Spring Music ’14 was held over two days in August 2014 and featured internationally renowned artists as well as much loved local performers, plus the wonderful young performers of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

Saturday 23 August

Spring Music ’14 began with a ‘triangular’ program of three contrasting elements, each based on Beethoven’s famous Kreutzer Sonata.

Two of Australia’s finest musicians, Elizabeth Sellars (violin) and Amir Farid (piano), performed Beethoven’s dramatic masterpiece.

Local Castlemaine actor and national treasure John Flaus then gave his personal account of Tolstoy’s novella Kreutzer Sonata. John was instantly recognisable for his appearances in the ABC’s Jack Irish series.

Tolstoy’s novella inspired Czech composer Leos Janacek, whose lifelong dramatic and tumultuous affair with Kamila Sosslova, married and forty years his junior, reminded him of Tolstoy’s tragic story: “I had in mind a miserable woman, suffering, beaten, wretched, like Tolstoy wrote about in his Kreutzer Sonata.”

The ambience of the Castlemaine Art Gallery was just perfect for this unique and intimate program.

Sunday 24 August

Artistic Director Marco van Pagee said of the Sunday program, “I feel privileged that as a mentor, teacher and conductor, I’ve had the opportunity over many years to have worked with some of Australia’s most committed and gifted young musicians. The VCA Secondary School (VCASS), a school for talented musicians and dancers, always has been special to me.

On Sunday at the Kyneton Town Hall, Central Victorians will have the unique opportunity to hear the wonderful VCASS orchestra.  In addition, the VCASS dancers will perform the premiere of Opus 47 (music by Elgar), a stunning ballet choreographed by internationally renowned choreographer Jonathan Taylor. I hope you will enjoy the intimacy of the Saturday concert in Castlemaine and the exuberance of a full symphony orchestra with the VCASS dancers on Sunday in Kyneton.”

Hear it live.  See it live.  Be impressed!