Southern Cross Soloists, proud owner and operators of the 18th Bangalow Music Festival, has unveiled its stellar program for this year’s event from 9 to 11 August, under the theme of Conversations through Chamber Music. The Southern Cross Soloists is one of Australia’s most formidable and long-running chamber music ensembles and the festival a local favourite.

This year’s thematic is woven into a fascinating program that explores the intangible language of music; the oldest and most universal language. Southern Cross Soloists is synonymous with excellence, delivering quality music-making both in Australia and internationally. Over the last two-and-a-half decades, Southern Cross Soloists has established itself as one of Australia’s most exceptional chamber music troupe. Southern Cross Soloists is a not-for-profit organisation and a Company-in-Residence at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and is proudly preparing for its Silver Jubilee in 2020.

The program for the Bangalow Music Festival was officially lauched this morning in the namesake town by Southern Cross Soloists’ Chair, Greg Thompson and Artistic Director, Tania Frazer.

Over the three day event, musicians will explore musical heritage across nine curated concerts in beautiful Bangalow’s A & I Hall. This year’s festival program, celebrates and explores 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.

When announcing the program, Artisitc Director Tania Frazer said that the conversation of chamber music is continuous and contagious. “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,” said Frazer. “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.”

The festival will play host to more than 30 internationally regarded and young up and coming artists, with 15 featured artists across nine curated concerts. The full program of musicians can be viewed on the Southern Cross Soloists’ webpage.

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