Barossa Baroque and Beyond 2018

Margaret Lehmann

2018 marks our fourth BBB Microfest and I reckon it gets more interesting each year.  This is very much the case for 2018.

We continue to support the local community and encourage younger generations to immerse themselves in live music-making of the highest calibre by offering free entry to those 18 and under to the Sunday afternoon concert in the Regional Gallery.  The musical interlude at Peter Lehmann Wines, this year intriguingly titled “Jazz Musings”, is a free event for all.

I am looking forward to Simon Rickard’s talk about heirloom veggies in the PLW Cellar Door on Saturday afternoon.  This too is a free event.

Our Artistic Directoress, Sharon Grigoryan has again shown her flair for creating a joyous festival and I look forward to hearing great music from the performers she has invited, who it goes without saying are all very fine artists indeed.

I thank the wonderful Jane Doyle for reprising her role as emcee and continuing to delight us with  her illuminating, witty and above all, funny introductions.

As ever, I thank Peter Lehmann Wines for its unstinting and generous support.

Margaret Lehmann

A Word from the Artistic Director

Sharon GrigoryanWelcome to BBB’s 4th year! Things are feeling like they have settled in nicely; we have built up a firm bank of friends, from Tanunda, Adelaide and beyond. I am happy to say that it is never difficult to find musicians that want to play here, in fact we have the wonderful difficulty of musicians wanting to come back again and again! This year I’m proud of our line up because, although most of the faces have been to BBB before, they are all showcasing very different sides of themselves.

The incredible duo of Zoë Black and Joe Chindamo will be serenading fermentAsian’s evening with everything from Baroque to Jazz. Before blowing his curtal on Sunday, Simon Rickard will be showcasing the other side of himself on Saturday afternoon, as one of Australia’s leading authorities on heirloom vegetables. He will be giving a talk on this subject at Peter Lehmann Wines’ cellar door, something I am particularly excited about.

On Sunday we have the incredible 1877 Hill & Son organ and the Lewis chamber organ whipping out some very different genres to what they may be used to, thanks to Josh Van Konkelenberg and Adam Page. Jackie Newcomb will be putting aside her bassoon and rallying her friends Brock and Simon in their curtal trio, “Unholy Rackett”.

There will be something very different going on at PLW cellar door on Sunday late afternoon with Jazz musings featuring Dean Newcomb and Julian Ferraretto, so make sure you drop by!

Cabaret at Old Red continues its tradition of ‘expect the unexpected’, featuring BBB artists showing different sides to their musical personalities. Above all it is fun, liberally laced with Peter Lehmann wines and Elli Beer’s fine food.

BBB would not be complete without the Grigoryan Brothers. They will be delighting us this year with perhaps something classical… and perhaps also something very much not…

I am so happy with how BBB is going, thanks to the incredible support of Margaret Lehmann, PLW, and the Barossa community. It is wonderful how our microfest  continues to build on the original dream of a weekend of good friendship and fine music.

I look forward to seeing you all again at this year’s BBB!

Sharon Grigoryan