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.

Nov
16
Thu
Mullum Music Festival @ Various Locations
Nov 16 – Nov 19 all-day

From humble beginnings, the picturesque village of Mullumbimby has hosted the Mullum Music Festival (MMF) since its inception in 2008. Nestled amongst the surrounding mountains in the Byron Bay hinterland, this diverse community of just over 3000 people has embraced this very different type of music event. The last decade has seen 600 world-class artists and thousands of people make their way to the festival, not bad for a little festival that started on the night of the electrical storm of the decade.

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Nov
17
Fri
Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
Nov 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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QSO, ALONDRA + VENGEROV @ Concert Hall
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm

Conductor Alondra de la Parra (QSO Music Director)

Violin Maxim Vengerov (QSO Artist-in-Residence)

Brahms Violin Concerto
Dutilleux Métaboles
Ravel Daphnis et Chloé Suites 1 & 2

Join us for an end of season spectacular. 

Hear Brahms’ great Violin Concerto in the hands of the unique Vengerov, and witness a truly unsurpassable event.

This grand evening concludes with the exhilarating sounds of Daphnis et Chloé, a full-blooded performance featuring the might of the QSO and The Australian Voices.

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Nov
18
Sat
Classics from the Masters – Presented by Davonski Concert Orchestra @ Nambour Uniting Church
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm

Featuring Louise Findlay with selected arias.

Afternoon tea included.

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Tango Night With The Mendoza Quartet @ Reload Expresso Bar
Nov 18 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm

A unique opportunity to experience the fiery power of tango music performed live by the talented Mendoza Quartet. Reload’s old bullet factory venue will be the perfect backdrop for a unique night of tangos, milongas, food, wine, dance and more. Get your tickets here (limited numbers) and ring 04136660826 for table and dinner bookings. This is the last Tango night at Reload for the year, bring your dancing shoes!

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My Nightingale w/ Angela Iimura @ The House with no Walls
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

We’re launching our debut EP “Folk Tales” with a national tour and we will be performing an intimate show at House With No Walls with the beautiful support of Angela Iimura.

“Absolutely exquisite… modern soul-funk, a bit folky, a bit celtic, with phenomenal voices, harmonies and dry humour!” – Sunshine Coast Ukelele Festival

Featuring the incredibly versatile vocals and songs of award-winning songstress Elly Hoyt, playing guitar and ukelele; My Nightingale explore the natural world and the themes that run through life’s experience. Elly is joined by Rebecca Karlen on violin, Beck Flatt on drums and Helen Svoboda on double bass.

With diverse musical backgrounds and stories, these talented musicians and singers bring to the stage soul soothing tunes with luscious vocal harmonies, layers of beautiful strings and groovy folk rhythms.

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QSO, ALONDRA + VENGEROV @ Concert Hall
Nov 18 @ 7:30 pm

Conductor Alondra de la Parra (QSO Music Director)

Violin Maxim Vengerov (QSO Artist-in-Residence)

Brahms Violin Concerto
Dutilleux Métaboles
Ravel Daphnis et Chloé Suites 1 & 2

Join us for an end of season spectacular. 

Hear Brahms’ great Violin Concerto in the hands of the unique Vengerov, and witness a truly unsurpassable event.

This grand evening concludes with the exhilarating sounds of Daphnis et Chloé, a full-blooded performance featuring the might of the QSO and The Australian Voices.

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Nov
19
Sun
Showtime – Presented by BCPO @ Kedron-Wavell Services Club
Nov 19 @ 2:00 pm

An exciting and entertaining collection of some of the most memorable music from your favourite shows, composers and groups!

We will feature a wonderful selection from the romantic South Pacific, as well as some of Irving Berlin’s best-loved melodies.

You will enjoy reminiscing over some of Broadway’s best showstoppers

Our vocalist is Gregory Moore, Internationally acclaimed Tenor, an audience favourite, as well as ours!  He will delight you with “Goodbye” from White Horse Inn, music from “The Vagabond King”, “My Way” and others.

As a special treat we will have the famous poem, “The Man From Snowy River”, narrated by Martin Daubney, with an orchestral background.

Other items will include Golden Wedding (featuring solo clarinet), our trumpeters amazing us with “Buglar’s Holiday and some Strauss as well.

Please come and join us for a most entertaining afternoon of great music, as we present “SHOWTIME”.  A show not to be missed.

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OAE & Rachel Podger – Presented by Musica Viva @ Concert Hall
Nov 19 @ 3:00 pm

ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT

RACHEL PODGER director and violin

Britain’s most revolutionary orchestra makes its first, widely anticipated full tour of Australia for Musica Viva.

Led by acclaimed violinist Rachel Podger, their concerts match brilliant execution with gleeful enjoyment. Played on original instruments, symphonies by Haydn and JC Bach, as well as two violin concertos by Mozart, make for an engaging program of grace and verve.

