50 days until the Musica Viva Festival – featuring Pekka Kuusisto
With only 50 days to go until the Musica Viva Festival, it’s all starting to feel very real! One of many highlights promises to be Pekka Kuusisto, performing a diverse range of works throughout the Festival, as well as participating in a number of open rehearsals. Pekka wants to open up the rehearsal process and give the audience a chance to experience a work and an ensemble’s evolution over the course of many days. What a chance to get an insight into the mind of this phenomenal musician.
When Pekka toured for Musica Viva in 2008 he presented a diverse program of works old and new. His Festival program is no less diverse, including Beethoven’s well known and loved ‘Spring’ Sonata; Vanessa Lann’s contemporary take on this work Springs Eternal; Schubert’s dramatic Octet; Crumb’s powerful Black Angels; and a special performance of Finnish tango, jazz and improvisation featuring Pekka’s close friend and colleague Iiro Rantalla.
In between all this Pekka will be mentoring 33 of Australia’s best and brightest young chamber musicians, as Artist In Residence at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Chamber Players program.
Pekka Kuusisto has been described by The Guardian as possibly “the best thing to happen to classical music in years” and we look forward to sharing an exciting and no doubt exhilarating week of performances with him in April.