Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival has announced its 2022 season lineup. The newly launched festival held its inaugural season in 2021 with the aim of bringing chamber music to audiences in a contemporary context that reflects the communities of the Sunshine Coast, showcasing repertoire classics alongside new works by contemporary Australian artists in coastal towns across southern Queensland.
“Our 2022 festival offers visitors a range of unforgettable and inspiring experiences by programming a range of world-class musicians and connecting them with the special places, people and cultures of the Sunshine Coast region,” said Lynne Bradley, artistic director of the SCCMF.
The festival begins in Maleny on Friday June 17 with a special joint Welcome to Country from Kabi Kabi Elder Aunty Helena Goulash, who is the festival’s First Nations Creative Director, and Jinibara artist Jason Murphy.
The concerts of the year begin later on June 7 with The night parrot, performed by Acacia Quartet and soprano Morgan England-Jones. Composer Jessica Wells’ work, commissioned by Katie Noonan for the Queensland Music Festival in 2019, explores the enchanting history of Queensland’s native nocturnal parrots (long thought extinct) and features projections curated by Craig Wilkinson . Prior to the performance, Wells and Wilkinson will present a special ‘In Conversation’ hour with Birdlife Australia manager Ken Cross about the work and importance of rediscovering the bird.
The concerts continue on June 18 with sunset lounge overlooking Maroochydore beach. The internationally acclaimed Wang family, featuring soloists Guillaume (cello), Keija (cello) and Mimi (piano) will be joined by Southern Cross Soloists Artist-in-Residence, Wakka Wakka musician Chris Williams to perform a wide variety of works of Haydn, Dvořák, Scriabin and Rachmaninov at sunset on the beach.
Later on June 18, the Orava Quartet will perform an intimate candlelit performance at Buderim War Memorial Hall. The quartet, made up of brothers Daniel and Karol Kowalik (violin and cello), David Dalseno (violin) and Thomas Chawner (viola), has quickly gained an international reputation in recent years for their intense and nuanced interpretations.
Audiences will head outside on Sunday June 19 to the Buderim Amphitheater for the final concert of the main festival, sing the country. A conversation between First Nations and classical music, the special closing event will feature renowned classical ensemble Topology alongside First Nations artists Jessie Lloyd, Troy Brady, Ari Ingram, Jem Cassar-Daley, Lyndon Davis, Helena Goulash and Deline Briscoe in a powerful crossover event celebrating Sunshine Coast culture.
Apart from the festival itself, Lunch on a long table July 30 in Maleny features a captivating performance by artists Melissa Western and Shenzo Gregorio, paired with a three-hour meal in the beautiful surroundings of the Maleny hinterland.
The SCCMF is also hosting two special free community concerts at Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Churches of Christ Sunshine Coast Home Care, bringing music to people in the community who otherwise could not access it. The concerts, both on July 14, feature pianist Francis Atkins, a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium, and violinist Julia Hill, performing cheerful works by Satie, Debussy and Rachmaninoff.
For more information on the 2022 Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival season, visit sccmf.com.au