Wilma and Friends

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Wilma & Friends 2019 in Oz, NZ and USA

In 2019, four W&F groups will perform in Melbourne, around Victoria and in New Zealand. A 5th will participate in a World Indigenous Music collaborative residency at Brandeis University in Boston.

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In 2019, five Wilma & Friends groups perform in Melbourne, around Victoria, New Zealand and the US.

A piano trio kicks off in Feb/March in Nelson at the prestigious Adam Chamber Music Festival, Christchurch and Wellington with one-only Melbourne concert at the Lyrebird Music Society. Ian Munro, Anna Pokorny and Wilma Smith will include Ian’s Piano Trio and NZ composer Gareth Farr’s Mondo Rondo. In late March, three W&F artists involved with 2018’s major Reconciliation project, including Ian Munro, will further develop cross-cultural collaboration at the invitation of Brandeis University’s MusicUniteUS program in Boston www.brandeis.edu/musicunitesus. The week-long, university-wide residency will feature Indigenous practitioners/composers Horomona Horo www.horomonahoro.com and Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate hjerodtate.com with Ian. Thanks to our Scotch College partner, three more groups of charismatic artists from all career stages will perform at the beautiful Ian Roach Hall in May, August and November.

Chamber music is at the heart of every musical endeavour, whether orchestral, solo or small-group. Very few musicians make a living just playing what we usually recognise as chamber music but opportunities to intensively explore the wealth of the canon with kindred spirits is vital for sustaining and nourishing the best musicians we produce, at any stage of their journeys. W&F plays a small but important role in providing such opportunities, carefully match-making groups that will produce chemistry together and giving brilliant younger colleagues the opportunity to shine, invigorate and be mentored. To keep ticket prices affordable for all, it has always been the case that chamber music depends on the support of passionate, altruistic people who value it as highly as the musicians themselves and who don’t want to live without it. W&F asks for help to ensure that this beloved art form of ours is fed and watered so that it lives to nourish us all and future generations. The music will never die but our culture needs sustaining support.

W&F asks for support of its three subscription concerts with regional outreach, plus help with the NZ tour costs and the 20%-of-budget commitment to cover fees for the four Australasian artists participating in the Brandeis University MusicUnitesUS residency. Brandeis’s 80% contribution will cover all our travel and accommodation expenses plus fees for the US participants. Our 3-concert subscription series at Scotch College begins in May with a piano quartet years in planning due to demands on the time of the three guest artists, Christopher Moore, Timo-Veikko Valve and Stefan Cassomenos – it will be the first time all four musicians have played together as a quartet. The next two concerts will each feature a special wind player with string quartet, in August, the extraordinary young oboist, Thomas Hutchinson, recent international competition prizewinner appointed Associate Principal of the MSO at 21 , then in November, AWO and SSO’s saxophonist of choice, Christina Leonard. More information here: wilmaandfriends.com.au

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Since 2012, Wilma Smith has been bringing together musical friends from all over Australia and around the world in new and lively combinations to play an eclectic range of music from favourites to commissions and world premieres.

A feature of Wilma & Friends concerts is the energising combination of renowned musicians with rising stars of the new generation.