Convent Live presents: Exotic Tales from Arcadia Winds
Enjoy an intimate concert with Arcadia Winds, one of Australia’s most exciting wind ensembles, in the atmospheric surrounds of the Abbotsford Convent’s historic Industrial School.
Join Arcadia Winds on a journey across the world, telling the stories of different times and civilisations. Traverse folk tales from Roumania, French fairy tales, catchy South American dance party scenes and more, all in this short musical expedition!
Béla Bartók Roumanian Folk Dances
Claude Debussy Petite Suite
Ludwig van Beethoven Sextet Op. 71 (arr. Wind Quintet)
Julio Medaglia Suite ‘Belle Epoque in Sud-America’
Arcadia Winds are trailblazers for Australian wind music. Awarded a fellowship at the Australian National Academy of Music upon their formation in late 2013, they became Musica Viva Australia's inaugural FutureMakers musicians from 2015–17. They have brought their brand of energetic, joyful and spontaneous performance to festival stages in almost every state and territory in the country, as well as concert halls across mainland China, and to listeners around the world through broadcasts of the BBC Proms Australia chamber music series. They have also reveled in musical partnerships with internationally renowned performers including the Australian String Quartet, piano virtuosi Lambert Orkis, Paavali Jumppanen and Anna Goldsworthy, and woodwind masters Ole Kristian Dahl and Thorsten Johanns.
A desire to celebrate and promote Australian music has led Arcadia Winds to commission and perform works by composers such as Elliott Gyger, Natalie Williams, Lachlan Skipworth, Kate Neal and Elizabeth Younan. In 2017, they recorded Lachlan Skipworth's Echoes and Lines on their debut self-titled EP, released in partnership with ABC Classics and Musica Viva. Equally focused on inspiring a love of, and participation in, wind music in the next generation, Arcadia Winds have recently developed an hour-long show for the Musica Viva In Schools (MVIS) program. Entitled The Air I Breathe, it will showcase the magical transformation of breath into music to thousands of schoolchildren over the next three years.
In 2018 Arcadia Winds will bring their music to a wider audience than ever before. Concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Peninsula Summer Music Festival, tours of New South Wales and Victoria, residencies at several Australian universities, schools shows with MVIS, and the continued development of their online Australian Wind Music Portal mean that if you haven't heard of Arcadia Winds yet, you soon will!
Exotic Tales from Arcadia Winds is presented as part of Convent Live, a new year-round performing arts series of concerts and performances presented in the Convent’s signature intimate and unique venues. Convent Live is a chance to enjoy a diverse range of performances up close and personal with talented local, national and international performers.
For enquires about music and sound performances and partnerships, contact the Abbotsford Convent Foundation’s Producer, Chloe Weavers.