Arts in the Valley Festival 2017
The Festival has now closed, to widespread acclaim! Sunny weather, beautiful sculptures and several displays of musical mastery made it memorable!
This will be the first time we’ve had a koto in the Valley, and we’ll be enjoying five of them in the Sydney Koto Quintet, led by the amazing Satsuki Odamura. We are delighted to welcome back the Goldner String Quartet, Australia’s most respected and admired string quartet, drawn from members of the Australia Ensemble. A new ensemble will make its debut at the festival: Highly Strung, a quintet of harps led by Australia’s great harpist Alice Giles.
Our Hausmusik series will include performers drawn from these string groups: Satsuki Odamura will play a solo koto recital; Alice Giles will play solo harp and Goldner players Dimity Hall and Julian Smiles will play a program of duets for violin and cello. We’ve also invited local soprano (they’re always highly strung!!) Annette Tesoriero to perform with West Australian accordionist Cathie Travers, who will also play a solo accordion concert.
To cap it all off we will have a significant world premiere of Andrew Ford’s In Transit, a work for piano (the most highly strung instrument) and speaker which he will perform with pianist Ian Munro, in a special program of music about trains.
Continuing our tradition we are staging our biennial Sculpture in the Valley during the festival, and this year’s show will be held at Cedar Grove, 189 Jarretts Lane, Kangaroo Valley, a property with a great outlook over the valley’s southeast.