Australian Festival of Chamber Music
It’s not just the tropical warmth luring visitors to Townsville this winter. Leading classical musicians from across the globe will descend on the region to take part in this year’s Australian Festival of Chamber Music.
Known internationally for its programming, performances and welcoming atmosphere, this year’s festival features a ten-day program of 30 concerts, running July 29 – August 7.
The line-up includes more than 35 musicians from across the globe performing in world-exclusive combinations in morning, sunset and evening concert programs. There are also a number of special events and free concerts.
Opening night will present audiences with features ranging from the belated world premiere of Deborah Cheetham’s Welcome to the Country – Nginda Ngarrini Bi Ngya, through to Berio’s Opus Number Zoo and Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, all presented as part of the festival’s theme “new beginnings”.
Other events include the Governor’s Gala: A Joyful Fantasy which features a world- premiere piece celebrating the 25th anniversary of the resident Goldner String Quartet, a chance to mix chamber music and whale watching with a concert on the beautiful Orpheus Island, and the entertaining Concert Conversations series, where artistic director Jack Liebeck and ABC radio personality Damien Beaumont interview many of the festival’s big names.
And while the closing night concert, Fond Farewells at the Townsville Civic Theatre is the event’s crowning glory, try not to miss the following day’s afterparty on Magnetic Island at Pepper’s Blue on Blue Resort.