Coriole Music Festival Artistic Director, Anna Goldsworthy, has announced the program for her first Festival which encompasses two days of chamber music, fine food, wine, and conviviality amid the autumn tones of McLaren Vale. Regarded as among the top three chamber music festivals in Australia and now in its twenty-first year, the 2019 Coriole Music Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th May at the Coriole Vineyards, Chaffeys Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia.
The 2019 program includes the world premiere of a new work by Jakub Jankowski and the Australian premiere of a work by Luke Styles along with performances of music by Mozart, Mendelssohn, JS Bach, Saint-Saens, Schubert, Korngold and Chopin. Until 21 December the Festival is offering early-bird prices on all 2019 program tickets across all packages. Anna Goldsworthy said, ‘Much has been written about the concept of Late Style, but at the Coriole Music Festival this year we celebrate the exact opposite: Early Style.
Charles Rosen described Mendelssohn as ‘the greatest child prodigy the history of Western music has ever known,’ and the program is book-ended by two of his early masterworks: the Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and his glorious Octet. In between, we program works by fellow wunderkinder Mozart, Saint-Saëns, and Korngold, which marry precocious mastery to the energy of youth. We also celebrate early works by other composers in which a clear artistic vision comes into focus, often with genre-defining consequences: Bach’s cantata Actus Tragicus; Schubert’s song Die schöne Müllerin, and a selection of Chopin’s Études Op. 10.
‘It is a great thrill to present two young Australian voices at Coriole, with the Australian premiere of Luke Styles’ song cycle On Bunyah, fresh from its Wigmore Hall debut, and a brand-new commission by South Australia’s own Jakub Jankowski, courtesy of the Coriole Music Festival Commissioning Fund.‘We also welcome distinguished visitors from interstate and abroad, including the celebrated Flinders Quartet from Melbourne, the charismatic Berlin-based tenor Michael Smallwood, and distinguished Adelaide-born soprano Miriam Gordon, now based in the US, while celebrating the rich pickings of artistic talent closer to home with violinists Elizabeth Layton and Helen Ayres, pianists Konstantin Shamray and Lucinda Collins, and the musicians of Adelaide Baroque’.
Tickets are available for the entire 2019 Coriole Music Festival weekend or for Saturday or Sunday programs only and may be purchased online at https://coriolemusicfestival.com/ or firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning Coriole Music Festival ticketing on (08) 8410 7961.
Weekend Package (4th and 5th May) $425 per person
Includes all concerts and meals. $405 early bird
Saturday Package (4 May) $315 per person
Includes both Saturday’s concerts and meals. $300 early bird
Sunday Package (5 May) $170 per person
Includes Sunday’s morning concert and lunch.
Twenty-years-ago the Coriole Music Festival was conceived by the Lloyd and Burrell families as a celebration of fine music in the McLaren Vale wine region. The Festival is today administrated and produced by the McLaren Vale Music Festival Association, a newly formed not-for-profit organisation chaired by Mark de Raad with Mark Lloyd, Libby Raupach, Robert Pontifex and Veronica Aldridge as board members.
In 2018 the McLaren Vale Music Festival Association commenced the Coriole Music Festival Commissioning Fund, which seeks donations to support at least one new composition in every future Festival. Click here for more details.
First held in 1999, the Coriole Music Festival is now an annual event on the first weekend of May. Coriole was established by the Lloyd Family in 1967. The Coriole vineyards date from 1919, late 1960s, and early 1990s, and the main variety produced is Shiraz. Wines are estate-produced and sold in many countries around the world.