In an event that will enchant young audiences, renowned children’s author and poet Libby Hathorn reads excerpts from her book Outside, accompanied by four of Australia's finest musicians and as illustrations are beamed on screen. The music is drawn from a lively score by composer Elena Kats-Chernin, Artistic Direction and arrangements by Christina Leonard. The story, stunningly illustrated by Ritva Voutila, celebrates the wonder of the five senses in the magic of a garden, while promoting love and respect for the natural world. Rec. 4+.
Libby Hathorn (Australian)
Libby Hathorn is an award-winning author for children and young adults. Her work has won honours in Australia, United States, Great Britain and Holland and several of her picture books have been adapted for stage and/or opera while her Young Adult novel Thunderwith is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. Recent awards include The Asher Literary Award 2017 and The Alice Award 2014, and she has also served as a judge for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Her latest book is Butterfly, We're Expecting you.
Jonathan Zwartz (Australian)
Apart from being known as one of the major players on the Australian jazz landscape, double bassist Jonathan Zwartz is also a composer and songwriter. He has released three albums; The Sea (2009 Bell Award) The Remembering and Forgetting of the Air (2013 AIR award) and Animarum. Jonathan is currently working on an orchestral album project with Martha Marlow.
James Crabb (Australian)
James Crabb, one of the world’s leading ambassadors of the classical accordion, performs repertoire ranging from original contemporary works to Baroque transcriptions, Tango Nuevo and folk music. This season will include a major role on stage in Brett Dean’s new opera ‘Hamlet’ in UK and Adelaide and guest soloist and director a new Piazzolla festival in Buenos Aires. He is currently Artistic Director for Four Winds Bermagui.
Christina Leonard (Australian)
Christina Leonard is one of Australia’s leading Saxophonists performing both nationally and internationally as an endorsed artist with Japanese instrument maker Yanagisawa. She is artistic director of the Australian World Orchestra’s Chamber Music Festival, has performed many chamber, orchestral and solo concerts and made many diverse recordings and broadcasts.
Astrid Connelly (Australian)
Soprano Astrid Connelly is a graduate of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with strong interests in early music, new music, and interdisciplinary work. Astrid is an active collaborator and performer. She is also the programmer and coordinator of the Medley Recital Series in Melbourne.