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Bangalow Music Festival 2008 : 29-31 August

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An inspired paradise brimming with blissful music Described by legendary Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe as “the most exciting festival, outside a capital city…” the Bangalow Music Festival combines world-class musicians with captivating programming, delicious food and a festive atmosphere all surrounded by the sub-tropical beauty of the heritage township of Bangalow, NSW.

Opening on Friday 29 August and running through until Sunday 31 August, the program for the Festival comprises a colourful and dramatic range of musical styles, from renaissance song, through the delights of Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin and Schubert, to the drama and electricity of Hartmann and contemporary Australian music by Brett Dean, James Ledger (Southern Cross Soloists’ Composer in Focus for 2008) and Gerard Brophy. The Festival welcomes several top performers making their debut at Bangalow this year, including Ian Munro, piano; Graeme Jennings, violin; Julian Smiles, cello; Kees Boersma, double bass; and young pianist, Denny Liu, from New Zealand.

Also performing at the Festival for the first time will be Southern Cross Soloists2, an initiative of Southern Cross Soloists and the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Students of the same instrumentation as Southern Cross Soloists are auditioned to take part in this mentoring program, creating a ‘mini-version’ of the existing music ensemble, with the addition of a flautist. Favourite Bangalow guests returning to the stage this year include guitarist Slava Grigoryan, the renowned Grainger Quartet, violist Patricia Pollett, the Queensland Choir and members of the Bangalow Festival Chamber Orchestra.

BANGALOW MUSIC FESTIVAL 2008 Friday 29 to Sunday 31 August

Concert Venues: Concerts 1 to 8: A&I Hall, Station Street, Bangalow, NSW, Concert 9: St Kevin’s Church, Deacon Street, Bangalow, NSW - Seating is limited to 300.

Tickets range from $45 (single ticket) to $260 (single nine-concert subscription) W: www.southernxsoloists.com

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