Arcadia Winds

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Presented by Musica Viva


Concert Cancelled: Arcadia Winds

Due to ongoing restrictions, Musica Viva regrets to advise that Arcadia Winds’ concert on Saturday 28 August has been cancelled.

All ticket holders are entitled to a full refund via their original point of purchase. If you have any questions or concerns about this concert cancellation, please contact our Ticketing Services team a

Event details

Audiences are sure to be buzzing when the vibrant Arcadia Winds take centre stage for a special one night-only concert this August.

Named Musica Viva’s inaugural FutureMakers in 2016, the years since have seen the ensemble acclaimed for their lively, intelligent music making and their passionate championing of Australian wind music. A debut EP, the launch of their own composition prize, and the creation of a unique platform for Australian wind music are just some of the group’s achievements, all underpinned by superb live performance.

For this concert, Arcadia Winds are joined by clarinettist Philip Arkinstall (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Principal Clarinet) and oboist Emmanuel Cassimatis, friends of the group who are stepping in for members David Reichelt and Lloyd Van’t Hoff. They’ll also be joined by special guest pianist Peter de Jager, known for his broad repertoire and mastery of highly exacting works. Together they’ll demonstrate the magic of the wind ensemble when enhanced by piano – the combination’s unique textures, sublime colours, and infinite expressive potential.

Works to look forward to include Mozart’s Quintet in E Flat for Piano and Winds, described by the composer as “the best work I have ever written”. Virtually unique in Mozart’s output, it plays like a piano concerto but with a four-piece orchestra and is full of the charm and energy that would characterise his later work. The Quintet is programmed alongside Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles, which balances flowing melodies with touches of humour, and Beethoven’s similarly playful Variations on Là ci darem la mano from Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Francaix’s appealing L’heure du berger, originally composed as a form of background music, joins Grainger’s Walking Tune, inspired by a hike in the Scottish Highlands, while Barber’s elegiac Canzone rounds out the program.

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Arcadia Winds


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