2019 Event 3: The Sir Arnold Bax Music Festival
August 31 @ 11:00 am - September 1 @ 4:00 pm$50
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
W. B. Yeats (1865-1939)
The inaugural Sir Arnold Bax Music Festival designed by ADO Principal Conductor, Kevin Purcell, reflects the ongoing renaissance of the music of Arnold Bax (1883-1953) that began with the Lyrita record label recordings in the early 1970s of which Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 were conducted by Maestro Purcell’s British conducting teacher, the late Myer Fredman. Having passed on his intimate knowledge of Bax’s orchestral output, Purcell has created a biennial festival to explore every aspect of this largely forgotten titan of 20th-Century British music in special curated concert performances.
The inaugural Festival (Aug.31 – Sept. 1) will feature two orchestral works composed in 1917 – the thrilling tone-poem Tintagel and the Australian premiere of the ballet suite From Dusk ‘Til Dawn – a second concert of some of Bax’s little-known chamber music; a new documentary film examining the reasons for the unjustified and inexplicable neglect of Bax’s orchestral works in orchestral concert programming to the present-day, and other still to be announced events.