Port Fairy Spring Music Festival line-up in full bloom

Kate Miller-Heidke

Kate Miller-Heidke

ICONIC Australian musicians Kate Miller-Heidke, Vince Jones, and Paul Grabowsky are among the diverse acts lined up for this year’s Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.

The acclaimed event has compiled another top-shelf mix of works both old and new.

The festival will open on October 13 with a school’s performance of music from the movies at the Reardon Theatre. 

The opening gala that night at Southcombe Park Stadium will feature the world premiere of Tara Tiba’s My Mother’s Mother, a piece that combines three vocalists (Iranian, Celtic and Indigenous) detailing the migrations that brought people to Australia.

Other first night highlights will be a live score of 1928 silent film Pandora’s Box at the Reardon Theatre, and an evening of international folk songs led by ARIA Award-winner Kavisha Mazzella.

Award-winning vocalist Miller-Heidke will be a drawcard on Saturday night, as will the pairing of Australian jazz legends Jones and Grabowsky, who will perform tracks from their ARIA Award-winning album Provenance.

Across the weekend, fans of classical music will be treated to performances of pieces written by Schumann, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, Mozart, Puccini, Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak, Strauss, Shostakovich, Vitali, Tchaikovsky, and Debussy. 

There will also be rare collaborations and unique concerts.

The story of a Russian leader and his favourite pianist will come to life in Stalin’s Piano, Stephen Pigram teams with the Australian String Quartet to combine western art music and indigenous song lines, Canadian Alexandre Da Costa performs on a 1701 Stradivarius, and there will be a night of swing standards as performed by The Furbelows.

Some concerts are selling fast but you can purchase tickets here.