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James Crabb reveals highlights of Four Winds program

Internationally acclaimed Sydney based musician, James Crabb, has revealed the highlights of his inaugural program as the recently appointed Artistic Director of Australia’s iconic Four Winds Easter Festival. 

This exemplary event has evolved from modest beginnings in 1991, to a renowned celebration of music and music making, where in 2018 Crabb will present Four Winds’ most ambitious festival to date: bringing together more than 60 carefully selected artists and 10 ensembles for 26 performances at 10 stunning locations across five days, Wednesday March 28 to Sunday April 1, 2018.

At the heart of the Four Winds Festival are two full days of music presented on the venue’s main stage, its iconic 2,000-person capacity Sound Shell amphitheatre. Unique within Australia, this state-of-the art facility, is surrounded by nature, amidst 30 acres of carefully maintained natural bushland.

Over the Festival’s five days, a series of more intimate concerts will also take place at Four Winds’ Windsong Pavilion, which has been described as having one of the finest acoustics in Australia.

Four Winds’ signature House Concerts, held in landmark local private properties, are a Festival favourite, providing a rare and highly intimate opportunity to experience exquisite musicianship in an exclusive setting.

Free community performances, music installations to be discovered around the Four Winds site, and a special program for aspiring young musicians, all ensure a diverse range of opportunities for the entire community to engage with the Festival’s artists and their music.

“It’s the incredible natural environment where Four Winds takes place, which makes it such a unique event,” Crabb says. “It makes everyone feel like they’re sharing in something intimate, to be treasured.

“As a musician on stage in a concert hall, you can have the overwhelming feeling of being at the centre of everyone’s attention. Then, in contrast, when you perform in nature, you have a sense of yourself as a small part of a much bigger worldly picture.

“That’s one the main reasons that the Festival has such a great reputation amongst musicians,” Crabb continues. “They love to play here, surrounded by such extraordinary beauty. It’s incredibly humbling, connecting and rewarding.”

Crabb’s debut program will take Festival goers on a global musical journey, from early music to the current day, with well-known works from such diverse composers as Haydn, Schumann, Bach, Vivaldi, Byrd, Saint-Säens, Piazzolla, Respighi, Golijov, Pärt and Kats- Chernin, in addition to the world premiere of five new contemporary compositions.

The works will be presented by a stunning line-up of musicians including celebrated British violinist Jack Liebeck and Israeli flautist Ariel Zuckermann (Music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra), who will take to the stage alongside some of Australia’s finest solo artists – soprano Emma Pearson, pianists Tamara-Anna Cislowska and Ian Munro, harpist Alice Giles, guitarist Aleksandr Tsiboulski, and such highly regarded ensembles as the Goldner String Quartet, The Song Company, Speak Percussion and the Australian Brass Quintet.

Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival | Wednesday 28 March to Sunday 1 April 2018

Early Bird tickets are now on sale. Book by Sunday December 3, 2017 to save 15% on all ticket prices.