Sariah Xu of the Armilla Quartet performs at the launch of the 2016 Bangalow Music Festival.
Sariah Xu of the Armilla Quartet performs at the launch of the 2016 Bangalow Music Festival. Marc Stapelberg

Faster, higher, stronger for this music festival

THE 2016 Bangalow Music Festival is looking likely to top all previous festivals with the mantra ‘faster, higher, stronger’ and a focus on exploring the outstanding musical achievements inspired over the last 400 years.

The line-up of acts for the 15th festival are a testament to this and include Ilya Konovalov, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, The Orava Quartet, Kristian Chong and many others.

But it is primarily the pieces chosen that will reflect the enormous feats of musical accomplishments that humanity has achieved and ultimately the theme for this year’s festival.

Creative Director Tania Frazer said that like sport there are many stories of musicians and composers overcoming physical and mental challenges, pushing technical boundaries and personal limitations and surviving the social and financial struggles in order to reach towards achieving perfection in their art form.

“When you think of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, which was considered unplayable for years after it was first written, you can see these artists were the core protagonists who propelled the evolution of classical music through the centuries to reach unattainable heights,” she said.

Pieces by Paganini,including 24 Caprices op. 1 No. 5, Liszt, Chopin, Rossini, Jeffery Agrell, Marianelli, Finzi, Mozart, Golijov, Chausson, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 35, Copland, Barber, and many others will make up the program this year.

Festival patron Peter Thompson called into focus the importance of such events to local communities and younger generations where a smorgasbord of easy entertainment can dilute the beauty and satisfaction of genuinely engaging in pioneering and sometimes difficult pieces of art.

“The blessing is that this music challenges us and takes us on a journey,” Mr Thompson said.

“The Bangalow Music Festival remains the pre-eminent cultural event in the Northern Rivers, and I’m very proud to be apart of it,” he said.



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