Queensland String Concert Guide

Find all your local String Concerts in one place. String Concert Guide for Brisbane, South East Queensland and Northern NSW.
To have your string event listed, please contact us a week before the first of the month.

Feb
22
Wed
IN CONVERSATION: MAXIM VENGEROV + ALONDRA DE LA PARRA @ QSO Studios
Feb 22 @ 5:30 pm

IN CONVERSATION: MAXIM VENGEROV + ALONDRA DE LA PARRA

Conductor Alondra de la Parra
Artist-in-Residence Maxim Vengerov

DON’T MISS MAXIM VENGEROV IN RECITAL
Gain a deeper insight into the guest artists that grace our concert stage.

These up-close special events are illuminating and entertaining.

Join us for a complimentary drink beforehand at 5.30pm.

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Feb
23
Thu
VENGEROV IN RECITAL – Presented by QSO @ Concert Hall
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Violin Maxim Vengerov

Piano Roustem Saïtkoulov​

An unforgettable evening in the great tradition of violin recitals.

This stunning event heralds Vengerov’s tenure as 2017 Artist-in-Residence with QSO. Catch him while you can, up close and personal, in recital. Experience live, the international phenomenon that is Maxim Vengerov.

Schubert Grand Duo in A Major
Beethoven Sonata No.7 in C Minor
Ravel Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major
Ernst Variations on the Irish folk song The Last Rose of Summer (solo violin)
Paganini Cantabile
Paganini (arr. Kreisler) I palpiti

Gain a deeper insight:
In Conversation with Maxim Vengerov + Alondra de la Parra – Wednesday 22 February 2017 5.30pm

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Feb
28
Tue
Fettlers Yard – Presented by The Bug @ New Farm Bowls Club
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Fettler’s Yard is all about an uncomplicated, transparent feel from guitar, violin, bass and voice that is interesting listening, easy on the ear and often lively. We borrow songs from the best in contemporary folk music that features lyrical story telling and playing. Our delicate playing styles and distinctive voices bring melody and words together in a way that will stir your emotions and get your feet tapping. We play what we love and love passing that feeling on – enjoy. Fettler’s Yard is Jodi Murtha, Kateena Ryan and Ian Smith.

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Mar
3
Fri
Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at Red Hill Community Sports Club, 22 Fulcher Road, Red Hill. Contact Emma Nixon emma@emmanixon.com.au for details.

Advanced Fiddle Club night is on from 7:00 – 9:00pm at Red Hill Community Sports Club. Level 1 Theory for Folk class is on in the same venue from 6:00 -6:45pm.

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Moreton Celtic Fiddle Club @ Mango Hill community hall,
Mar 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Held once a month for all keen fiddlers, cellists, guitarists, and musicians in the community.
You will need to bring Your fiddle, Cello, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, recorder, Harp, Bodhran, double bass, banjo, viola and a music stand!
We many have performances we are preparing for:
see Upcoming Events page for details.
We have fun, learn tunes and meet others with the same interest.
Date
First Friday of every month

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CLASSIQUE – Presented by Camerata @ Concert Hall
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The gala season opener, Classique, brings Camerata together with Australian violinist Jane Peters, in a program that shimmers with classical elegance and refined romanticism.

“Ms Peters is a substantive musician and a refined violinist. [Her] tone is luminous and true; her playing is articulate and supple.” The New York Times
Jane Peters made her stage debut at age ten and came to national attention two years later as winner of the Showcase Competition on Australian television. A former prize-winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition, Jane Peters’ exclusive Australian appearance includes an unconducted performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Mozart’s tender Adagio.

For the first time Camerata will perform Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, highly refined works by Russian composers that look back to earlier classical era music for inspiration.
FEATURING
Jane Peters Solo Violin
Plus wild card mystery guest

PROGRAM
Sergei Prokofiev Classical Symphony, Op.25 (Symphony No.1)
Wolfgang A. Mozart Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E Major, K.261
Igor Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite
Felix Mendelssohn Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Minor, Op.64

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My Nightingale @ Studio 188
Mar 3 @ 8:00 pm

Presented by Studio 188

Part of Studio 188‘s Groove & Grape series

Award winning singer, Elly Hoyt, grew up in the forests of Tasmania. She left her home at eighteen to study music and has been travelling and performing around the world for the last ten years.

While studying jazz in Boston USA recently, Elly discovered a poem by holocaust survivor Rose Ausländer that was dedicated to Ausländer’s mother called My Nightingale. Deeply moved, and feeling the pull of her homeland, Elly was driven to start a band in honour of her own mother, her early music influences, and honouring her true self.

After returning to Brisbane in 2016, Elly joined forces with Beck Flatt, Helen Svoboda and Rebecca Karlen. Within minutes of playing together, they all knew that this was something special.
Thus My Nightingale was born.

