From the music of Bach and Mozart to the music of today, this festival was borne from a desire to present concerts of music that I am passionate about alongside some of Australia’s leading arts practitioners in intimate settings throughout the city of Brisbane.
The annual Brisbane Music Festival is an ambitious and stylistically diverse undertaking. It encompasses a cultural offering to the city of Brisbane whose ultimate aim is that of contributing vibrancy to the fabric of the Australian arts scene. In addition to presenting much loved works from the classical canon, there is a dual focus of commissioning new Australian works and projects include collaborations across art-forms including theatre and dance.
It is my extreme pleasure to be curating the first iteration of the Brisbane Music Festival in December 2018.
The 2018 festival features six concerts alternating between venues in Milton and New Farm featuring works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Gershwin, Sondheim, Kurtag, Janacek, Bartok, Messiaen, Morton Feldman, Chris Dench, Samantha Wolf, Lisa Cheney, Kate Moore, Liam Flenady, Damien Ricketson, Enno Poppe and Beat Furrer.
A major feature of the 2019 festival is a project entitled ‘bloodpaths’, a collaborative initiative for music and dance featuring leading Indigenous dancer/choreographer Katina Olsen and a team of 24 of Australia’s most fascinating composers comprising; Lyle Chan, Lachlan Skipworth, Paul Dean, Elliott Gyger, Gerard Brophy, Pedro Alvarez, Michael Bakrncev, Jakob Bragg, Austin Buckett, Heidi Chan, Lisa Cheney, David Chisholm, Connor D’Netto, Peter de Jager, Cat Hope, Jasmin Leung, Benjamin Marks, Kate Moore, Alex Wozniak, Damien Ricketson, John Rotar, Jodie Rottle, Elaine Seeto and Yitzhak Yedid.
I am seeking funds to contribute to the presentation of the 2018 festival, plus partial funding for the new works featured in the 2019 festival (supplemented by government funding sources and significant in-kind support). Expenses include artist fees, venue hire, commission fees, creative development costs for 2019 projects, flights costs and marketing.
It is my hope that this festival is able to generate the financial support necessary for its realisation as an annual event. In future years I envisage streaming of concerts (pay-per-view) to broaden the scope for audience capacity to a limitless national and international audience.
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