11 – 18 August 2018

Bendigo Festival

Orchestra Victoria returns for the fourth annual Bendigo Festival, a unique and engaging week-long festival that that brings one of the country’s finest orchestras back to the City of Greater Bendigo.

From August 11 – 18, the musicians of Orchestra Victoria will present chamber music concerts across the City of Greater Bendigo, and aspiring young musicians from throughout the region will rehearse and perform alongside orchestra members in the On the mOVe! Education Program. The week will culminate in a captivating orchestral concert at Ulumbarra Theatre, Love and Hate, featuring the Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story' by Leonard Bernstein and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E, conducted by Orchestra Victoria’s Artistic Director, Nicolette Fraillon AM and featuring Menuhin Competition winner, 10 year old violinist Christian Li.

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A journey through the beauty, romance and drama of symphonic music

Love and Hate

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FULL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

8 days, 17 concerts
One captivating music festival

  • FRIDAY 10 AUGUST

    Bendigo Writer’s Festival Pop-up

    Location: Ulumbarra Theatre Foyer
    Performance: 7:15pm
    Repertoire:
    Dvorak – Cypresses, B.11
    Puccini – Crisantemi, SC 65.
    FREE

  • SATURDAY 11 AUGUST

    Where words fail, music speaks ~ Hans Christian Andersen 

    Location: Mia Mia Mechanics’ Institute, Valley Road, Mia Mia
    Performance: 7:30pm
    Repertoire:
    Dvorak – Cypresses, B.11
    Puccini – Crisantemi, SC 65.
    Puccini – Tosca (abridged)
    Schubert – Overture in C minor for String Quintet, D8 
    Post-event: Supper and meet the musicians 
    FREE
    Bookings:
    Yes, secure your seat here

    This concert is supported by the Regional Centre for Culture Program, a Victorian Government initiative in partnership with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and the City of Greater Bendigo.

  • SUNDAY 12 AUGUST

    Music in the soul can be heard by the universe ~ Lao Tzu 

    Location: Goornong Memorial Hall, 32 Railway Place South, Goornong
    Performance: 2:30pm
    Repertoire:
    Ravel – Introduction and Allegro
    Sculthorpe – String Quartet No.11 ‘Jaribu Dreaming’ - Deciso
    Mozart – Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581
    Post-event: Afternoon tea and meet the musicians 
    FREE

    This concert is supported by the Regional Centre for Culture Program, a Victorian Government initiative in partnership with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and the City of Greater Bendigo.

  • MONDAY 13 AUGUST

    If music be the food of love: Mozart meets Mendelssohn 

    Location: St Paul’s Cathedral, 8 Myers Street, Bendigo
    Performance: 2:00pm
    Repertoire:
    Mendelssohn – Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20
    Mozart – Oboe Quartet in F major, K.370
    Post-event: Afternoon tea and meet the musicians
    FREE

     

    A soul to the universe ~ Plato  

    Location: Sacred Heart Cathedral, MacKenzie Street, Bendigo 
    Performance: 7:00pm
    The Orchestra Victoria Brass Ensemble perform a program featuring works for antiphonal brass, originally written for St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, conducted by Maestro Simon Thew 
    Repertoire:
    Buonamante - Sonata in D minor
    Gabrieli – Canzon Septimi Toni a8
    Gabrieli – Sonata XIII
    Gabrieli – Canzon in Echo a10 Ch180
    Gabrieli – Canzon XVI a12 Ch209
    Mahler – Urlicht from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    Rameau – Overture from Dardanus
    Bablon – Batteries de timbales​
    Susato – Susato Suite- Six Dances from "The Danserye”
    Bach arr Mowat – Brandenburg Concerto no.3: I. Allegro Moderato
    FREE

  • TUESDAY 14 AUGUST

    Expressing the inexpressible ~ Aldous Huxley

    Location: Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo
    Performance: 12:00pm
    Repertoire:
    Mozart – Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581
    Sculthorpe – String Quartet No.11 ‘Jaribu Dreaming’ - Deciso
    Telemann – Scherzi melodichi for violin, viola and bass
    FREE
    Bookings: 
    Yes, contact 5434 6088 or bendigoartgallery@bendigo.vic.gov.au to secure your seat