Bringing together diverse backgrounds from Australia, Finland, Sweden and America, expect soul-soothing tunes with luscious vocal harmonies, layers of beautiful strings, and groovy folk rhythms.
This group is destined for big things. Don’t miss out on this exciting journey!

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Mar
5
Sun
Intermediate Celtic Sessions @ Finbar's Lounge Bar
Mar 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

1st & 3rd Sundays 1pm – 4pm

 

Musicians and Audience Welcome

Tunes played include BBS, NFF Session Experience, Maleny Tunes Class &
other common tunes at a moderate pace. Playing by ear encouraged.

More Info: Kate Fraser 07 5499 9172 Email

Maleny Tunes Class – Wednesdays

Maleny Presbyterian Hall, Cedar Street, Maleny

Mainly Irish Tunes taught slowly by ear, slower and more advanced learning catered for.

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ANGELS AND DEMONS – Presented by Southern Cross Soloists @ Concert Hall
Mar 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

From the sublime to the diabolical, Angels and Demons explores the fascination with the ethereal cosmos versus the gothic macabre.

Join the charming Damien Beaumont for captivating stories and witty insights as Southern Cross Soloists perform works of unutterable beauty by Rachmaninov, Tavener and Mozart, and gleefully devilish fury by Liszt and Marais along with Mozart’s dramatically brooding Don Giovanni overture.

These opposing forces come to a head in the world premiere performance of the titular new work by the Soloists’ own Ashley Smith, Angels and Demons.

PROGRAM

Tavener Song of the Angel
Marais Le Tourbillon (The Tornado)
Marais Le Tableau de l’Opération de la Taille (The Gallbladder Operation)
Mozart Don Giovanni Overture K.527
Mozart Adagio from Serenade No. 10 K.361
Smith Angels and Demons (World Premiere)
Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre Op. 40
Rachmaninov Adagio from Symphony No. 2
Liszt Totentanz (Dance of the Dead): Paraphrase on Dies Irae S.126

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Mar
7
Tue
Eighth Blackbird – Presented by Musica Viva @ Queensland Conservatorium Theatre
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm

INTERNATIONAL CONCERT SEASON 2017

“Professionalism and proficiency amplified by that indefinable X factor, charisma.” New York Times

Celebrate the joy of the new with Eighth Blackbird. The closest thing classical music has to a rock band, this ensemble – described by the LA Times as a collection of ‘supermusicians’ – revels in the work of living composers, played with love, virtuosity and enjoyment. This tour sees them delving into contemporary gems by Muhly, Dessner, Hearne and Andres, alongside a world premiere by Sydney composer Holly Harrison.

NATHALIE JOACHIM flutes
MICHAEL J MACCAFERRI clarinets
YVONNE LAM violin & viola
NICHOLAS PHOTINOS cello
MATTHEW DUVALL percussion
ADAM MARKS piano

PROGRAM

MUHLY Doublespeak
DESSNER Murder Ballades
HARRISON Lobster Tales and Turtle Soup (World Premiere)*
HEARNE By-By Huey
ANDRES Checkered Shade

*Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia with support from Geoff Stearn and the Hildegard Project

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Mar
11
Sat
Viola and Cello workshop with Bethan Lewis and Dr Danielle Bentley @ Gallery 2, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Primary and secondary school aged viola and cello students (from AMEB Grade 2 equivalent and above) are invited to perform and receive coaching from Collusion musicians Bethan Lewis and Dr Danielle Bentley, under the observation of a friendly audience. Each student will receive 20 minutes tuition. Studio teachers may also apply for a place if they wish to discuss teaching strategies and ask questions in an extended open forum.
There will be only 6 places offered – first 6 students/teachers will receive a performance/discussion place. If there is demand a 2nd workshop may be offered for Sunday the 12th March (please enquire if places fill).
Each student should prepare a short performance of musical work/s which lasts no more than 7 minutes (an excerpt of a longer work is okay). A piano accompanist will be engaged for the event (please email Collusion piano part to gareth@collusion.com.au). Students are also welcome to perform with their own accompanist. Accompaniment is not essential, however is encouraged.
Observing student/teacher/parent ($12):
All ages of students are welcome to observe, from beginners to advanced. To make these workshops possible and the following concert free, we ask that all observers respect the attendance fee.
The Collusion concert following the workshop/s at 3pm (Gallery 1) is FREE. Seating may be limited.

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Violin workshop. Collusion violinists Camille Barry and Benjamin Greaves @ Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Primary and secondary school aged violin students (from AMEB Grade 2 equivalent and above) are invited to perform and receive coaching from Collusion musicians Benjamin Greaves and Camille Barry, under the observation of a friendly audience. Each student will receive 20 minutes tuition. Studio teachers may also apply for a place if they wish to discuss teaching strategies and ask questions in an extended open forum.
There will be only 6 places offered – first 6 students/teachers will receive a performance/discussion place. If there is demand a 2nd workshop may be offered for Sunday the 12th March (please enquire if places fill).
Each student should prepare a short performance of musical work/s which lasts no more than 7 minutes (an excerpt of a longer work is okay). A piano accompanist will be engaged for the event (please email Collusion piano part to gareth@collusion.com.au). Students are also welcome to perform with their own accompanist. Accompaniment is not essential, however is encouraged.
Observing student/teacher/parent ($12):
All ages of students are welcome to observe, from beginners to advanced. To make these workshops possible and the following concert free, we ask that all observers respect the attendance fee.
The Collusion concert following the workshop/s at 3pm (Gallery 1) is FREE. Seating may be limited.

