2020 Festival Program

Shows - Friday, July 31st

19:30 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

The James Cook University Opening Night - PARADE

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Let the parade begin! For our Opening Concert, you can experience traditional music from 16th century Japan, a Festival commission by Yorta Yorta composer, Deborah Cheetham AO and the sheer exuberance of the Mendelssohn Octet. Want more? Then let 25 musicians guide you through this vibrant cavalcade from six countries - Opening night is always special!

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Shows - Saturday, August 1st

10:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Concert Conversations 1 with Kathryn Stott

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A wonderfully entertaining morning with Artistic Director Kathyrn Stott chatting to visiting Festival Artists Zoë Black, Peter Coleman-Wright AO, Nexas Quartet, Tobias Breider, Lloyd Van’t Hoff and Deborah Cheetham AO about their lives and inspirations. This is followed by a delightful concert.

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17:00 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Ray Golding Sunset Series - Concertino

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Our Artistic Director is sure you will know the theme of the Schubert Variations but suspects you are in for an unexpected treat with Dance Music Suite by Sallinen. Some Tango, Waltz, Flamenco and more!

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19:30 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Governor's Gala - Ode to Joy

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This Saturday evening concert is packed to the rafters! Ever wondered what would happen if 25 celebrated Australian composers all wrote miniature variations on Beethoven’s iconic theme ‘Ode to Joy’? Come and discover for yourself - this will be unique and not to be missed.

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Shows - Sunday, August 2nd

11:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Cleveland Bay Concert

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This Sunday morning concert has everything to set up your day. Mozart’s Piano Quartet and exuberant musical fireworks in Weber’s Clarinet Quintet are our classical pillars. Mix in one of our Artistic Director’s favourite pieces, the totally lush Ravel Sonata besides an astonishing arrangement of Lachrymae by Britten and you have a magnificent medley. Following this two-part concert, lunch will be served on the Veranda.

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15:00 - Queens Gardens

Queens Gardens Concert

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Enjoy a pleasant Sunday afternoon concert in the leafy grounds of Queens Park. Co-presented by Townsville City Council, this FREE concert features visiting Festival artists alongside local groups. Pack your rug and a picnic for a wonderful afternoon of music.

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19:30 - St James' Cathedral, Townsville

White Nights

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Set in the atmospheric St James' Cathedral, the first half of this concert pays homage to Moscow and composers associated with this great Russian city. Who can resist the simply gorgeous Vocalise by Rachmaninov not to mention Kabalevsky’s epic Sonata. After the interval we depart for Denmark and a rarely heard gem by 19th Century composer, Niels Gade. What a treat! Gershwin, whose father was born in St. Petersburg, left his Russian ancestry far behind. Courtesy of Rhapsody in Blue, let us transport you to jazzy New York and some toe tapping happiness!

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Shows - Monday, August 3rd

10:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Concert Conversations 2 with Kathryn Stott

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A wonderfully entertaining morning with Artistic Director Kathyrn Stott chatting to visiting Festival Artists James Crabb, Blair Harris, Amalia Hall, Kirsty McCahon, Diana Doherty and William Barton about their lives and inspirations. This is followed by a delightful concert.

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13:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

AFCM Advanced Winterschool - Public Masterclass 1

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This is a wonderful opportunity to watch an AFCM artist coach some of the country's emerging professionals in an hour long public masterclass. Free to attend.

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17:00 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Ray Golding Sunset Series - B4

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Four composers beginning with B and music spanning 250 years. Two Italians, a passionate Armenian and then the quite extra-ordinary William Barton.

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19:30 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Evening Series - Song and Dance

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Monday night just moved up a gear! Starting with One Droplet performed on the delicate Japanese Koto and ending with Pavel Fischer's Wild Mountain Thyme, let's add in Hungarian Gypsy style, operatic variations, folk inspired music from Ireland and Schubert's divine Auf dem Strom with its quotation from Beethoven's Eroica Symphony.

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Shows - Tuesday, August 4th

09:00 - Palm Island

Palm Island Concert

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This exceptional day trip to Palm Island will offer an insight into the indigenous community plus showcase some of the Festival’s stellar musicians in an hour-long concert.

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15:00 - Fish Inn, Rockpool

An Afternoon with Petroc Trelawny

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Spend a pleasant afternoon overlooking the ocean whilst being entertained by BBC 3 personality Petroc Trelawny as he plays you some of his favourtie music and chats to Kathryn Stott about life and music.

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Shows - Wednesday, August 5th

10:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Concert Conversations 3 with Kathryn Stott

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A wonderfully entertaining morning with Artistic Director Kathyrn Stott chatting to visiting Festival Artists including Timothy Young, Adam Walker, Mark Gaydon, Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Marianna Shirinyan and Tai Murray about their lives and inspirations. This is followed by a delightful concert.

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13:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

AFCM Advanced Winterschool - Public Masterclass 2

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This is a wonderful opportunity to watch an AFCM artist coach some of the country's emerging professionals in an hour long public masterclass. Free to attend.

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17:00 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Ray Golding Sunset Series - Brilliant Baroque

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For lovers of Baroque music this is for you. Diana Doherty particularly wanted to perform the Duet by W.F.Bach with Adam Walker and so begins this journey back in time. Our very own Winterschool strings take to the stage with pianist Kevin Chow but be ready for the Devil to put in an appearance. Italian magic at its best!

