Classical treats in final week of Cairns Festival 2012
Classical music lovers are in for a treat this week, with a selection of fantastic shows around the city.
A three-night musical tour through the ages and a concert on Cairns’ only full-size pipe organ are stand-out events of Cairns Festival’s final week.
Cairns Classical Music Group has been presenting live classical music concerts in Cairns for more than fifty years. Tomorrow night, they present one of their showcase annual events, Ensembles, Arias and Pipe Organ.
Featuring choirs, instrumental ensembles, soloists and more, it features organ items played on Cairns Presbyterian Church’s Spuren and Rutt pipe organ, the only pipe organ in Far North Queensland.
Compiled and compered by David Godwin, it will be a treat for anyone who loves sacred and classical music.
Paradise Concerts also turns it on this week, with three great shows at Centre of Contemporary Arts, the first of which is also on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s Oblivion – A Sultry Night in Buenos Aires features the talents of Ambre Hammond (pictured), Kirley Leigh and Chris Burcin, performing passionate yet dark music from Astor Piazzolla, Villa Lobos, Granados and more.
On Thursday, Kirtley and Ambre return with Fantasia, featuring the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Kreisler, Chopin, Lizst, Rachmaninov, Sarasate, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Ravel; while on Saturday, the final show features popular New Zealand ensemble Comrade Z for a wild night of gypsy cabaret and vaudeville delights.
Cairns Classical Music Group’s Ensembles, Arias and Pipe Organ is on Tuesday night at Cairns Presbyterian Church, from 7.30pm. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 concession, children under 12 free, available on the door.
Paradise Concerts’ Chamber Music Series at Centre of Contemporary Arts is on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Tickets from artscairns.com.au, more information from paradiseconcerts.com
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Classical delights: Ambre Hammond brings her celebrated skills on the piano to Cairns Festival this week.