Queensland String Concert Guide

Find all your local String Concerts in one place. String Concert Guide for Brisbane, South East Queensland and Northern NSW.
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Jul
15
Sat
Forests, Fjords and Folklore – Presented by Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra @ Caloundra Uniting Church (Caloundra)
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm

Programmed are the entrancing Dvorak Slavonic Dances, Sibelius’s charismatic Karelia Suite and his famous enchanting Tone Poem Finlandia. Also featured are Grieg’s captivating Peer Gynt Suite and his flamboyant, virtuosic Piano Concerto in A minor.

For the latter work the Orchestra welcomes Hannah Pike – a Brisbane Conservatorium Graduate specialising in Piano and Percussion. She has been performing since the age of four, with highlights including numerous gold medals in local eisteddfods, performing at the Sydney Opera House, participating in the Crossbows Chamber Music Festival and Australian Piano Duo Festival, and playing at several fundraising concerts. She has received masterclasses from John Chen, Roy Howat and Sivan Silver, and has studied with world-class recitalist Natasha Vlassenko. Hannah is currently studying with Daniel de Borah, who is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost musicians!

Come, experience and enjoy this Nationalistic programmatic music by some of the greatest composers of the Romantic period. Be absorbed and immersed in the brilliant performances of the Sunshine Coast Orchestra’s players and soloist, conducted by Adrian King.

The TS Onslow Navy Cadets will provide supper for purchase.

 

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WORDS AND MUSIC Presented by Judith Wright Centre, Kupka’s Piano & Queensland Music Festival  @ Judith Wright Centre
Jul 15 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

In a post-truth world, where words can no longer be trusted, can we instead say it with music? New music ensemble Kupka’s Piano continues this investigation in the 2017 Words Fail series.

All dark no begging
No giving no words
No sense no need…

Sloth, love, ageing, and the meaninglessness of words themselves are explored in this enigmatic play by Samuel Beckett.

The work casts music as an actual ‘character’ in the work itself (although often also called Joe), who works with and sometimes against, ignores and sometimes taunts Words (often called Bob) as he gets lost in doubt-filled reflections, rambles, and songs. Interjecting throughout this strange dialogue, a third character, the inexplicable Croak, implores the two characters to “Be friends!” but it is clear that this relationship is an impossible one.

The music, written by American minimalist Morton Feldman in 1987, provides an eerie and often sarcastic counterpoint to Beckett’s famously witty and self-conscious wordplay. Words and Music will be followed by Feldman’s brilliant Why Patterns as a postlude. This production is a collaboration with award-winning stage and screen actor Helen Howard and actor Michael Fulcher, presented by the Queensland Music Festival.

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Jul
16
Sun
‘Musical Mosaic’ Charity Concert @ Glenloch Gardens (Tamborine Mountain)
Jul 16 @ 11:30 am

‘Musical Mosaic’, a charity concert featuring Tabatha Ashmore (soprano), Glenn Lorimer (tenor), Quinton Morris (violin) with ‘Carisma’ – Anna Stoddart (flute), Catherine Lee (cello) & Janice Preece (harp) … and other performers … will include ‘Queen of the Night Aria’ from The Magic Flute by Mozart, Nessun dorma from Turandot by Puccini, an arrangement of O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, La donna e mobile from Rigoletto by Verdi, Silver Pearls by Kats-Chernin, You are my heart’s delight from The Land of Smiles by Lehár, The Swan from The Carnival of Animals by Saint-Saëns, Méditation from Thaïs by Massenet and lighter works, including some jazz items, at Glenloch Gardens, 42 Yuulong Road, North Tamborine, on Sunday 16 July at 11.30 am. $15. For bookings call 0408 372 939.

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From the New World – Presented by Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra @ Tweed Heads Civic Centre (Tweed Heads)
Jul 16 @ 2:30 pm

Charity Concert, Conducted by Warwick Potter

In this concert, the NRSO is delighted to assist the Tweed Palliative Support Inc, an inclusive cancer support and palliative care charity that has recently opened NSW’s only adults’ community hospice, Wedgetail Retreat.  TPS provides volunteer-run palliative care services, educational resources and emotional support for people living with a life-limiting illness in the Northern Rivers of NSW and beyond.  The NRSO will support the TPS by donating raffle proceeds to this wonderful local organisation that looks after our community members at their most vulnerable times.

Under the expert baton of conductor Warwick Potter, audience will be entertained with a delightful program including:

Dvorak: New World Symphony
Grieg:
Peer Gynt Suite
Sibelius: Karelia Suite

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FRANCK SONATA – Presented by QSO @ QSO Studios
Jul 16 @ 3:00 pm

Violin Alan Smith

Piano Alex Raineri
Flute Hayley Radke
Bassoon David Mitchell
Clarinet Nicholas Harmsen
Harp Jill Atkinson
Flute Kate Lawson
Violin Delia Kinmont
Violin Rebecca Seymour
Viola Charlotte Burbrook de Vere
Cello Matthew Kinmont

Franck Violin Sonata
Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No.6
Ravel Introduction and Allegro

Get seduced with this mélange of favourites and hidden gems.

