AFCM 2022 features six special events throughout the Festival program. Gold Pass Plus holders have all six events included in their package. Places are limited to many of these fantastic events, including the ever-popular Island concert, so be sure to book now and secure your place!
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SATURDAY 30 JULY 2.30PM | TOWNSVILLE CIVIC THEATRE
AFCM Illuminates 1: Einstein’s Universe
Presented by Brian Foster with Jack Liebeck on violin
Professor Brian Foster OBE FRS of Oxford University and Jack Liebeck collaborate to highlight Einstein’s science and his love of music, and in particular, the violin. Einstein’s Universe explores his scientific work on quantum mechanics with an introduction to his life and involvement with music and how his ideas have shaped our concepts of space, time, and the evolution of the Universe.
Musical accompaniment is from J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, some of Einstein’s favourite music and punctuated by other musical interludes.
AFCM FRIENDS $25 | ADULTS $30 | CONCESSION $27
SUNDAY 31 JULY 6.00PM | THE VILLE
Here we discover four works that straddle as many centuries, all composed in their respective 22nd year. From 1722 we have Albinoni’s much loved Oboe Concerto, 1822 features Mendelssohn’s neglected but delightful Piano Quartet No. 1, 1922 has Peter Warlock’s wonderful song cycle setting poems by W.B. Yeats, and last but not least for 2022 we give the world premiere of composer-in-residence Paul Dean’s specially written Chamber Symphony. This evening includes dinner and drinks before the concert.
AFCM FRIENDS $135 | ADULTS $150
MONDAY 1 AUGUST 3.00PM | FESTIVAL GARDEN
High Tea with Maggie Beer
Don’t miss your chance to enjoy high tea with Australia’s most loved culinary icon Maggie Beer. In this friendly conversation hour hosted by ABC personality Damien Beaumont, you will hear more about Maggie’s love of music and food, and about her goal to ensure older Australians enjoy nutritious meals. A delightful high tea including drinks will ensure this is a truly memorable afternoon with Maggie Beer.
AFCM FRIENDS $116| ADULTS $131
TUESDAY 2 AUGUST 12.30PM | ORPHEUS ISLAND
Island Time Orpheus Island
A sell-out event every year and for good reason, this unique concert delivers enchanting music on the remote end of Orpheus Island. Enjoy a spectacular day of sunshine and music, with some whale watching along the way! A two-hour fast cat ferry ride gets you there with time to explore the island’s beauty, perhaps swim, before settling down on the beach to enjoy an hour of musical bliss. Our AFCM artists have chosen perfect pieces for you to enjoy in this stunning setting. A sunset cruise back to Townsville follows, with food & wine included.
12:30PM Depart Breakwater Ferry Terminal
6:00PM Depart Orpheus Island
8:00PM Arrive back at Breakwater Ferry Terminal
AFCM FRIENDS $235 | ADULTS $250
THURSDAY 4 AUG 6.30PM | TOWNSVILLE CIVIC THEATRE
AFCM Illuminates 3: Sea Conservation
Presented by Dr Naomi Gardiner
Dr Naomi Gardiner from James Cook University takes a deep dive into the wonders of life on coral reefs and the connections we all have. Wonder at the extraordinary navigation skills and social lives of tiny fish, the inquisitive whale visitors, and the work of fishing communities in Asia to restore ocean health.
AFCM FRIENDS $25 | ADULTS $30 | CONCESSION $27
SATURDAY 6 AUGUST 4.00PM | FESTIVAL GARDEN
Families’ Concert: Carnival Of The Animals
Fun for the Whole Family!
The Carnival of the Animals (Le Carnaval des animaux) is a humorous musical suite of fourteen movements by the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. The work, about 25 minutes in duration, was written for two pianos and a chamber ensemble made up of two violins, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, harmonica and xylophone. Each of the 14 movements represents a different animal or animals including lions, roosters, tortoises, elephants, birds and even kangaroos! It’s lively, fun and wonderfully entertaining for all ages.
AFCM FRIENDS $25 | ADULTS $30 | CONCESSION $27 | CHILDREN $10
SUNDAY 7 AUGUST 2.45PM | PEPPERS BLUE ON BLUE MAGNETIC ISLAND
AFCM After Party
Head over early so you can explore the stunning bays and beaches, take a hike, cuddle a koala or simply sit in a Horseshoe Bay café for a relaxing lunch. Arrive at Peppers Blue on Blue resort by 2:45 pm, find your spot on their seaside deck, soak up the sunshine and mix with other guests and musicians before enjoying performances from AFCM artists throughout the afternoon. Your ticket includes return ferry transfers, two complimentary drinks at Peppers Blue on Blue, canapes, and the performance.
AFCM FRIENDS $79 | ADULTS $88 | CONCESSION $83