PROGRAM
HAYDN Symphony no 26 in D minor
MOZART Violin Concerto no 1 in B-flat major, K207
JC BACH Symphony in G minor, op 6 no 6
MOZART Violin Concerto no 5 in A major, K219

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Nov
23
Thu
OzManouche the Australian Festival of Jazz Manouche @ Brisbane Jazz Club
Nov 23 – Nov 26 all-day

Held at the Brisbane Jazz Club, Brisbane, Oz Manouche is four days of concert performances, workshops, masterclasses, film screenings, merchandise stalls, food, licensed bar, chalkboard performances and endless djamming opportunities!

Festivals dedicated to jazz manouche are held around the world, the most notable being the Samois Festival du Django Reinhardt in France.

2015 was our tenth anniversary and the festival is stronger than ever. Since 2006, musicians and fans have come from all over Australia to take part in celebrating this music.

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Southern Cross Soloists’ 2017 Community Lecture Series @ Auditorium 2
Nov 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In partnership with the State Library of Queensland

Have you ever wondered what kind of impact developing technology and globalisation has had on the world of classical music? Or what path classical music will take in the digital future?

If you have, or even if you haven’t, then come along to the first of Southern Cross Soloists’ 2017 community lecture series! Dr Ashley Smith will lead a guided tour of music aesthetics as he explores the meaning of classical music to the digital listener.

Held at the State Library of Queensland on Thursday, March 2nd at 6pm, tickets are $6.50. Click through to purchase yours now!

Lecture 3:

George Martin as the 20th century Mozart: The crossover of Art Music and Classical Music in the Digital Future

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Nov
24
Fri
Converse – Presented by Taimana Ensemble @ St Mary's Anglican Church, Kangaroo Point
Nov 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Joseph HAYDN – Piano Trio in D Major Hob.XV:16

Johannes BRAHMS – Sonata for Piano and Cello in F Major Op. 99

Elena FIRSOVA – Meditation in a Japanese Garden

Carl VINE – Sonata for Flute and Piano

The final concert of our 2017 Series brings together some of the greatest contrasts of our repertoire, from some of our earliest music through to some of our most recent. Haydn’s cheerful Piano Trio in D Major opens the concert with bright themes and witty interaction between the instruments, after which Brahms’ Sonata for Piano and Cello adds grandeur and refinement. Russian composer Elena Firsova’s mysterious and atmospheric Meditation in a Japanese Garden and Australian composer Carl Vine’s punchy Sonata for Flute Piano bring the concert into the 20th Century.

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The Elton Bastos Duo present Essencia Urbana @ Old Museum
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

We Are Born At Sunset

At a spectacular gala recital, The Elton Bastos Duo present the album Essencia Urbana in its entirety. The concert will be performed by the original composers, the consummate Portuguese violist Raquel Bastos and the prestigious Australian pianist Dr. Cécile Elton, with an additional set accompanied by special guests Stephen Cuttriss on bandoneon and Chloe Williamson on double bass.

This is a gala event for the consummate appreciator of classical contemporary music, which will also feature a demonstration of tango, that most effusive of dance styles, stern and passionate at once.

Essencia Urbana is a collection of deliciously creative compositions, which fuse diverse international influences. Like old friends reunited, the Portuguese culture of poignant fado (fate) music and the tremulous beating soul of the Argentinian tango embrace with superb balance.

The album responds directly to the poetry of Portugal’s cultural icon, Fernando Pessoa. This renowned author of the early 20th century has obtained the status of mythical hero, for his fadopoetry written from his seventy-five multiple personalities.

In order to better understand Pessoa, the man and the muse, Bastos will recite selected poems in the original language, and provide intimate translations.

The evening will be enlivened by a passionate demonstration of world-class tango. by international award-winning performers, Jose Camean and May Carreras, specialists in latin dance and Argentinean tango.

Raquel Bastos is a vibrant and energetic soloist and chamber musician, having toured across five continents, a remarkable achievement for a musician of only 35. Ambitions, driven, and passionately talented, Bastos gives the viola a voice of passion and intrigue.

Dr Cécile Elton is a highly awarded Australian composer-pianist, who has received an Academic Excellence award to honour her contribution to the field when awarded as Doctor of Musical Arts. Her quest to capture and embody tango can be heard in every resonate tone of Essencia Urbana.

The show will run for 2 hours plus an interval.

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Nov
25
Sat
“Purely Trios” – Presented by Pacific Chamber Players @ Coolum Catholic Church
Nov 25 @ 2:00 pm

Julie-Anne O’Reilly (Violin)
Nathan Smith (cello)
Janet Brewer (piano)

  • HAYDN                  Piano Trio In C, Hob XV:27
  • BEETHOVEN          Piano Trio In D, Op 70 No 1, “Ghost” 
  • MENDELSSOHN     Piano Trio No 1 in D minor, Op 49      

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Musical Postcards: Around the World in 80 Minutes @ Robina Community Centre
Nov 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

With works from across five continents, Musical Postcards presents a diverse palate of music featuring pieces by Rachmaninoff, Dave Brubeck, Ross Edwards, Villa-Lobos, Elgar, and Saint-Saens. Artists Elliott Plumpton (violin) and Crystal Smith (piano) perform a selection of solo and ensemble repertoire, with special guest artists performing violin duets prior to the recital and during interval.

