28/07 — 05/08/2017
July E-newsletter
9 days to go!
We are down to single digits and the weather is looking absolutely spectacular in Townsville at the moment. We hope you are packing your bags and studying the program ready for 9 days of amazing music plus an After Party on Magnetic Island to round out the festivities!
In this month's E-note we have important information about food available during the festival, concert timings and things to do in Townsville. If you have any questions, it's always a good idea to check out our Frequently Asked Questions page here online. 
We look forward to Friday next week when the music begins!
Warm regards, 
The AFCM Team. 
P.S. Congratulations to Dene Olding AM and Alice Giles AM on receiving awards within the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Well deserved Dene and Alice!
Image: Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland

Save with a Four Concert Package!
Buy a Festival Four package and save up to $57. Choose any four concerts from the Sunset Series and Evening Series for just $199.The choice is yours but we can highly recommend Bach by Candlelight 1 & 2, From Russia with Love and Oh Là Là! 

Chamber Chat 
Nexas Quartet
We are excited to welcome our first ever saxophone quartet to AFCM this year. The Nexas Quartet regularly performs diverse repertoire that reflects their artistic direction and are looking forward to sharing the stage with world leading chamber musicians in an idyllic setting.
Q. For those who haven’t experienced a saxophone quartet before, what can they expect? The saxophone quartet is a wonderful sound world. The four instruments can make an incredibly homogenous sound or divide into four distinct personalities. It can sound intimate or like a chamber orchestra. The colours and sound world really is full of amazing potential.
Q. How did you all meet and form as a group? Nexas was formed in 2002 when we all met studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. We were thrown together and ended up performing over 100 times in our first three years together. Michael Duke joined the group as our soprano player in 2011.
Q. What has been your big breakthrough moment as a group so far? The last 12 months have been amazing for us as an ensemble. We finally bit the bullet and recorded our first CD 'Current' which displays our collaborations with some of Australia's leading composers. On the back of this we started a collaboration with Peter Coleman-Wright. This has included an ABC Classics release 'Ballads of a Pleasant Life' and the creation of a show 'Composers in Exile'. Peter has been wonderful to work with and has really helped in exposing our Quartet to a greater audience.
Nexas will be performing on Orpheus Island (sold out) and in the Queens Gardens Concert with Peter Coleman-Wright on Sunday 30 July from 3pm which is a FREE event!
My Picks
Stephen Baines, AFCM Board Member
Stephen Baines is a regular festivalgoer and joined the AFCM Board this year. Stephen tells us what he is looking forward to at this year's Festival. 
True to form, Piers’ farewell Festival promises to be as diverse and as stimulating as ever.
Opening night looks fascinating. I’m intrigued to see what the fabulous Genevieve Lacey and Poul Høxbro conjure up, and Smetana’s Piano Trio (featuring Piers himself) is sure to be a treat.
How wonderful it is to welcome back Jack Liebeck, and I’m particularly looking forward to the Beethoven Septet at the Currajong House Garden Party.
Mahan Esfahani will be a highlight – especially his lead role in Manuel de Falla’s Concerto for Harpsichord and flute, oboe, clarinet, viola and cello. This will be the centerpiece of the Governor’s Gala concert, which also features Kathy Stott and the Goldner String Quartet performing Dvoƙák’s Piano Quintet in A major.
I’m a Schubert tragic, so I will be on the edge of my seat for the String Quartet in C major, and the incredible song cycle Die schöne Müllerin with Henk Neven and Orli Shaham.
Finally, check out the remarkable Nexas Quartet. These four talented saxophonists will be featured in events throughout the Festival, most notably at the Orpheus Island concert. Sumptuous music, sumptuous location – what a combination!
There are still plenty of tickets available for concerts in the Townsville Civic Theatre including Opening Night, Governor's Gala and Evening Series Viennese Masterpieces. To book call TicketShop on 1800 44 99 77.
Concert Crawl
Stories & Music
Combine two atmospheric venues with two stellar concerts and this year’s Concert Crawl will be one worth attending. Begin your evening with canapés and wine at either St James' Cathedral or St Joseph’s Church (The Strand), enjoy a one hour concert then stroll to the second church for another one hour performance. The line-up of artists and the program of music is quite spectacular. Limited tickets available, so be quick. Adults $89, Members $80.  
Free Concert
Parking & Seating Information
The hugely popular Queens Gardens Free Concert is back on Sunday 30 July at 3pm. Please note parking is limited, so this year the Townsville City Council is running a park and ride bus service from Dean St to Queens Gardens and Queens Gardens to Dean St via the Strand & City from 1-5pm. Remember, there is no seating in the park so please bring your own picnic rug or fold-up chairs. Food and drink vans will be onsite and the music will be plentiful! 
Civic Theatre Food Options
Essentially Fresh Deli and Catering has been serving the AFCM for 3 years. Michel and his team will be providing affordable, fresh and delicious meals during the festival including his famous creamy garlic prawns and beef burgundy. Meals available 28, 29 and 31 July and 2, 3, 4 and 5 August, you simply order on the day. They will also offer cakes and other snacks from the bar area.  
Join a Festival Long Table Dinner
A perfect way to start your evening is with like-minded music lovers! Head down any night of the Festival to a Long Table Dinner at either Jam Restaurant or Michels, both on Palmer Street and enjoy a meal and a glass of wine for $35. No need to book, just join the Festival Long Table between 5:30 and 7:00pm. Menus available online. 
Concert Timings
Based on your feedback last year we’ve made some changes to the start times of our main concert series. Concert Conversations will now start at 10:15am and be followed by a light lunch at 11:45 (rather than morning-tea). The afternoon and evening concerts will start 30 minutes earlier with the Ray Golding Sunset Series starting at 5:00pm and Evening Concerts at 7:30pm with the evening concerts, except the final night, finishing approximately 9:30pm. 
Strand Ephemera - a must see!
In Townsville at the same time as the Festival, Strand Ephemera will showcase a number of stunning and highly engaging exhibits along the beachfront esplanade. Take the time to wonder along The Strand, soak up the sunshine and enjoy this amazing display. From Friday 28 July to Sunday 6 August. 
Townsville Cinema Group
Spanning the globe, this is the celebratory story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The feature-length documentary follows this group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope. There might even be a guest appearance by Kathryn Stott! 7:15pm Thursday 27 July at Warrina Cineplex. $13 for 2 films. 
Popup NQ
Arts Festival
Popup NQ Townsville explodes with art during AFCM 2017. During the afternoon check-out Pop-Up North Queensland – PUNQ.
PUNQ is a festival of pop-up exhibitions and shops in Townsville’s CBD featuring screenings, performances, workshops, artist talks, music and some of the coolest, most unique pop-up shops around.   


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