    Peter and the Wolf

    Location: Bendigo Library, 259 Hargreaves St, Bendigo 
    Performance: 2:00pm
    Repertoire:
    Prokofiev arr. Linckelmann – Peter and the Wolf
    FREE
     

    Tragedy, Comedy and Life in Between

    Location: Elmore Memorial Hall 
    Performance: 7:00pm
    Repertoire:
    Mozart – Oboe Quartet in F major, K.370
    Handel/Halvorsen – Passacaglia for Double Bass and Viola after Handel's Suite in G minor 
    Puccini – Crisantemi, SC 65. 
    Puccini – Tosca (abridged)
    Post-event: Supper and meet the musicians 
    FREE

  • WEDNESDAY 15 AUGUST

    Cushion Concert 

    The perfect way for pre-schoolers and their parents/carers to experience live performance in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere
    Location: Bendigo Bank Theatre, The Capital, 50 View St, Bendigo
    Performance: 10:30am
    Repertoire:
    Edwards – Ecstatic Dances for Flute and Clarinet
    Sculthorpe – String Quartet No.11 ‘Jaribu Dreaming’: Deciso
    Mozart – Sonata in B-flat Major for Cello and Bassoon, K. 292, I. Allegro
    Villa-Lobos – The Jet Whistle, W498: IV. Prestissimo
    Jacob – Two pieces for two oboes and cor anglais: II. Allegro giacoso
    Meyer arr. Stuart Riley – Etienne et Petunia
    FREE
    Bookings: Yes, however please note that bookings are not essential. Click here to secure your seat



    Peter and the Wolf

    Location: Bendigo Library, 259 Hargreaves St, Bendigo 
    Performance: 2:00pm
    Repertoire:
    Prokofiev arr. Linckelmann – Peter and the Wolf
    FREE

     

    Orchestra Victoria Goes Underground 

    Location: Central Deborah Gold Mine, 76 Violet St, Bendigo
    Performance: 5:00pm
    Repertoire:
    Edwards – Ecstatic Dances for Flute and Clarinet
    Villa-Lobos – The Jet Whistle, W498
    Gershwin arr. Colnot – Someone to watch over me 
    Gershwin – Lullaby for String Quartet 
    Mozart – Sonata in B-flat Major for Cello and Bassoon, K. 292, I. Allegro
    Mozart – Mozart duo for 2 violins Op.70 no.1 in B flat major
    Schnyder – Two Hebrew Months (Tammuz + Kislev)
    Handel arr. Schnyder – Trio Sonata in F, Op. 5 No.6, HWV 401
    Bookings essential: to book call Central Deborah Gold Mine on 03 5443 8255 during office hours
    FREE
     


    Tragedy, Comedy and Life in Between 

    Opera-inspired chamber music program, followed by screening of Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep
    Location: Star Cinema, Eaglehawk Town Hall, Peg Leg Road, Eaglehawk
    Performance: 7:00pm
    Film Screening (optional): 8:30pm – 10:30pm
    Repertoire:
    Dvorak – Cypresses, B.11
    Beethoven – Variations for 2 Oboes and English Horn in C on Mozart's 'La ci darem la mano' WoO28
    Puccini – Crisantemi, SC 65.
    Puccini – Tosca (abridged)

    Interval: Meet the musicians 
    Bookings: Yes, click here to secure your seat
    Adults: $28 | Members/Concession: $22 | Seniors: $20 | Under 16: $16 | Family: $60

  • THURSDAY 16 AUGUST

    Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering Haruki Murakami 

    Location: Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View St, Bendigo
    Performance: 12:00pm
    Repertoire:
    Reicha – Octet in E-flat major, Op.96
    Gershwin arr. Colnot – Someone to watch over me
    Gershwin – Lullaby for String Quartet
    Bookings: Yes, contact 5434 6088 or bendigoartgallery@bendigo.vic.gov.au to secure your seat
    FREE  
     

    The very winds whispered in soothing accents, and maternal Nature bade me weep no moreMary Shelley 