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19:30 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Evening Series - Metamorphosen

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The culmination of this program is the great Metamorphosen by Strauss. Our Artistic Director believes this to be one of the most moving chamber works in the repertoire and the musical references to Beethoven add to its emotional depth. However, this concert refers to change and we think you'll be astonished by both the Mendelssohn and sparkling Ligeti miniatures. Add in some delicate Asian flavour and Poulenc's reference to Mozart and this will be a musical rollercoaster.

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Shows - Thursday, August 6th

10:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Concert Conversations 4 with Kathryn Stott

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The first of three concerts today inspired by Beethoven. This wonderfully entertaining morning begins with Kathryn Stott chatting to Radovan Vlatković, Lise Berthaud, Paul Rissmann, Pavel Fischer and Kristian Chong. This is followed by a concert featuring Beethoven and Schubert masterpieces.

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13:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

AFCM Advanced Winterschool - Public Masterclass 3

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This is a wonderful opportunity to watch an AFCM artist coach some of the country's emerging professionals in an hour long public masterclass. Free to attend.

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17:00 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Ray Golding Sunset Series - Immortal Beloved

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Jessica Duchen returns to AFCM after her triumph two years ago with Being Mrs. Bach. This new piece promises to be equally special and we can look forward to music and words illuminating the very essence of this romantic story.

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19:30 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Evening Series - Kreutzer

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Featuring one of the greatest of all Sonatas for Violin and Piano, known as the Kreutzer, Beethoven not only gave us this masterpiece, but it proved the inspiration for Janáček and Leo Tolstoy. Tonight our tribute comes to an exciting close with a highly anticipated appearance by Dancenorth and a stunning set of songs composed by Festival favourite, Roderick Williams. Not to be missed!

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22:00 - Heritage Exchange Bar , Townsville City

AFCM Up Late

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It’s Thursday night and we are heading to the Heritage Bar on Flinders Street East where Pavel Fischer and Yumi Kurosawa will present a lighter side of AFCM and show their diverse skills away from the concert platform. Anything could happen, but we guarantee it will be entertaining!

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Shows - Friday, August 7th

10:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Concert Conversations 5 with Kathryn Stott

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A wonderfully entertaining morning with Artistic Director Kathyrn Stott chatting to Festival Artists including Ian Brunskill, Jessica Duchen, Carolyn Sampson, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Tinalley String Quartet and Yumi Kurosawa about their lives and inspirations. This is followed by a delightful concert.

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13:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

AFCM Winterschool - Advanced Concert

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Experience Australia's finest emerging talent in this uplifting and entertaining one hour concert by the Advanced Winterschool ensembles.

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14:30 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Future Stars Special

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Petroc Trelawny hosts this wonderful gathering of three extraordinary talents. Bringing them together for the first time, hear their views about life as young artists before a special performance of Hummel's lively Piano Trio. Himself a child prodigy, Hummel was a fellow student and friend of Beethoven so a very fitting piece for this one-off event.

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17:00 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Ray Golding Sunset Series - Magical Stories

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A superb concert inspired by a great Japanese story, fairy tales and the magical music which appeared in the Disney classic Fantasia.

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19:30 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Evening Series - Wild Spirit

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Spirits will be well and truly lifted in this imaginative program. When our Artistic Director first heard 'Spirit of the Wild'- she thought it was one of the most exciting pieces she had ever heard. Everyone knows Bolero but on four cellos? Prepare to be amazed! After four Festival violinists have fun with a Polish beauty, hear Dvořák's glorious spirit soar throughout the Piano Quartet.

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Shows - Saturday, August 8th

10:00 - The Pavilion, The Ville Resort - Casino, Townsville

Concert Conversations 6 - 25th Anniversary of Goldner String Quartet

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This Saturday morning conversation concert will be devoted entirely to the Goldner String Quartet in celebration of their 25th anniversary. It will be a different format to the regular concert conversations, with the Goldners alternating between conversation and performance throughout the morning. They will perform in various formations and chat about their life in music. Hosted by Kathryn Stott and Petroc Trelawny.

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13:00 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Families' Concert

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Paul Rissmann is one of the world's great composers of children's music. Already well known to audiences in Australia we can't wait to hear the story of Stan and Mabel with lots of opportunities for you to join in the songs. Dressing up as dogs and cats optional!

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19:30 - Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Closing Night - CELEBRATION!

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..... and the parade comes full circle. The String Quintet by Schubert is nothing short of greatness so it's fitting for a grand finale first half. Lighter entertainment awaits after the interval however, with music by Noel Coward, an amuse-bouche on Townsville, fun with Beethoven and MUCH MORE! Lovers of West Side Story won't be disappointed and klaxons might even come into play during the Hornpipe. Come and join the party - it won't be the same without you!

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Shows - Sunday, August 9th

14:45 - Peppers Blue on Blue (Magnetic Island)

After Party on Magnetic Island

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A perfect way to complete your time in Townsville is with a delightful concert on Magnetic Island. Soak up the sunshine on the seaside deck at Peppers Blue on Blue, enjoy a drink or two and mix with other guests whilst listening to some beautiful music played by Festival artists.

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