert 3 - Let French marimba trio SR9 sweep you off your feet with elegant music from their new album Alors on danse?
Concert 5 - The seduction and nostalgia of South American song in Los Pitutos’ Australian debut.
Concert 7 - Barbara Blackman Festival Blessing - The Ntaria Ladies Choir with William Barton and the Berlin-based sonic.art sax quartet.
Concert 8 - Bach, Beethoven and Bruckner by ‘one of the best ensembles in the world’, French string quartet Quatuor Voce.
Concert 9 - A musical discovery walk from the rain forest gully to the red centre.
Concert 11 - The festival’s most intimate experience. Music up close and personal in the artists’ studios of Gorman House.
Concert 12 - The living embodiment of the Russian piano tradition, Vyacheslav Gryaznov, in his Australian debut.
Concert 13 - Local history meets outer space – a constellation of performances on Mt Stromlo.
Concert 14 - Two of the world’s great string quartets negotiate over Elgar and Franck.
Concert 15 - ‘The team for the new century’ shines its light on Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Bartók.