The SEMF Bendigo weekend has now become a popular feature of the region’s cultural year, and with the 2018 edition we are delighted to respond to the demand and expand its scope by extending the program to include a Sunday morning concert too! Our artist lineup is once again top-flight and unique, featuring such dazzling and loved Australia-based artists as Andrew Haveron, Ian Munro, Tobias Breider and Caroline Almonte. They are joined by our international guest, Stephen Stirling, one of Europe’s finest horn soloists and chamber musicians, and principal horn with the legendary Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Committed as we are to promoting outstanding young talent as well, we are thrilled to invite Zoe Freisberg to join us this year. She has already established an enviable reputation as soloist with leading Australian orchestras, an ACO Emerging Artist, and as a sought-after chamber musician. She will be featured in the new Sunday morning recital, as well as performing alongside our established artists on Friday and Saturday.

The program includes sensational works by Suk and Saint-Saens, as well as Arensky’s gorgeously lyrical and dramatic quartet for the unusual combination of violin, viola and two cellos. Stephen will shine in Haydn’s sparkling Concerto, and the Dunhill Cornucopia, a group of gorgeous romantic salon pieces. Ian and Caroline will provide a luxury afternoon of piano four-hand gems, and we will of course continue with our now traditional cushion concert, coffee concert and master class.
Our thanks go once again to the City of Bendigo for its continued support of this growing event, making the City’s glorious venues sing with enticing and inspiring world-class music-making – we do hope you can join us!

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Friday 20th April
Location: Bendigo Art Gallery
6.30pm Welcome Glass of Sanguine Wine
7.30pm Welcome Concert $37/$35
Suk – Piano Trio in C minor Op. 2 (Zoe, Chris, Ian)
Dunhill – Cornucopia Op. 95 (Stephen, Ian)
Saint-Saëns – Piano Quartet Op. 41 (Andrew, Tobias, Howard and Ian)

Saturday 21st April
10.00am Master class
Location: Capital Theatre
11.00am Coffee Concert
Location: Capital Theatre
Miklós Rózsa – String Trio Op.1 (Andrew, Tobias, Chris)
2.00pm Piano Duo recital with Ian Munro and Caroline Almonte
Location: Capital Theatre
Mendelssohn- Hebrides Overture Op. 26
Schumann – Bilder aus Osten, Op.66
Jensen – Hochzeitsmusik, Op.45
Schubert – 3 Marches militaires, D.733
6.45pm Welcome Glass of Sanguine Wine
7.30pm Gala Concert $37/$35
Location: Ulumbarra Theatre
Haydn – String Quartet C major Hob. III:72
Haydn – Horn Concerto No 2 in D major Hob. VII (Steve, Andrew, Zoe, Tobias, Howard, Chris)
Arensky String Quartet No 2 in A minor Op 35 (Andrew, Tobias, Howard, Chris)

Sunday 22nd April
11.00am Violin Recital with Zoe Freisberg and Ian Munro
Schubert – Rondo for Violin in A Major D438
Brahms – Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor Op. 108
Ysaye – Caprice d’apres l’Etude en forme de Valse de Saint-Saens