Associate Concertmaster Alan Smith begins with the tenderness of Franck’s Violin Sonata. Written for his friend Ysaÿe’s wedding, the beautifully-crafted piece evokes blossoming romance and outpourings of love, ending in exultant joy.

Villa-Lobos’ intriguing Bachianas Brasileiras No.6 paints a vivid portrait of a Brazilian serenade between flute and bassoon. Absolutely mesmerising, the neoclassical piece conjures the musical atmosphere of Bach and the melodic spirit of Brazil’s north-east.

To conclude, Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro flaunts the harp, propping it on a rightly deserved pedestal of elegance and splendour. The exquisite work uses an unusual ensemble to stunning effect, starting with a dreamy whisper and culminating in a blaze of colourful orchestration.

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Twilight in the Red Box – Part of Queensland Music Festival @ Red Box
Jul 16 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for a series of intimate twilight concerts featuring music from renouned Australian and international composers in an eclectic program that touches on reflections on the past, present and future through topical issues including domestic violence, migration and Indigenous voices.

QMF will present this special series of instrumental and vocal performances curated by Patrick Murphy and performed by students of the UQ School of Music.

Settle back as the sun sets over the Brisbane River and drink in an evening of stunning music performed by our nation’s rising stars.

FEATURING
Talia Garrett Benson Alto
Simon Svoboda Cello

PROGRAM
J.S Bach
St Matthew Passion Ebarme Dich
J. Rivory Elixir
J. Haydn C Major Concert for Cello, Mvt 3
P. Sculthorpe String Quartet no. 8

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Jul
17
Mon
Regional Flavours Festival (Southbank) – featuring Cigány Weaver @ South Bank Parklands
Jul 17 all-day

17th July – Regional Flavours Festival (Southbank)

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STRINGS SENSATION Southport with Dr. Quinton Morris of Seattle University @ Queensland Academy for Healh Sciences (Southport)
Jul 17 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
  • Workshop Day for Secondary School String Students
  • On Monday 17th July, 2017
  • Registration: 10.00am
    Session 1: 11.00am
    The Day concludes with a Demonstration Concert for Parents at 2.30pm
  • CONTACT DETAILSKylie Guthrig: kylie@quintonmorris.org        Phone: 0408 372 939
  • CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATONS: FRIDAY 26th MAY, 2017

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Jul
18
Tue
SEATTLE CONNECTION – Presented by Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra (Gold Coast) @ Queensland Academies of Health Sciences,
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WITH GUEST CONCERTMASTER/SOLOIST DR. QUINTON MORRIS
– John Rutter – Suite for Strings

Bach – Double Violin Concerto in D minor
Soloists…
Dr Quinton Morris – Violin
Hugh Won – Violin

Samuel Barber – Adagio

Saint George’s Concerto in G major
Soloist…
Dr Quinton Morris – Violin

John Williams – Chairman’s Waltz from Memoirs of a Geisha

Bernard Herrmann – Prelude from Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “Psycho”

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Jul
19
Wed
My Nightingale – Part of Queensland Music Festival @ The Johnson
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

 My Nightingale (MNG) are playing an intimate show for Queensland Music Festival and it’s FREE.

20 lucky guests will get the chance to hear MNG play in a beautiful hotel room by putting their names down in a ballot.

Deadline: Entries Close Midnight 30th June
Website: http://qmf.org.au/immersion-registration/
Date: Wednesday 19th July
Time: 7pm
Facebook information: https://www.facebook.com/events/226578474512462/ apply online at qmf.org.au/immersion/

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Jul
20
Thu
Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod 2017 @ Various Locations
Jul 20 @ 11:37 pm – Aug 6 @ 12:37 am

I would like to welcome the competitors and their supporters to our 50th Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod.

In 1967 a small committee, led by Mr John James, recommenced the Nambour Eisteddfod after a lapse of 18 years. 542 students entered the following sections – Piano, Vocal, Brass Instrumental, Art of Speech, Improvisation, Mime and Drama. Max Olding was the music adjudicator and Beverley Langford the speech adjudicator. The following year, dance was added and was included for two years before holding their own event.

In the early nineties, the eisteddfod had grown so large there was a need to divide into different sections. Brass and Woodwind was included in 1991 and the others followed in the next few years.

Today more than 6000 students cross the stage to perform in a supportive and encouraging environment.

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Jul
21
Fri
QSO, SIMONE YOUNG AND RAY CHEN @ Concert Hall
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am

Conductor Simone Young
Violin Ray Chen

The Australian Voices, Dir. Gordon Hamilton

Paganini Violin Concerto No.1, Mvt 1
Holst The Planets

 

Two internationally renowned Australians join forces with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Ray Chen, regarded as one of the hottest violinists on the international circuit, will perform the complex, original version of Paganini’s fiendishly difficult concerto (first movement).

Your out of-this-world experience will continue as Simone Young conducts Holst’s much-loved The Planets.

