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Crossroads Festival of Chamber Music

Music is a language and a culture that unites people in experiencing beauty and inspiration. It is part of the great artistic tradition bequeathed to us from the Renaissance to today. Music's marvel is its sheer inclusiveness: all can share in the genius of the great composers and the exhilaration of hearing that genius brought to life in performance.

The Crossroads Festival of Chamber Music this year will be in honour of Richard Goldner, late husband of Charmian Gadd and founder of Musica Viva in 1945. It is twenty five years since his death and his contributions to our cultural life deserve to be celebrated. A refugee from Hitler's Vienna, Richard started Musica Viva from the proceeds of the sale of an invention made during World War II when he was considered an 'enemy alien' and worked for the Australian Army Inventions Directorate. His life is a fascinating one and may become the subject of a movie.  Richard's contribution goes well beyond the founding of Musica Viva, and his teaching here and in the USA leaves a legacy of devoted former students scattered over the world.

Charmian has announced that the Goldner String Quartet, named in Richard's honour, will perform during this year's festival.  Here is the program for the weekend festival:

Saturday 19th August @ 11.00am - A Celebration of Youth
Richard Goldner loved the young and the learning process, and would spend unlimited patient hours in pursuit of musical excellence. This morning's concert features some of our most gifted youngsters. It culminates in the work epitomising prodigious early genius, Mendelssohn's Octet in Eb, Op. 20, played by Sydney-based world-class players.

Saturday 19th August @ 2.30pm - Charmian and Friends
After lunch in Greenway Chapel's serene bush setting, Charmian and Friends present works of maturity and profundity, including Brahms' String Sextet No.2 in G major, Op. 36.

Saturday 19th August @ 6.30pm - The Red Violin
Enjoy a screening of Francois Girard's unique film, which traces the imaginary, intriguing story of a violin made in Cremona in 1681 and its journey over three centuries and as many continents.

Sunday 20th August @ 11.00am - Music of Spiritual Inspiration
Crossroads presents music inspired by spiritual experience, including works by Bach and Bruckner, poetry and song.

Sunday 20th August @ 2.30pm - The Goldner Quartet
In honour of Richard Goldner, the quartet named for him presents a programme of Schubert, Matthew Hindson, the Cavatina from Beethoven's Quartet in Bb, Op. 130, and Dfvorak's Quartet in F, Op. 96, "American".

VENUE:  All concerts, lunch and film showing will be at Greenway Memorial Chapel, 460 Avoca Drive, Green Point.


Full Subscription (including lunch + all four concerts and film showing) $120
Full Subscription (no lunch, four concerts and film showing) $105

Tickets Per Concert:
Adults $35  |  Children (school aged) $15  |  CC Conservatorium Students $5

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We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.