Baroque Passions set to ignite River of Art

The Muffat Collective bring the historical sounds of Baroque Passions
to River of Arts Festival for Music in the Regions’ Spring tour

Tickets $40 adults, children under 16 free.

The South Coast is in for a classical music treat when eccentric ensemble The Muffat Collective take audiences on a historical musical journey through 18th Century Europe, presented by Music in the Regions (MitR) and River of Art.

Featuring the baroque violin, harpsichord and fascinating viola da gamba, The Muffat Collective will perform ‘Baroque Passions’, a beautiful music program that is influenced by Italian cathedrals, French salons and German coffee houses, at Moruya and Narooma on September 24 and 25.

“One of our strengths is the opportunity to bring many styles of classical music to regional NSW,” MitR Executive Director, Janine Collins, said.

“This tour will even involve a harpsichord travelling along the coast, a delicate keyboard instrument that is not often seen outside of major cities due to its fragility.”

The Muffat Collective’s Baroque violinist, Matthew Greco, is absolutely thrilled to bringing classical music to regional centres outside of Sydney.  

“We specialise in historical performance, playing on original baroque instruments and recreating music from the 17th and 18th Centuries,” he said. “To say we are passionate about this style would be an understatement, and being able to share this with as many audiences and communities as possible is extremely important to us.”

At its core, Baroque music is a shared experience where the pieces played are designed to dazzle the senses and impact audiences with the full range of emotional states, called affects in the 17th and 18th century. Flirting with the limits of human desire, these rarely performed works frenetically exchange hate for love or despair for joy. 

“The intimate venues along the NSW South Coast and in Cooma are the perfect settings to get up close and personal with not only this special form of music making, but also us as performers. We are looking forward to talking with audiences and getting to know members of the community so we can return for years to come,” Matthew said.

Leanne Joyce, River of Art Festival Chair said MitR will bring more than world class classical performances to Eurobodalla, including an opportunity for emerging musicians of all ages to be inspired on their creative journey and network with an independent touring organisation.

“The experience will be made more special by the venues St John’s Church at Moruya and St Paul’s Church at Narooma that have quite the presence and acoustics!” she said.

“Excitingly, the Moruya performance concludes as the gates open for Luminous: Art After Dark, so plan to spend a few hours enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of the festival’s newest and biggest event for 2022.”

“The following day is the final day of the festival, and the Narooma performance brings an opportunity to spend the morning exploring the festival program in the ‘land of the clear, blue water’ and perhaps spot a whale from sea or shore,” Leanne said. 

The Muffat Collective will perform at:

  • MORUYA – St John’s Anglican Church, Saturday 24 September at 2pm.
  • NAROOMA – St Paul’s Church, Sunday 25 September at 2pm.

Music in the Regions (MitR) is an independent touring organisation established in 2022 to connect classical musicians with regional audiences and facilitate transformative musical experiences across NSW.. These musicians will perform in regions not traditionally visited, reinvigorating regional venues into concert venues, and fostering a vibrant, world-class New South Wales classical music industry. MitR is supported by the NSW Government via Create NSW, and through private philanthropy.

The Muffat Collective specialises in the historical performance of Baroque music – 17th and 18th Century music that is full of passion, vitality and energy. The word Baroque is taken from the nineteenth-century Portuguese ‘barocco’ meaning ‘misshapen pearl’ – a critique of the highly ornamented and decorated art and music of the past. The Muffat Collective aims to capture all the facets of this misshapen pearl and captivate audiences with every story, every intricacy, every note and every detail that defines Baroque music for all of us today.

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