Chamber festival a new challenge for Hackett
PLAYING a key role in an i nternationally renowned festival is music to Sue Hackett’s ears.
She is the Australian Festival of Chamber Music general manager and can’t wait to get started.
It’s the first time the former South Australian has been to Townsville and it’s a place she has decided to call home for at least the next three years while she is involved with the festival.
Ms Hackett launched the 2011 festival – which runs from July 29-August 6 – at Jupiters Ballroom last night.
‘‘ The last two years I was general manager for Pacific Opera in Sydney,’’ she said.
‘‘ This is a very good festival, I am very excited.
‘‘ It’s unusual to have so much local support as well as internationally and nationally known artists.’’
Ms Hackett will work with staff, musicians, patrons and donors.
The festival was established in 1991 to bring worldrenowned classical musicians to Townsville.
The festival has developed an international reputation for its distinguished artists and i nnovative programming across a r ange of chamber music styles.
Besides the core chamber concert series, the festival has a number of other key c o mp o n e n t s f o c u s e d o n music, entertainment, education, community outreach and the environment.