April 29 2011
I’m currently up in Sydney for the 2011 Musica Viva Festival, taking some quick & dirty video snapshots as an insight to what’s going on. For a full list of the videos click here, or you can check out ABC Classic FM’s microsite. Videos feature a range of musicians – Festival artists, AYO students, audience members, and a look behind the scenes.
There is quite a diversity of activity here – the Australian Youth Orchestra are running a chamber music program in conjunction with the Festival, with masterclasses from Festival Artists Pekka Kuusisto, the Eggner Trio, Takács Quartet, and Goldner String Quartet. I’m particularly looking forward to the Takács’ complete Bartók cycle (who wouldn’t?!?!); and George Crumb’s Black Angels on Sunday – I’m not sure when it has last been performed in Australia, but I presume the opportunity to hear it doesn’t come too often.