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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | March 1, 2021

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Brisbane Music Festival Returns for 2021

Brisbane Music Festival Returns for 2021
Claire Matthews

After a successful online series last year, the Brisbane Music Festival is returning to stages and spaces across Brisbane for 2021.

The 2021 BMF officially launched last Saturday afternoon with a small gathering at the 4MBS studio in Coorparoo. Artistic director Alex Raineri introduced us to the upcoming program. Three artists gave short performances, then there was food and drink and a chance to catch up.

The festival will feature three main surges of events in April, July and December, with other events sprinkled throughout the year. Most of the artists are Brisbane-based and each event will have both a live performance and post-performance digital viewing option. The idea of presenting both live and digital concerts is an effort to stay connected with viewers who tuned in from over 10 countries to watch the 2020 festival.

The 2021 festival features 24 events and a 48-strong creative team including: Alex Raineri, Natsuko Yoshimoto, Karin Schaupp, Orava Quartet, Jane Sheldon, Katie Stenzel, Trish Dean, Matthew Connell, Jak Scanlon, Jenna Robertson, Bethany Simons, Peter de Jager, Thea Rossen, Katherine Philp, Sarah Butler, Sarah Crane, Shaun Brown, Tabatha McFadyen, Monika Koerner, Trio Argenti, Adam Chalabi, Patrick Murphy, Brendan Joyce, Jonny Ng, Anna Colville, Jeremy Stafford, Jordon He, Elaine Seeto, Jai Farrell, and the BMF Young Artists Laura Raineri, Jemima Drews, Dario Scalabrini, Andre Oberleuter, Julia Hill, Donica Tran, Rebekah Hall, Harrison Swainston, Shuhei Lawson and Francis Atkins.

There’s also 7 world premieres by composers Erik Griswold, Melody Eötvös , Luke Paulding, Jodie Rottle, Leonardo Silva, Yitzhak Yedid, Alexander Voltz.

In 2021, BMF is collaborating with Opera Queensland for two special events. Songs of Love and Death on Feb 12-13 features soprano Jane Sheldon and Alex Raineri at the Opera Queensland Studio. In A Poet’s Love, soprano Sarah Crane and baritone Shaun Brown join Raineri in a celebration of poetry and song through two seminal song-cycles.

After selling out at QPAC last year, Wonderland returns with Katie Stenzel. Wonderland is touring to Bundaberg and Maleny and is the only touring event of the festival. BMF is also partnering with Victorian Theatre Company for Enoch Arden, bringing together live music, poetry and film.

Across Brisbane, 11 different venues will hold BMF events including Opera Queensland studio, Raineri’s home studio, St Mary’s Anglican Church, the 4MBS studio, Salvation Army Brisbane City Temple, City Workshop, Metro Arts New Banner Theatre, the Judith Wright Arts Centre and more.

Brisbane Music Festival 2021

Songs of Love and Death, 12 + 13 February

Crimson, 1 + 3 + 5 March

Wonderland, 13 + 21 March

Enoch Arden, 28 March

Beethoven’s Cello, 23 April

Celestial Spirits, 24 April

Butterflying, 24 April

Shepherd on the Rock, 25 April

Archduke, 8 + 9 May

Something’s Come Between Us, 23 May

Orava, 2 July

Karin, 23 July

How Strange the Change, 24 July

Liza Lim Portrait Concert, 24 July

The Lark Ascending, 25 July

A Poet’s Love, 6 + 7 August

Natsuko, 19 August

Mythology of Naked Flesh, 3 October

Both Sides Now, 31 October

Intercurrent, 10 December

Reception: The Musical, 11 December

Girl with the Flaxen Hair, 11 December

Night Wind, 12 December

Trio Argenti, 12 December