The Port Fairy Spring Music Festivalopening will be sung inGunditjmara language, merging western and Aboriginal cultures.
The specially commissioned work, titledSixSeasons, was written byGunditjmara man Corey Theatre.
Port Fairy Spring Music Festival director Iain Grandage is looking forward to this year’s event.
It will be performed by indigenous musician Archie Roach andPort Fairy primaryschool choirs.
The festival, to be held in October,was launched atHorti Hall,Melbourne on Monday byCreative Industries ministerMartin Foley.
Festival directorIain Grandage said it was exciting to finally release the program.
He said the Opening Gala’sSix Seasons shedlight on the transformations of country that the indigenous changes of season brought. It willbe followed by a recomposition of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons byMax Richter.
“It’s western and indigenous music standing side-by-side,” Grandage said.
He said the festival had astrong community focus withsouth-west residentsparticipatingin the festival’sopening and closing events.
In the closing event, Victorian Opera will perform a reinvention of The Pied Piper of Hamelin,written by Victorian Opera artistic director Richard Mills.
It will feature Port Fairy primary school studentsandadultchoirs from Port Fairy, Warrnambool and Hamilton.
Other highlights include Siren Songs featuringDeborahCheetham, Meow Meow and Katie Noonan,who will be accompanied by Grandage and other festival musicians.
The three-dayprogram features 24 performances includingdrama, orchestral and choral music, jazz, opera, dance and a free open-air performance.
Deputy chairwoman Jennifer Whitehead said Grandagewastakingthe festival into a “new, contemporary and very relevant direction”.
“Iain will continue to provide exciting new ways to link music of current times with music of the past and from other cultures,” Mrs Whitehead said.
“His imagination and energy seem boundless.”
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