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27/07 - 04/08/2018

Artistic Director Kathryn Stott

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2017 Festival Program

Shows - Monday, July 31st

10:15 AM - C2, Townsville Civic Theatre, South Townsville

Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 2

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Piers chats with Francesca Dego, Francis Gouton, Jack Liebeck and Nexas Quartet. A light lunch will be served after the concert in the theatre forecourt.

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1:00 PM - St James' Cathedral

AFCM Winterschool - Advanced Public Masterclass 1 with Orli Shaham

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Orli Shaham coaches emerging professionals in an hour-long public masterclass.

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5:00 PM - Townsville Civic Theatre

Ray Golding Sunset Series - Oh là là

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Poulenc’s violin sonata isn’t heard as often as it deserves. It has all of his usual piquancy, but is utterly moving as well. The last page is devastating: when the great French violinist Ginette Neveu was killed with her pianist brother in a plane crash, Poulenc altered the ending to reflect his devastation and the result is heart-breaking. His Sextet is a superbly wrought delight, all players stretched, every page effervescing with energy and wit. Bolling’s Suite adds jazz to the mix. This is one cool program!

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7:30 PM - Townsville Civic Theatre

Evening Series - Viennese Masterpieces

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Last year Roderick Williams and Andrew West presented Schubert’s Winterreise and the whole audience was blown away. Henk Neven and Orli Shaham this year present his Schone Mullerin, the earliest great song cycle, a masterpiece written when he was 26. Of course it’s about love – the whole cycle of unrequited love – from the initial heightened experience of falling head over heels, to jealousy and feelings of betrayal, and in the end, how to comes to terms with it all. For his final AFCM, Piers wanted to perform the Brahms Quintet with our Quartet-in-Residence, the Goldners, with whom he has performed and recorded more than any other Quartet. The Brahms is inarguably one of the greatest works of chamber music, deeply emotional and full of thrilling impact.

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