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Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
Jul 21 @ 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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MY FRIEND THE CHOCOLATE CAKE: ALBUM LAUNCH @ Performance Space
Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm

The songwriting genius of David Bridie combined with the glorious strings of Helen Mountfort’s cello and Hope Csutoros’ violin are high in the curious collision of elements that have made My Friend The Chocolate Cake a failsafe concert draw, triple ARIA winners and a vivid presence on countless film and TV soundtracks these last two and a half decades.

Their seven-album history is a multi-dimensional mural of modern Australia that illustrates its geography, its political mores and its predominantly suburban identity.

Be there to witness the birth of their 8th Studio album THE REVIVAL MEETING .

 

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Jul
22
Sat
Live in the Library – Presented by St Andrews Community Orchestra @ Garden City Library
Jul 22 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

St Andrews Community Orchestra will be performing a selection of music ranging from 1940-1960s, including musicals, film classics and light promenade orchestral pieces. Bookings essential.

Bookings required. Phone Garden City Library on 07 3403 7745 to reserve your place

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Cello with Love with Renat and Hila Yusupov @ Maleny Community Centre (Sunshine Coast)
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Renat and Hila Yusupov, renowned Australian musicians (originally from Uzbekistan) will present a delightful afternoon of popular classical cello masterpieces that will include: Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1, Paganini’s Variations on One String on a Theme from ‘Moses in Egypt’ by Rossini, Massenet’s Meditation, works by J.S. Bach, Saint-Saens, Monti and many more. The program will also include a unique collection of melodies from Georgia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Russia, and Israel, masterfully arranged for cello and piano. These pieces have hardly ever been presented in Australia and will intrigue the listeners with their beauty, energy and delight.

This program has been presented extensively throughout Australia’s main cities. It will bring an unforgettable afternoon to its audience.

Renat Yusupov studied cello at the class of Professor Nikolay Bukin at the Uzbek State Conservatory. Between 1992 and 1999 he had worked as an assistant principal cellist of The National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan and concertmaster of the State Conservatory. He migrated to Australia in November 1999 from St. Petersburg Russia were he worked at the St. Petersburg orchestra as an assistant principal cellist. Since arriving to Australia, he often performed as a soloist with many orchestras.

Hila Yusupov completed her Master’s degree in Chamber Music at the same conservatory under direction of professor Nikolay Bukin. Between 1992 and 2003 she worked at the Vocal and Opera departments of the Tashkent State Conservatory as a concertmaster. Hila migrated to Australia in August 2003. Since arriving to Sydney, she regularly performed as a soloist and an accompanist in various concerts. Hila also worked as a piano teacher and accompanist at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney.

These musicians are of the highest calibre and bring unique personalities to the stage to ensure a most entertaining and enjoyable performance. Although both have enormous experience in the world’s most prestigious venues, they are excited to be bringing this concert to smaller communities who do not often have the chance for such an experience.

Do not miss the opportunity to see these world-class musicians on your doorstep.

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QYO Chamber Ensembles – Presented by QYO @ Old Museum Concert Hall
Jul 22 @ 6:00 pm
Saturday 22 July 6.00pm QYO Chamber Ensembles

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QSO, SIMONE YOUNG AND RAY CHEN @ Concert Hall
Jul 22 @ 7:30 pm

Conductor Simone Young
Violin Ray Chen

The Australian Voices, Dir. Gordon Hamilton

Paganini Violin Concerto No.1*
Holst The Planets*

Two internationally renowned Australians join forces with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Ray Chen, regarded as one of the hottest violinists on the international circuit, will perform the complex, original version of Paganini’s fiendishly difficult concerto. Your out of-this-world experience will continue as Simone Young conducts Holst’s much-loved The Planets.

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Jul
23
Sun
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION AND BOLERO – Presented by BPO @ Old Museum Concert Hall
Jul 23 @ 3:00 pm

Join BPO in a journey through a kaleidoscope of musical colour and symphonic favourites. From the Spanish rhythms of Ravel’s brilliant Boléro, the spectacle of Borodin’s exotic Polovtsian Dances, to the world premiere of a sparkling new flute concerto by Lisa Cheney. The concert concludes with Mussorgsky’s masterpiece of musical imagery, Pictures at an Exhibition.

Conductor: Michael Keen

Soloists: Jonathan Henderson (flute), Lisa Cheney (composer)

PROGRAM:
Alexander Borodin                              Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor)
Lisa Cheney                                              Concerto for Flute (world premiere)
Maurice Ravel                                         Boléro
Modest Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel)   Pictures at an Exhibition

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Twilight in the Red Box – Part of Queensland Music Festival @ Red Box
Jul 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for a series of intimate twilight concerts featuring music from renouned Australian and international composers in an eclectic program that touches on reflections on the past, present and future through topical issues including domestic violence, migration and Indigenous voices.

QMF will present this special series of instrumental and vocal performances curated by Patrick Murphy and performed by students of the UQ School of Music.

Settle back as the sun sets over the Brisbane River and drink in an evening of stunning music performed by our nation’s rising stars.

FEATURING
The Pulse Chamber Orchestra

PROGRAM
H. Biber
Battalia
R. Davidson Naomi
L. Janacek String Quartet 1 Kreutzer Sonata

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