IT is the last place you would expect to hear classical music.
But next month contemporary classical music will come alive in the canefields when Mackay Sugar stages its first major community event, Classical in the Cane Fields, on the grounds of the historic Greenmount Homestead on Saturday, July 14.
A new feature of Mackay's Festival of Arts, the Mackay Sugar Classical in the Cane Fields is set to mesmerise its audience with its unique array of music performances comprising some of the best local and national acts.
The event's headline acts include Aston, a Sydney-based classical music group currently taking the world by storm with its ability to transform modern pop songs into classical renditions, and Shenzo, the world's only electric stunt orchestra that mixes musical tunes with death-defying airborne acrobatics.
Also set to appear is 2012 Golden Fiddle Awards winner Quatro, a young female quartet that will delight with a repertoire of modern, Celtic and crossover styles.
Mackay Sugar's Communications Manager Lorelei van Dalen said she was thrilled to be working with the organisers of Mackay's Festival of Arts to turn her unique event concept into reality.
"This event is aimed at providing the Mackay community an opportunity to sample a feast of musical talent and celebrate our sugar industry.
"The Mackay Sugar Classical in the Cane Fields will be one of those events that you'll never forget, with its blend of amazing music, roving entertainers and an ambience like no other event.
"I'm sure this event will grow each year and will become as popular as other Australian music festivals."