Cham­ber fes­ti­val a new chal­lenge for Hack­ett

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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