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Sunshine Coast 'screaming out' for more classical music as festival set to launch

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Details of the Sunshine Coast’s newest music festival will be revealed at the Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival’s cocktails and gypsy jazz soon to launch in Caloundra.

The sneak-peek launch event will shed light on the annual three-day classical music festival, which will showcase its unique brand of classical music interwoven with indigenous story-telling and instrumentation.

Chairman of the Sunshine Coast’s Chamber Music Festival, Ralph Devlin, said the event would fill a gaping hole on the Coast when it came to classical music, culture and entertainment.

“This festival will be something the Sunshine Coast has never seen,” Mr Devlin said.

“It’s clear to see that locals are screaming out for more classical music to be embedded in the community, especially of this scale and quality.

“The Sunshine Coast Chamber Music Festival will be a creative showcase of talented, world-class classical musicians and will be curated in way that appeals to both the musical ‘purists’ and the ‘punters’.”

For those not acquainted with classical music, chamber music is a scaled version of a traditional orchestra without compromising on the impressive and intricate sounds of a ‘big band’.

Traditionally, chamber music was written for a small group of musicians playing in a modest and intimate setting.   

While in parts, this format of music has retained much from its middle ages origin, the music itself has continued to develop in a way that is captivating to audiences of all ages and musical tastes.    

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Partnering with the business namesake, the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, the launch event will be held at the Strand Arcade in Caloundra’s main street on Tuesday, March 2, and is supported by a number of local businesses.  

President of the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, Michael Shadforth, said that this event could not have come at a better time.

“This event is exactly what the Sunshine Coast needs right now,” Mr Shadforth said.

“Not only does this festival provide another rich cultural experience for Sunny Coast locals but is a great leap forward in the recovery of the creative arts industry after it was decimated by COVID-19.”

The ‘festival cocktails and gypsy jazz’ launch event will include a performance from the Virtuoso, Jazz musician, composer, and stuntman Shenzo Gregorio among others.

Shenzo is a violinist and multi-instrumentalist with over 23 years’ experience from across a plethora of countries the world over with highlights, including the Montreux Jazz Festival and New York’s Carnegie Hall.   

Tickets for the launch are $30 and include a drink on arrival, light supper and world-class entertainment.  

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