The Bangalow Music Festival, owned, operated and presented by Southern Cross Soloists, is a major event in the Australian arts calendar. Now in its 18th year, the Festival maintains a strong tradition of presenting world-class chamber music performances. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the northern New South Wales hinterland, it is no wonder that audiences return year after year to experience everything the Festival has to offer. With nine concert programs carefully crafted by Artistic Director Tania Frazer, as well as community and education events, the Bangalow Music Festival has something to suit all tastes.
The 2019 Festival will explore concepts that have been at the core of Southern Cross Soloists for many years. Audiences will be taken on a journey of discovery through the language of music, as our musicians expose and demonstrate the level of communication and collaboration it takes to truly present Conversations Through Chamber Music.
Over three days, peerless musicians will explore musical heritage across nine curated concerts in beautiful Bangalow’s A&I Hall from Friday August 9 to Sunday August 11. This year’s festival celebrates and explores through its program, the true essence of chamber music: communication, collaboration and conversation. It was first published 110 years ago that chamber music is the music of friends. A truly democratic form of collaborative music without hierarchy and, without conductor, inclusively equal.
Announcing the program, Artistic Director Tania Frazer said, “Music magically tells a story and begins a conversation between the performers and the listeners, capturing hidden emotions and atmospheres that belie words or descriptions and connects us to something larger than ourselves. The joy in performing chamber music is that it is a continuous conversation where each musician must listen, react, adjust and communicate on an almost constant basis. As a musical form, all performers are equal and share leading the ensemble.”
Tickets for this vibrant, populace chamber music festival, along with its very popular pre-festival events with local flavour – the Festival Prelude Event – Celebrating Bangalow: Emerging Stars of the Region (Thursday August 8, 7:30pm), the School’s Concert (Friday August 9, 11:00am) and Zentveld’s Coffee Plantation and Roastery Concert at Newrybar are on sale now. Last year’s 17th BMF had seven sell-out performances.
The Bangalow Music Festival, 9-11 August
Tickets and the full 2019 program are available at the website www.southernxsoloists.com