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28/07 - 05/08/2017

Artistic Director Piers Lane AO

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2016 Festival Program

Shows - Friday, July 29th

8:00 PM - Townsville Civic Theatre

James Cook University Opening Night Concert - The Trout

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To open his tenth anniversary festival, Piers presents a program of favourite composers to introduce some wonderful colleagues new to the festival and to highlight others we all already know and love.

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Shows - Saturday, July 30th

11:00 AM - C2, Townsville Civic Theatre, South Townsville

Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 1

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Piers chats with Finghin Collins, Nick Deutsch, Tasmin Little and Paul Silverthorne followed by a 45 minute performance by festival artists. Includes morning tea.

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2:30 PM - Townsville Civic Theatre

Families' Concert - The Happy Prince

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The Happy Prince is a short opera by Malcolm Williamson based on the enchanting Oscar Wilde fairy tale. The production will be directed by Tama Matheson (Brisbane), conducted by Julia de Plater (Sydney) and feature festival artists including Valda Wilson as the Swallow, the Tinalley String Quartet, Andrew West and Timothy Young on piano and percussionists Claire Edwardes and Ian Brunskill. It will delight both children and adults and will bring together star AFCM performers and local children and singers from Townsville. One for young and old!

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7:30 PM - Townsville Civic Theatre

Governor's Gala - The Surprise!

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An exciting element of this year’s Governor’s Gala concert is the world premiere of the third Lorca song by our Composer-in-Residence Paul Stanhope. To have one of the UK’s foremost baritones with us to sing glorious and colourful Ravel is another coup! And of course, Mendelssohn’s evergreen Octet, composed, extraordinarily when he was still sixteen, is one of the jewels in the chamber music crown.

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Shows - Sunday, July 31st

11:00 AM - Mary MacKillop Church, Mundingburra

Prayer and Dance

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This moving concert is held inside one of Townsville’s oldest churches with wonderful acoustics and atmosphere. Always a sell-out.

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3:00 PM - Queens Gardens

Queens Gardens Concert - The 1812 again!

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Co-presented by Townsville City Council and in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the municipality of Townsville, the program includes Vivaldi’s Spring from The Four Seasons performed by the effervescent British violinist Tasmin Little, appearances by local groups the Barrier Reef Orchestra and 1RAR band, and will finish with the audience ‘firing the cannons’ in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture! Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy a truly delightful afternoon in the park.

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5:00 PM - Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

AFCM Winterschool Young String Ensemble Performance

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The Young String Ensemble show off their new skills to family, friends and festival patrons.

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7:30 PM - Various

Concert Crawl

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Three great venues and three entertaining performances! The audience will be divided into three groups, with a different program of music and musicians at each venue. The performances last about 30 minutes and at the end of each concert you stroll to the next venue. We look forward to seeing you there for our hugely charming chamber music crawl!

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Shows - Monday, August 1st

11:00 AM - C2, Townsville Civic Theatre, South Townsville

Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 2

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Piers chats with Bridget Bolliger, Paul Stanhope, Timothy Young and Andrew West followed by a 45 minute performance by festival artists. Includes morning tea.

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1:00 PM - Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

AFCM Winterschool Advanced Public Masterclass 1 with Bridget Bolliger

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Observe acclaimed national and international Festival Artists coaching emerging professionals in hour-long public masterclasses.

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5:00 PM - Townsville Civic Theatre

Ray Golding Sunset Series – The Winner Takes It All

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The winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition will play the Sonata for violin and piano and the Piano Quintet prepared for the Competition with the artists who performed at the Competition: Tasmin Little and the Goldner String Quartet.

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7:30 PM - Townsville Civic Theatre

Evening Series - Winter Journey

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You may have made a winter journey to get to Townsville – but we doubt it will be like either of the winter journeys you’ll hear about tonight! It will be a treat to hear one of the greatest song cycles of all time performed for you by a truly great baritone and interpreter with one of his regular pianist partners. And though the cycle will be sung in its entirety and in its normal order, one of Townville’s favourite actors will read excerpts from the final diary of Scott of the Antarctic throughout the performance.

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Shows - Tuesday, August 2nd

2:00 PM - Orpheus Island

Orpheus Island Concert

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Travel by ferry to Orpheus Island enjoying canapés on the way, dinner on the return and a poetic beach concert in between. Simply exquisite!

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Shows - Wednesday, August 3rd

11:00 AM - C2, Townsville Civic Theatre, South Townsville

Concert Conversation with Piers Lane 3

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Piers chats with Svetlana Bogosavljevic, Sa Chen, David Griffiths, Indira Koch and Wolfgang-Emanuel Schmidt followed by a 45 minute performance by festival artists. Includes morning tea.

