From 1 – 10 January, the exquisite sounds of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival will spill out across Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula in a sonic delight of classical vocals and instrumentalists, gypsy folk song, jazz, opera and immersive musical moments for children.
In his second year as Artistic Director, Ben Opie has fashioned a program of inspired collaborations which sees the Festival return to the region’s beautiful places and extend to unusual spaces with a myriad of unique musical experiences.
The sassy gypsy sounds of the Stiletto Sisters kickstart festival frivolities in Hair of The Dog, the annual festival opening performance on New Year’s Day. Led by the breathtaking violinist virtuosity of Hope Csutoros with dynamic piano accordionist Judy Gunson and the talents of Jo To on double bass, the seductive blend of Hungarian gypsy, tango and love songs from around the world will raise the roof of the rustic Briar’s Barn – a charming new venue for the 2020 festival.
In a program highlight, UK based Louisa Hunter-Bradley (voice and recorder) returns to Australia to join Melbourne based early music specialists Lizzy Welsh (violin) and David Macfarlane (harpsichord) for Scorned Women at Balnarring’s Hurley Vineyard. Together they embark on an early Baroque journey of instrumental and vocal virtuosity, applauding music written for women, by women and celebrating singer and composer Barbara Strozzi’s 400th anniversary.
A gloriously fervent concert takes place at Moorooduc Estate: Appassionata – Peter de Jager, one of Australia’s most unique and versatile musicians breathes new life into two foundational keyboard works, Beethoven’s intensely stormy Appassionata Sonata and Bach’s Partita in E Minor. This impassioned piano performance will be an epic display of artistry.
Festival audiences are in for a rare treat with Spring Sea – Music for Dreams with two master musicians Riley Lee and Marshall McGuire performing music from Japan, Australia and France. The collaboration of Lee on Shakuhachi, the only non-Japanese person to be bestowed with the title of Grand Master and McGuire on Harp creates a haunting dream-like experience. The combination of two ancient instruments from vastly different traditions generates a unique and powerful musical voice.
Set within the vines of Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove, the much-loved Festival favourite Twilight Jazz returns with Alinta & the Jazz Emperors. Allinta Chidzey, currently playing Velma in Chicago and Dutch tenor saxophonist, composer and band leader Remco Keijzer preside over a soulful evening of jazz with Sam Keevers (keyboard), Chris Hale (bass) and Darryn Farrugia on drums.
For full program visit: www.peninsulafestival.com.au
Dates: 1 – 10 January 2020
Venues: Across Red Hill, Fingal, Balnarring, Moorooduc, Flinders, Mount Martha, Flinders and Dromana.
Tickets: online www.peninsulafestival.com.au