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Peninsula Summer Music Festival Is Coming

From fiery Flamenco guitar to the seductive cabaret purrings of international chanteuse Meow Meow to the exquisite imaginings of classical music and the many musical genre gems in between, the Peninsula Summer Music Festival returns to Victoria's Mornington Peninsula from 1-11 January, 2015.

In the eighth annual Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Artistic Director Julia Fredersdorff gathers over 75 artists for 14 intimate events including four Festival exclusives. 

Alongside the fabulous Meow Meow and celebrated Italian guitarist Massimo Scattolin, this year's line-up brings together a host of Australian born, internationally acclaimed artists.  Mezzo soprano Liane Keegan, who has performed with the world's leading opera houses including the National Opera Studio London; cellist Catherine Jones;  recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey; soprano Merlyn Quaife; classical accordionist James Crabb; Latitude 37 and the Grigoryan Brothers are programmed alongside emerging stars Trio Bresciani and ANAM graduates.  

The 2015 Festival erupts on New Year's Day in the spectacular Barrel Room of Willow Creek Estate with fiery technical displays of flamenco, percussive footwork, sweeping dance and joyous clapping in the immensely popular event, Hair of the Dog.  This year's concert features flamenco guitarist Vikingo de Jerez and his world-class ensemble, who have received ecstatic reviews for their thrilling, spellbinding performances of seductive power and passion.  

Fresh from trail-blazing sell-out seasons in New York and Berlin, multi-award-winning diva and fixture of London's West End Meow Meow debuts her unique brand of 'kamikaze cabaret' on the Peninsula.  On Saturday 3 January, the Peninsula Community Theatre will be transformed into an intimate cabaret venue with Meow Meow dragging cabaret kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.  

Peninsula born Liane Keegan is set for a triumphant homecoming with the Festival exclusive performance, The Sunset.  This beautiful performance, which is inspired by Shelley's poem The Sunset and Respighi's evocative string quartet composition, explores the themes of love, death, longing and passing of time.  

In another celebration of Australian vocal beauty, distinguished soprano Merlyn Quaife, shares an intimate account of her pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain in A Walk to the Field of Stars.  Quaife, who has performed to great acclaim throughout Australia and Europe, recounts her transformative journey through her favourite songs, readings and images.    

Perth-born artist Catherine Jones (baroque cello), whose international career includes performing with The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, The English Concert and as a solo recording artist with Deutsche Harmonia Mundi and Sony, returns for a Festival-exclusive performance. Catherine is joined by harpischordist Donald Nicolson for a recital of virtuosic Italian sonatas, which includes works by Vivaldi, Cirri and Boccherini.  

In addition to Vikingo de Jerez's energetic opening, this year's Festival features two other spellbinding guitar performances. Italian classical guitarist Massimo Scattolin presents a nature-inspired program in the stunning surrounds of Hummingbird Eco Retreat on Sunday 10 January and world renowned guitar duo, the Grigoryan Brothers will close out the Festival with a display of their virtuosity on the lawns of St Johns Flinders in Festival Finale.  

The Festival program features two original offerings. The Innovators is the unlikely instrumental pairing of Genevieve Lacey on recorder and James Crabb on classical accordion. 

Held within the architecturally resplendent Port Phillip Estate, this imaginative recital of two versatile musical collaborators is a surprising aural and visual treat.  And with a pre-show dinner on offer patrons can add taste to the evening's sensory delight.   

The inaugural Peninsula Summer Garden Party provides an occasion to sip the finest Peninsula wines, sample canapés and be entertained amidst one of the Peninsula's most stunning grand-estate homes, Bibury at Main Ridge.   

Every year the Festival entertains and delights over 3,000 culture seekers, music lovers, holiday makers, friends and families of all ages as they enjoy inspirational world class music amidst some of the finest backdrops the Mornington Peninsula has to offer.

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