The Fourth Peninsula Summer Music Festival
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The Fourth Peninsula Summer Music Festival

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This summer the churches, vineyards and restaurants of the Mornington Peninsula will be filled with the glorious sounds of intimate chamber music, Bach cantatas, 18th century opera and balmy twilight jazz during the 4th Peninsula Summer Music Festival.

This summer the churches, vineyards and restaurants of the Mornington Peninsula will be filled with the glorious sounds of intimate chamber music, Bach cantatas, 18th century opera and balmy twilight jazz during the 4th Peninsula Summer Music Festival.

Under the artistic direction of Julia Fredersdorff, the eight day festival offers something for everyone, with 16 concerts in Red Hill, Mornington, Mount Eliza, Flinders and Shoreham, with performances by over 40 musicians, both local and international. The 2011 concert series showcases the versatility of the human voice with music drawn from five centuries of English, German, French, Spanish and Italian vocal art song, from operatic and cabaret traditions.

Experience Baroque opera with masterpieces from 18th century France – Rameau’s Pygmalion and Clerambault’s La Muse de l’Opera. Acclaimed French conductor Martin Gester will lead the Soloists and Orchestra of the Festival Academy. A festival favourite returns for two nights only – Cantatas by Candelight – featuring baritone David Greco and historical flautist Georgia Browne. Or experience Songs Without Words, a dazzling performance of French harpsichord works by Aline Zylberajch and Stile Moderno, music from 17th century Italy designed to inspire the senses and inflame the passions, performed by Baroque trio Latitude 37 and guest soprano Siobhan Stagg, and Simon Martyn-Ellis (theorbo and guitar).

Australian and international artists performing include Laura Vaughan, Paul Wright, David Selig, Simon Martyn-Ellis, Martin Gester, Julia Fredersdorff and Ruth Wilkinson. Combine the joys of Mornington Peninsula’s finest food and wines with music at special culinary events, starting with a Gala Opening dinner at Montalto on January 4. The festival will end on the lawn at Montalto with a twilight jazz performance from vocalist Sarah McKenzie and her Trio.

The 2011 Peninsula Summer Music Festival runs from January 4 to 11, 2011. For more information please head to peninsulafestival.com.au, or please call the Frankston Arts Centre Box Office on 9784 1060.