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28/07 - 05/08/2017

Artistic Director Piers Lane AO

2017 Special Events

There are a number of special events included in the 2017 program that you might be interested in including an island cruise and garden party!

SATURDAY 29/07, 2:30PM

Currajong House Garden Party


Step back in time and experience a glorious afternoon garden party that includes an ensemble of leading AFCM musicians performing Beethoven’s beautiful Septet. Follow this with some traditional lawn games including croquet and bocce and an English-inspired afternoon tea of scones and jam. The setting is on the lawns of the Townsville Heritage Centre which is home to Currajong House, built in 1888, a historical home that once housed the region’s wealthy business leaders and pioneers who helped shape Townsville.

$132 per person


SUNDAY 30/07, 3:00PM

Queens Gardens Concert


Co-presented by Townsville City Council, this hugely popular garden concert has become a firm favourite on the events calendar for locals and visitors alike. Set in the leafy grounds of Queens Park, this 90 minute concert provides audiences with a variety of entertainment – not all of it chamber music. Visiting Festival artists will be joined by local talent including the Barrier Reef Orchestra and the 1RAR band. The program includes Cheryl Barker and Peter Coleman- Wright performing arias from the operas Carmen and Tosca, and fast becoming a tradition, Tchaikovsky’s explosive 1812 Overture. Bring your picnic, some chairs and enjoy a truly delightful afternoon in the park.

Free Event

SUNDAY 30/07, 7:30PM

Concert Crawl - Stories and Music


Two stunning venues and two spectacular performances! The audience will be divided into two groups, with a different program of music and musicians at each venue. The performances, which both include story telling this year, last about one hour each and at the end of the first concert you will stroll to the second venue. We look forward to seeing you there for our hugely charming chamber music crawl! Canapés and wine will be served at your first venue.

Adult $89; Member $80; Concession $85

TUESDAY 01/08, 1:00PM

Orpheus Island Concert


Back by popular demand, this exceptional day out delivers enchanting music on the remote end of Orpheus Island. Approximately two hours by boat from Townsville, and surrounded by the Coral Sea, Orpheus Island is a breathtakingly beautiful jewel in the Great Barrier Reef. With a five-star resort at one end, and uninhabited beaches at the other, this is a rare opportunity for you to experience such natural beauty. You will have time to explore the island and take a dip in the water before settling down on the beach to enjoy music performed by the Nexas Quartet, Poul Høxbro and Timothy Constable. Fine food and wine included.

1:00pm Depart SeaLink Breakwater Ferry Terminal
4:00pm Concert
5:15pm Depart Orpheus Island
7:30pm Arrive back at SeaLink Breakwater Ferry Terminal

$220 per person, includes canapés, dinner and drinks.



TUESDAY 01/08, 8:00PM

Falling in Love Again


Jennifer Ward-Lealand pays tribute to the iconic Marlene Dietrich with songs by Cole Porter, Edith Piaf, Frederic Hollander and Pete Seeger. Beautifully lit and featuring an exquisite recreation of one of Dietrich’s famous gowns, this critically acclaimed cabaret show vividly captures her timeless style and glamour. With Grant Winterburn, piano and Aaron Coddel, bass. Presented by Andrew McKinnon Presentations.

Adult $64; Member $57; Concession $60; Group 6+ $57


SATURDAY 05/08, 1:00PM

Families' Concert - Brundibár (Bumblebee)


This delightful, short opera by Hans Krása is a parable of hope and justice. It was first performed in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp and is finding its place as one of the most loved and regularly performed children’s operas in the world. It tells the tale of a poor family whose children seek money to buy milk for their sick mother, only to have their quest thwarted by an evil organ grinder named Brundibár. With the help of three intelligent animals, the children defeat the unjust bully and return home in triumph. Directed by Townsville’s very own Madonna Davies, Brundibár will entertain both children and adults, bringing together star AFCM performers and the Amadeus Singers. Not to be missed!

Adult $25; Member $20; Concession $22; Child $10

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