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VIOLIN MAKERS SHOWCASE – Presented by Collusion @ Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
Mar 11 @ 2:00 pm

General admission to concert is free
Information: Contact Collusion
email info@collusion.com.au or call 0404 646 709
​Performance and workshops: more info

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QYO Concerts at Twilight @ Old Museum Concert Hall
Mar 11 @ 5:30 pm

The QYO Concerts at Twilight series features QYO orchestras and ensembles and guest ensembles from Brisbane and regional Queensland, performing in the heritage-listed Old Museum Concert Hall.

 

Saturday 11 March 5:30pm

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Mar
12
Sun
The Amadeus Orchestra @ Centre Stage
Mar 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Sunday March 12th
Queen St Mall, Centre Stage, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm

The Amadeus Orchestra is a Brisbane, Queensland, based orchestra available for weddings, events, corporate functions and parties.

We combine a diverse repertoire, ranging from great classical works to lighter compositions, with excellent musicianship.The ensemble is comprised of strings, wind instruments, trumpet, horn and voice.

Our classically trained musicians are dedicated to the entertainment and enrichment of life in Brisbane through the highest quality musical performances.

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BRYO HIGH TEA 2017 @ City Tabernacle Baptist Church Hall
Mar 12 @ 2:00 pm

Our annual High Tea is back! Enjoy an afternoon of delectable treats and beautiful music at a brilliant price!

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Down Memory Lane – Presented by Brisbane City Pops Orchestra @ Schonell Theatre
Mar 12 @ 2:00 pm

Ample free parking available next to the Schonell Theatre. Programs and post-concert refreshments are provided! To find out where on campus you can park, head to Parkopedia.com. Parkopedia is a free website that lists all publicly available parking lots, including info on street parking.

Chen Yang – Conductor

Chen Yang was appointed concertmaster of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra (QTO) after graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with distinction in violin performance. He later joined the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) for many years.
Chen is currently the leader and conductor of Corda Spiritus Orchestra of Brisbane and The Sinfonia of St Andrew’s Orchestra. He appears regularly as guest conductor for The Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra in their annual Metro Concert Series. In 2014 he was invited to conduct The Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra in a Gala Concert celebrating their 20thAnniversary.
Chen has worked in music education for many years with his long association with the Queensland Youth Orchestra (QYO) leading their Junior String Ensemble (JSE) consisting of up to 70 talented young string players. At present he is also conductor and string teacher at St Hilda’s School, Southport.
His other musical interests include playing baroque violin with The Badinerie Players of Brisbane.

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Mar
15
Wed
Beer & Beethoven: A night of Classical Music and Classical Beers @ Saccharomyces Beer Cafe
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Beer & Beethoven: A night of Classical Music and Classical Beers
by Saccharomyces Beer Cafe

Join us for a night of classical music and classical beers!
That’s right Saccharomyces together with Newstead Brewing Co are classing up the joint. It’s time to frock up and pull out that three piece suit as a string Quartet takes us through a selection of Beethovens movements while you enjoy some classic beer with a new age twist.
Tickets include beer and canapes on arrival and a sit down concert by some amazingly talented classical musicians.

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Mar
17
Fri
Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
Mar 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at Red Hill Community Sports Club, 22 Fulcher Road, Red Hill. Contact Emma Nixon emma@emmanixon.com.au for details.

Advanced Fiddle Club night is on from 7:00 – 9:00pm at Red Hill Community Sports Club. Level 1 Theory for Folk class is on in the same venue from 6:00 -6:45pm.

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Venice to Vienna – Presented by QSO @ George Hogg Auditorium
Mar 17 @ 7:30 pm

 

Orchestral concert

BUY TICKETS
With Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Presented by Ipswich Civic Centre

Explore the glittering cultural jewels of Venice and Vienna in an evening of glorious music including waltzes, polkas and a roll-call of your all-time favourite orchestral work.

Join Queensland Symphony Orchestra as it powers through Vivaldi’s immortal Four Seasons, Strauss’ famous Czardas from Die Fledermaus, and Vilja from Lehár’s The Merry Widow.

Conducted by Nathan Aspinall and featuring soprano Judit Molnar, enjoy an evening with Queensland’s largest performing arts company.

QSO is renowned for its high quality, breath-taking performances of both classical and modern compositions that engage audiences of all musical tastes, interests and ages.

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