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1:00 PM - C2, Townsville Civic Theatre, South Townsville

AFCM Winterschool Concert Conversations with Piers Lane

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Piers chats with emerging professionals participating in the 2016 AFCM Winterschool – Advanced Masterclass Program. After discussing past experiences, future ambitions and everything in between, they will perform an exciting program selected by Winterschool Director, Michele Walsh.

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5:00 PM - Townsville Civic Theatre

Ray Golding Sunset Series - Bach by Candlelight 1

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Everyone will enjoy this one hour Sunset Series concert of beautiful Bach music.

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7:30 PM - Townsville Civic Theatre

Evening Series - Bach by Candlelight 2

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One of our most popular concerts. An evening of all Bach and all by candlelight.

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Shows - Thursday, August 4th

10:00 AM - C2, Townsville Civic Theatre, South Townsville

Concert Conversation with Piers Lane 4

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Piers chats with Karin Schaupp, Valda Wilson and Ian Brunskill. Includes a program based on British folksong, alongside the world premiere of the revised version of Australian Jennifer Fowler's dramatic take on Charlotte Bronte's obsessive and intensely lovelorn 'Letter from Haworth' in Bronte's bicentenary year. Includes morning tea.

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1:00 PM - Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

AFCM Winterschool Advanced Public Masterclass 2 with Finghin Collins

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Observe acclaimed national and international Festival Artists coaching emerging professionals in hour-long public masterclasses.

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5:30 PM - Townsville Civic Theatre

Ray Golding Sunset Series – All 5’s and 6’s!

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The perfect introduction to chamber music featuring a quintet and sextet!

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8:00 PM - Townsville Civic Theatre

Evening Series - Viennese Classics

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Enjoy an evening of well-known composers Beethoven, Haydn, Mahler, Schreker and Brahms performed by some of the best musicians in the world.

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Shows - Friday, August 5th

10:20 AM - C2, Townsville Civic Theatre, South Townsville

Concert Conversation with Piers Lane 5

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Piers chats with Hervé Joulain, Trey Lee and Roderick Williams followed by a 45 minute performance by festival artists. Includes morning tea.

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1:00 PM - Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

AFCM Winterschool Advanced Public Masterclass 3

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Observe acclaimed national and international Festival Artists coaching emerging professionals in hour-long public masterclasses.

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3:00 PM - Dancenorth, Townsville City

Gold Pass Event

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Exclusive to 2016 Gold Pass Holders is an entertaining and highly informative Q&A with Piers Lane, Tasmin Little, Sa Chen and the Goldner String Quartet, as they reveal the inside information on judging and performing at the Sydney International Piano Competition.

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5:30 PM - St Joseph's Church, North Ward

Ray Golding Sunset Series – A Touch of Klezmer

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Held in the beautiful St Joseph’s Church this concert features the piece Dreams and Prayers of Isaac The Blind composed by Osvaldo Golijov.

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8:00 PM - Townsville Civic Theatre

Evening Series - Op 127!

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The second instalment in the Goldners’ ongoing cycle of Beethoven’s complete string quartets prompted Artistic Director Piers Lane to recognise its connection with another work he loves – Shostakovich’s dark and dramatic Blok Romances – the opus numbers of the two works are the same! “I thought it would be fun to hear the Op 127s of other composers too – and I now think this is my favourite program of the whole festival! Tonight five pianists who all love Schubert will take turns playing the set – very much in the spirit of the evenings held in Schubert’s own home, when he and friends would gather and perform for each other – the famous Schubertiads.”

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Shows - Saturday, August 6th

10:00 AM - C2, Townsville Civic Theatre, South Townsville

Concert Conversation with Piers Lane 6

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Piers chats to the Goldner String Quartet and Andrew Barnes followed by a 45 minute performance by festival artists. Includes morning tea.

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12:15 PM - C2, Townsville Civic Theatre, South Townsville

AFCM Winterschool Advanced Concert

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Experience Australia’s finest emerging talent perform in concert.

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2:30 PM - Townsville Civic Theatre

Don Juan

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A feast of music and adventure co-created by Karin Schaupp (guitar) and actor/director Tama Matheson.

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8:00 PM - Townsville Civic Theatre

Festival Farewell

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The Festival Farewell is always something of a jamboree and 2016’s is no exception. Lots of duos, a couple of trios and a pair of large-scale ensembles involve all the artists remaining in Townsville – and still standing! There’s something for everybody: delightful Baroque, the ever-surprising Roderick Williams in his own arrangements of Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, popular opera, jazzy fun from Gershwin and Brubeck, and the Australian premiere of a hauntingly beautiful piece by William Lloyd-Webber, father of Andrew and Julian, found just last year, lurking in a drawer in the old family home. Not to be missed!

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