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Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival

29 July 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm AEST

New World optimism contrasts with Slavic melancholy in the program that Artistic Director Rachel Smith has devised for the 11th Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival, set against a backdrop of migrating whales and Stradbroke Island charm.

The concept of Old World meets New is a fascinating one – think Japan and the West, Old Europe and America or Australia, with the cross-fertilisation of cultures creating an entirely new spirit.

The music of émigré composers such as Rachmaninov, and composers such as Copland and Bernstein, whose families fled to the New World, is filled with hope and positivity, transcending life’s vicissitudes.

There is cultural intertwining and a transformation of ideals. This year we mark 100 years since the birth of Leonard Bernstein, a composer who, perhaps, epitomises New World hope.

With an inspirational line-up of musicians, this year’s festival has almost sold out!

There is one remaining concert still selling: NEW WORLD


  • Leonard Bernstein: Sonata for clarinet and piano (1941–42) with Irit Silver, clarinet; Therese Milanovic, piano.
  • Antonin Dvořák: String Quintet in E-flat major, Opus 97 ‘American’ (1893) with Zoë Black and Emily Dellit, violins; Caroline Henbest and Brian Schiele (from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra), violas; Eric de Wit, cello.


Dunwich Public Hall, Stradbroke Island
Stradbroke Island, Queensland Australia