    Location: St John’s Church, Heathcote 
    Performance: 2:00pm
    Repertoire:
    Handel arr. Schnyder – Trio Sonata in F, Op. 5 No.6, HWV 401
    Schnyder – Two Hebrew Months (Tammuz + Kislev)
    Handel/Halvorsen – Passacaglia for Double Bass and Viola after Handel's Suite in G minor
    Mozart – Mozart duo for 2 violins Op.70 no.1 in B flat major
    Johnson – Failing: A Very Difficult Piece for Solo String Bass
    Telemann – Scherzi melodichi for violin, viola and bass
    Post-event: Afternoon tea and meet the musicians
    FREE
     

    On the mOVe! Student Orchestral Performance

    Location: Ulumbarra Theatre, 10 Gaol Road, Bendigo
    Time: 6:30pm 
    FREE

  • FRIDAY 17 AUGUST

    Music brings a warm glow to my vision, thawing mind and muscle from their endless wintering ~ Haruki Murakami 

    Location: Long Gully Uniting Church 
    Performance: 12:00pm
    Repertoire:
    Gershwin arr. Colnot – Someone to watch over me
    Gershwin – Lullaby for String Quartet
    Reicha – Octet in E-flat major, Op.96
    Post-event: Afternoon tea and meet the musicians 
    FREE
     

    Music is definitely the answer, I don’t remember the question

    Location: Bendigo TAFE 18eightyseven restaurant
    Performance: 2:00pm
    Beethoven – Variations for 2 Oboes and English Horn in C on Mozart's 'La ci darem la mano' WoO28 
    Handel arr. Schnyder – Trio Sonata in F, Op. 5 No.6, HWV 401
    Schnyder – Two Hebrew Months (Tammuz + Kislev)
    Handel/Halvorsen – Passacaglia for Double Bass and Viola after Handel's Suite in G minor
    Jacob – Two pieces for two oboes and cor anglais
    Johnson – Failing: A Very Difficult Piece for Solo String Bass
    Schocker – “Flusooning” (Unexpected Romance) for Flute and Bassoon
    FREE
     

    Orchestral Concert Rehearsal

    Location: Ulumbarra Theatre
    Time: 5:00pm

  • SATURDAY 18 AUGUST

    OPEN Dress Rehearsal

    Watch Orchestra Victoria in final rehearsal for the evening performance at the Ulumbarra Theatre
    Location: Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo 
    Time: 
    11:00am
    FREE 
     

    Closing Concert: Love and Hate 

    Orchestra Victoria unites for the final full orchestral concert of the Bendigo Festival, performing works by Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Vaughan-Williams, and Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. 
    Conducted by Nicolette Fraillon AM, and featuring Menuhin Competition winner, 10 year old violinist Christian Li, the music will explore the emotional extremities of love and hate and the impact of these on human existence across centuries. 

    Join us for a powerful and moving journey.

    Time: 8:00pm 
    Location: Ulumbarra Theatre, 10 Gaol Road, Bendigo
    Bookings: Yes, secure your seat here
    Adults: $35 | Concession: $30 | Student: $16
    Program: 
    BERNSTEIN – Symphonic Dances from 'West Side Story' 
    VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS – Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis  
    RACHMANINOFF – The Isle of the Dead Op.29
    MENDELSSOHN – Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 – Soloist: Christian Li

  • VENUE GUIDE

    Bendigo Art Gallery  
    42 View Street, Bendigo 

    Bendigo Library 
    259 Hargreaves St, Bendigo 

    Bendigo TAFE 
    Entry at 136 McCrae St, Bendigo 

    Elmore Memorial Hall 
    63 Hervey Street, Elmore 

    Goornong Memorial Hall 
    32 Railway Place South (Midland Hwy), Goornong 

    Long Gully Uniting Church 
    26 Wilson St, Long Gully 

    Mia Mia Mechanic's Institute 
    Valley Road, Mia Mia  

    Sacred Heart Cathedral 
    Corner Wattle St & Mackenzie St, Bendigo  

    Star Cinema 
    Peg Leg Road, Eaglehawk 

    St Paul's Cathedral 
    8 Myers Street, Bendigo 

    St John's Church 
    165 High St, Heathcote 

We thank our partners

  • Principal Regional Partner
  • OV - Creative Victoria Government Partner
  • OV - William Buckland Foundation Philanthropic Partner