28/07 — 05/08/2017
February E-newsletter
Program hints and your chance to win!
The 2017 AFCM Booking Brochure is nearly off to print and we look forward to sharing this exciting mix of artists and events with you at our launch on Tuesday 28 March! In this month's E-note we interview one of our international artists, Czech Republic/UK based harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. He's a bit of a character and we look forward to welcoming him to Townsville! We also announce our 'day off' event which is back by popular demand and offer you the chance to win some tickets to Medici Concerts with Piers Lane!
Kind regards,
The AFCM Team. 
Image: The Strand Pier, Tourism & Events Queensland
Chamber Chat 
Mahan Esfahani, Harpsichord
"Mahan Esfahani, the Iranian-American harpsichordist who has done more than anyone this century to give his instrument a plucking great kick up the rear...." (The Times of London) – This more or less sums up everything for me, said the man himself when AFCM caught up with for a quick Q&A.
Q. What are you most looking forward to at AFCM 2017? I'm particularly looking forward to getting to know my Czech colleague Jiri Barta a bit better. We actually live at the same junction in Prague, but since we are both travelling a lot we don't get together as much as we'd like. So, it'll be good to take some Duty-Free Slivovice with us and have a few Bohemian late nights.
Q. Is there a song that never fails to move you emotionally? It would either have to be the last movement of Elgar's 1st symphony or Michael Jackson's 'Blame it on the Boogie' depending on my mood.
Q. What is your fondest musical memory? My fondest musical memory is when I was teaching a young pianist in Shanghai on my last visit there and for some reason or another since he was playing pages and pages of Rachmaninoff and Liszt I decided, absent-mindedly almost, to give him a couple of pieces by Cabezon and Buxtehude. I saw him two days later and he played so beautifully that I shan't forget that, ever.
Q. In the movie of your life, who plays you? I would wish someone like Paul Giamatti, because he's my favourite actor, but of course we all know my looks are closer to Bruce Willis.  
Back by Popular Demand
Orpheus Island Concert
Why not join us for one of the major highlights of the AFCM, the Orpheus Island Concert Cruise on Tuesday 1st August.
Departing Breakwater terminal at 1pm on board one of SeaLink’s fast ferries, you will enjoy the spectacular scenery of the north coast of Queensland and the islands offshore. For the last two years the cruise has been greeted by whales on the way over and we are hopeful we might see some again. Delightful canapés and fine wines will be served during our 2 hour journey.
Upon arrival at Yanks Jetty, Orpheus Island, you will have time to explore the beach and surrounding areas, perhaps even taking a dip in the crystal-clear waters, before settling down for a magical performance by some of our festival artists in a concert environment like no other. On the way home we will enjoy a breathtaking sunset over a delightful dinner and sweets before returning to the Breakwater terminal at 7:30pm.
We want let you know though, that because of the access to and from the ferry at the island, and generally walking around amongst rocks and beach sand you need to enjoy good mobility to join us on this trip. Nor is any seating provided on the beach. You are welcome though to bring a towel and/or your own fold-up chair on the ferry.
This event sells out every time we have been able to run it so don’t miss out. We look forward to welcoming you on board.
The Lie of the Land
Townsville, North Queensland
Most holiday accommodation is located either in Palmer Street or along The Strand, with a couple of hotels also in the CBD. Palmer Street is closest to the theatre (2.4kms away), whilst The Strand (the suburb of North Ward) is closest to the beach. If you are reasonably fit you can walk between Palmer Street, the city and the beach – the weather in July is certainly pleasant enough to get around on foot. The distance from Palmer Street to the start of The Strand is approximately 1.5km so a pleasant 20 minute walk. Townsville has several good café precincts including Palmer Street, City Lane and Gregory Street (near The Strand).
For more about Townsville please click below.  
Self-Drive Discoveries 
North, South and West! 
If you have a car then be sure to take advantage of the many attractions in the Townsville region. A 90 minute drive north will get you to TYTO wetlands with an abundance of birds and wildlife; a 45 minute drive west will have you at the historic Heritage Tea Rooms providing stunning views as you drive up Herveys Range; or drive 20 minutes south and you arrive at Billabong Sanctuary, a wonderful Australian animal wildlife park. Other self-drive options include Crystal Creek and Saunders Beach both a short drive north of Townsville or just 15 minutes from the CBD is the Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park; and of course you must drive up Castle Hill and enjoy the superb views across Townsville and Magnetic Island. 
Medici Concerts Gala Concert with Piers Lane
Medici Concerts, Piers Lane A Night in Vienna, celebrates the glorious music of the Waltz King Johann Strauss, Mozart and Beethoven. Vienna’s famous SacherÔÇÉTorte will be specially created for concert patrons. Concert Hall, QPAC 19 February 3pm. For your chance to WIN a double pass email your contact details with AFCM/LANE as the subject line to by 15 February.
Opera in the Paddock
this March
Opera North West is committed to bringing opera to regional audiences and this year some of Australia’s brightest stars come to the New England region to perform opera classics along with musical favourites. Be entertained on Friday 24 March at Lazenby Hall Armidale or Under the Stars on Saturday 25 March at “Mimosa” Delungra (west of Inverell). For more info click below or call 1800 240 301.
Musica Viva Festival offers 15% off Tickets
Experience four days of unmissable music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music this April. With six unique concerts, extraordinary international and local artists, masterclasses and talks; there’s something for everyone!
Quote promo code: AFCMFESTIVAL when purchasing tickets to access an exclusive 15% off tickets.
Winterschool Applications open soon!
For any aspiring musicians in ensembles, we have an amazing opportunity for you! Applications for the 2017 Advanced Masterclass Program open on 27 February. Participants not only gain access to top national and international artists for lessons, masterclasses, mentoring and concerts but experience the entire festival with complimentary tickets to core concerts. Just $350 per person.
Singers wanted for Families' Concert!
Do you know a young singer that might be interested in getting involved with this year's AFCM Families' Concert - Brundibar where they will get to perform alongside professional
musicians? Make sure you get them to come along to our OPEN CLASS on Sunday 5 March from 1pm - 3pm at the Old Courthouse Theatre, Townsville where they will work with Director Madonna Davies and Chorus Master Anne Milanovic. 
Musica Viva Tasmania present Orava Quartet
This youthful and energetic quartet has a formidable international reputation.
Their first Tasmanian appearance will feature Haydn’s aptly-named ‘Sunrise’ quartet, little-known Czech composer, Erwin Schulhoff’s dazzling first quartet, and the Tchaikovsky piece that made Tolstoy weep. Hobart Town Hall, Monday 6 March, 8pm.



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