The Festival has now closed, to widespread acclaim! Sunny weather, beautiful sculptures and several displays of musical mastery made it memorable!
Look out for our Gallery of photos to be posted soon.
Sydney Koto Quintet
Friday May 5, 2017 at 12:00am – Kangaroo Valley Hall
A program of works for up to five kotos, led by Australia’s foremost koto virtuoso, Satsuki Odamura. The koto is an ancient Japanese stringed instrument with a huge dynamic and tonal range. It is long, at just under 2 meters, made from wood of the Paulownia tree and has 13 strings strung over 13 moveable bridges. The koto is a traditional Japanese instrument, featuring in the eleventh century Tales of Genji as the instrument accompanying courtly love. It has also been revived in the Meiji period to accompany western music. The program will include works by Tadao Sawai, Hikaru Sawai and Mark Isaacs.
Saturday May 6, 2017 at 12:00am – Three Views Walk
We will be doing the Wildflower Walk which takes you to an ancient rocky outcrop above the Tallowa Dam. Walkers will meet at Tallowa Dam Road and be guided by local bushwalkers Jo Keane and Allan Stone. Peter Swain, a local elder, will play didgeridoo to fill the landscape with ancient music. Location Map
Annette Tesoriero and Cathie Travers
Saturday May 6, 2017 at 12:00am – Wollanderri
Once largely confined to folk music the accordion has recently also been taking its place as a classical instrument. Cathie Travers has been a guitarist, classical pianist and avant-garde keyboardist. She is also one of Australia’s most highly regarded accordionists. Annette Tesoriero is a highly-accomplished mezzo soprano. Annette and Cathie have been working as a duo for some years and have developed a unique and lively style of program.
Ian Munro and Andrew Ford
Saturday May 6, 2017 at 12:00am – Serenata
This will be Ian Munro’s fifth Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival and his unrivalled playing makes him always welcome. Included in the program is the world premiere of In Transit, a themed solo piano recital by Ian Munro with Andrew Ford (speaker). Andrew Ford’s music has featured in festivals from Houston to Salzburg, Seoul and of course Kangaroo Valley. This intriguing program contains works about trains. Music by Rossini, Poulenc and Grainger will be among the treats.
Saturday May 6, 2017 at 12:00am – Alcheringa
A solo recital by Arts in the Valley’s favourite harpist and one of the world’s leading solo harpists. Alice has performed at festivals as far flung as Schleswig Holstein, Austin, Edinburgh and Vermont. She may still not be the most famous harpist ever - that title probably still rests with Marie Antoinette!
Goldner String Quartet
Goldner String Quartet
Saturday May 6, 2017 at 12:00am – Kangaroo Valley Hall
One of Australia’s leading chamber ensembles the GSQ need little introduction. This will be their second appearance at a Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival. They will play a program including the String Quartet by Maurice Ravel. Ravel finished the work in 1903 at a time when some at least were beginning to recognize that he was the finest French composer of his generation. Tuneful and lush, with more of a classical feel than one might expect from the time, it has remained in the chamber music repertoire ever since.
Sunday May 7, 2017 at 12:00am – Wollanderri
Cathie Travers solo accordion recital. The range of sounds the accordion can produce is often a surprise to the uninitiated. From its roots in central and eastern Europe in the early nineteenth century the accordion spread very quickly through Russia and Latin America. Composers as diverse as Tchaikovsky, Hindemith and Charles Ives have written for it. Cathie’s program will include music by Piazzola, Chopin, The Penguin Cafe Orchestra and her own compositions.
Julian Smiles and Dimity Hall
Sunday May 7, 2017 at 12:00am – Serenata
A delectable program of duos for violin and cello performed by Goldner String Quartet members Dimity Hall (violin) and Julian Smiles (cello). The program will include music from the gorgeous Sonata for Violin and Cello by Ravel. This work was first performed in 1922 and is notably packed with melodies.
Sunday May 7, 2017 at 12:00am – Alcheringa
Satsuki Odamura in a rare outing as soloist. She will play traditional music for koto and some appealing contemporary works. The koto lends itself perfectly to performances in the more intimate atmosphere of a Hausmusik venue.
Sunday May 7, 2017 at 12:00am – Kangaroo Valley Hall
This is a new ensemble created for the occasion and named after the festival theme. A harp quintet might usually be a string quartet with an added harp but here we are presenting the real thing, five harps! Alice Giles has brought together a group of five harpists which will give an opportunity to show off a broader range of music than any single harp could produce!