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Nov
26
Sun
“Purely Trios” – Presented by Pacific Chamber Players @ Caloundra Uniting School
Nov 26 @ 2:00 pm

                                Julie-Anne O’Reilly (Violin)
Nathan Smith (cello)
Janet Brewer (piano)

  • HAYDN                  Piano Trio In C, Hob XV:27
  • BEETHOVEN          Piano Trio In D, Op 70 No 1, “Ghost” 
  • MENDELSSOHN     Piano Trio No 1 in D minor, Op 49      

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“Quattro Elementi” – Presented by Orchestra Concertino @ St Anne's Hall
Nov 26 @ 2:00 pm

Orchestra Concertino was inaugurated in 2015 as Brisbane Ensemble, became incorporated and changed the name to Orchestra Concertino in late 2016.  It was formed to generally cater for musicians in the Northern Suburbs of Brisbane, however  will take on anyone who is interested in joining.

In order for players to be comfortable with the repertoire, we envisage that the level of players would be a minimum of AMEB Grade 5.

Applicants can also be assessed on an individual basis.

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Arias at the Old Museum – Presented by Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra @ Old Museum Concert Hall
Nov 26 @ 3:00 pm

ARIAS AT THE OLD MUSEUM
METRO SERIES CONCERT # 4

BPO explores the magical world of opera under the baton of the newly appointed Head of Opera at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Mr Nicholas Cleobury. The program features a variety of enchanting arias, songs, and orchestral interludes from some of the best-known and most well-loved operas.

Our soloists for the event are the winners of our 2017 Concerto Competition which, in tradition, provides a platform for emerging Queensland artists to feature as soloists with BPO.

Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury

Soloists:
Annika Hinrichs (soprano)
Anna Stephens (soprano)
Oliver Boyd (baritone)
(Winners of the 2017 BPO Concerto Competition)

PROGRAM:
Wagner              Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Mahler               Lieder Eeines Fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)
Berlioz               Roman Carnival Overture
Offenbach         The Tales of Hoffmann:
Elle a Fui la Tourterelle and Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille (doll song)
Mascagni          Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Donizetti           The Daughter of t Regiment:
C’en est donc fait  
and Par le rang et par l’opulence
Saint-Saëns     Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila

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THE NIGHTINGALE – Presented by Southern Cross Soloists @ Concert Hall
Nov 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

A glimpse into the musical world of nature’s original night songstress, The Nightingale, this concert treats the audience to musical visions from dusk till dawn.

From nightmares of ghosts and restless sleep in Vivaldi’s eerie La Notte (The Night) to the awe inspiring virtuosity of Mozart’s Magic Flute arias, the program will also explore Elena Kats-Chernin’s 2004 Helpmann Award-winning Wild Swans and Grieg’s glorious depiction of the morning sunrise in his Peer Gynt Suite.

Taking the world by storm, young coloratura soprano Alexandra Flood returns from her European triumphs to join Southern Cross Soloists for this concert, which also includes the premiere of a new chamber version of distinguished Australian composerRoss Edward’s bird-inspired Clarinet Concerto.

PROGRAM

Vivaldi La Notte RV104a
Mozart Overture and arias from The Magic Flute K.620
Edwards Clarinet Concerto
Dell’acqua Villanelle
Rimsky-Korsakov The Nightingale and the Rose from Op. 2
Kats-Chernin Selections from Wild Swans
Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46
The Beatles Blackbird

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Nov
27
Mon
No.3 Beginnings – Presented by the Australian String Quartet @ Conservatorium Theatre
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Presented in association with Griffith University

Scarlatti Sonata a Quattro no 4 in D minor
Bartók String Quartet no 1
Beethoven String Quartet in F major op 59 no 1

The ASQ travels across musical time in a program that encompasses baroque eloquence, classical grandeur and intense romanticism at the dawn of the 20th century. We begin with one of the earliest works for string quartet written by Italian master, Alessandro Scarlatti.

Bartók, the undisputed giant of the 20th century string quartet, makes his first impression in the genre with this sumptuous first quartet. Though revelling in the musical world of late romanticism and the vivid colours of the impressionists, the vigour and rawness of this music is unmistakably Bartók.

String quartets of the classical era are often described as musical conversations. Beethoven’s first Razumovsky quartet orates with passion, serious intent and grandeur of scale. Composed soon after the revolutionary Eroica Symphony, this quartet carries the same powerful sense of expressiveness and scope.

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