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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Apr
14
Fri
J.S. Bach St Matthew Passion – UQ Chamber Singers and UQ Pulse Chamber Orchestra @ St John's Cathedral
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

About J.S. Bach St Matthew Passion – UQ Chamber Singers and UQ Pulse Chamber Orchestra

Under the direction of Dr Graeme Morton AO and Mr Patrick Murphy, the UQ Chamber Singers and the UQ Pulse Orchestra will perform J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion in a special Good Friday devotion at St John’s Cathedral. They will be joined by one of Australia’s finest exponents of baroque and classical tenor repertoire, Paul McMahon, in the role of The Evangelist.

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Apr
18
Tue
The Company – Presented by The Bug @ New Farm Bowls Club
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The Company formed in Brisbane in 2012, out of four musicians from far-flung places. Mick Patrick sings lead, plays mandolin and fiddle and is from Townsville, North Queensland. George Jackson plays fiddle and banjo and hails from Christchurch, New Zealand by way of Melbourne and Nashville, USA. Markus Karlsen plays bass and was born in Bodø, Norway. Jamie Clark plays guitar and is from Bundaberg, central Queensland. The Company plays bluegrass and new acoustic music, both vocal and instrumental.

The band has made three albums, The Company from 2012, Trouble from 2014 (mixed by US master fiddler Casey Driessen) and their new record recorded in Brisbane in December 2015 with noted engineer Dave Neil. All feature a powerful blend of the band’s picking prowess and heartfelt songs of time and place. There’s a strong sense of what it means to be playing this music in Australia, yet drawing on sounds that have origins in American traditional music.

The Company has toured extensively, playing festivals big and small and many venues in between. The band focuses on presenting their own songs and tunes, with a mix of bluegrass classics, old-time fiddling hoedowns, gospel harmonizing, and crisp picking blended with humour and warmth. For live sound the band uses one central microphone bluegrass-style, which picks up all voices and instruments (they help the banjo and guitar out a little with some small spot mics) so that the music is presented as acoustically and as much like the records as possible. Always seen in suits and ties, the Company none-the-less brings exciting and at times daringly experimental ideas to such a traditional look and sound.

On their new record, the Company explores themes of place, travel, movement and change with all the players bringing songs and tunes reflecting their recent journeys around Australia and the world, as well as many changes in their lives and careers.

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Apr
20
Thu
The Beggars – Sing from the Heart @ Empire Theatre
Apr 20 @ 11:00 am

Beauaraba Living and Empire Theatres Presents Music

Sing from the Heart is the brand new show from internationally acclaimed vocal trio The Beggars. Following the success of previous shows Australian Songbook, Sing the Seekers and Sing! the Beggars turn their hearts and voices to the emotional power of song and it’s mysterious ability to touch the listener, releasing recollections of love, family, joy and loss.

Slim Dusty’s Rusty It’s Goodbye rubs shoulders with great story songs like Paul Kelly’s Deeper Water. Bye Bye Blackbird is there, along with Danny Boy and other sweet singalongs. Buddy Williams’ melancholy Camooweal will leave you misty eyed while the Beggars own compositions are lively and thought-provoking. Add in encore performances from The Beggars previous shows and the cream of international songwriters like Paul Simon, Van Morrison and Neil Young and you have a performance that is funny, intimate and moving.

Renee Donaghey (vocal, guitar, ukulele), Quinton Dunne (vocal, double bass) and Stuart Day (vocal, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica) present Sing from the Heart in their relaxed, congenial style, weaving gorgeous three part vocal harmonies with acoustic textures that will transport the listener. Stories and anecdotes add to the enjoyment, while images projected onstage set the scene, creating vivid and evocative atmospheres for each song.

The Beggars Sing from the Heart is the Beggars at their best!

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Solo Works for Cello – Presented by Qld Conservatorium @ Ian Hanger Recital Hall
Apr 20 @ 1:05 pm – 2:00 pm

FREE EVENT
Lunchtime Strings

Ian Hanger Recital Hall
Featuring music for solo cello by Bach, Carter and Kodaly presented by candidates of the Master of Music (Research) program.

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Apr
21
Fri
Concert Featuring Youth Symphony @ Gold Coast Youth Orchestra
Apr 21 @ 4:22 am – 5:22 am

Youth Symphony – advanced

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Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
Apr 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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JESSICA COTTIS CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN 5 – Presented by Qld Conservatorium @ Conservatorium Theatre, Griffith University
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:50 pm

 

Rising international conductor Jessica Cottis, currently Principal Conductor of the Glasgow New Music Expedition, conducts her first concert with the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra. This program features student soloist Johnny van Gend in Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto alongside Benjamin de Murashkin’s LOGOS which is reflective of the planetary Logoi. The most famous opening bars of any symphony will be a highlight of the night, with Beethoven’s great Fifth Symphony concluding the performance.

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Apr
22
Sat
My Nightingale at the Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival
Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

My Nightingale play Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival 2017!
Music
Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Ukulele

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Mythos Ensemble @ Sunnybank Hills Library
Apr 22 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Mythos Ensemble, currently comprised of flute, oboe, clarinet and cello, has been performing a wide repertoire of works for nearly 30 years. Listen to Mythos as they perform beautiful English music and help celebrate the 4MBS Festival of Classics of English masterpieces.

AGE RANGE Adults (30+)
BOOKINGS Not required.
COST Free
EVENT TYPE Music

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Apr
23
Sun
Performance on the Peak: Collusion by Spicers Retreats @ Spicers Peak Lodge
Apr 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Music and Dance on the Mountaintop at Spicers Peak Lodge

All are invited to escape to the ‘theatre in the clouds’ at Spicers Peak Lodge with the first arts performance of a pending four-part series.

On Sunday April 23, Queensland’s acclaimed music and dance ensemble, Collusion will incorporate music from Australian and International composers Elena Kats-Chernin and Peteris Vasks. Four award winning chamber music musicians and four acclaimed dancers will perform a high-quality repertoire underpinned by programming with heart, beauty and warmth. Collusion’s concerts and performances are enjoyed by audiences of all ages and cultural persuasions.

To prepare for an afternoon of sublime performance, scrumptious food and superb champagne, wine and beverage, guests are encouraged pack their picnic rugs for essential lounging on Spicers Peak’s lush green lawn, where the stunning vista across the Scenic Rim mountaintops will mesmerize.

Escape to another world for this extraordinary relaxed ‘Sunday session’ style afternoon of world-class music and dance!

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GCCO 2017 Concert 1 – String Serenade @ All Saints Anglican Church
Apr 23 @ 2:30 pm

 

Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra is delighted to present a return of their musical performance, String Serenade, which was first performed in October 2016.
The performance will feature Soloists
Nigel Bardsley (Violin)
Iris Doo (Viola)

Conducted by
Camillio Manricks

Programme

Edvard Grieg Holberg Suite for Strings

Betty Beath Adagio for Strings “Lament for Kosovo”

Bela Bartok Rumanian Folk Dances

Kurt Atterberg Suite for Violin, Viola and String Orchestra
Soloists Nigel Bardsley (Violin) & Iris Doo (Viola)

Dag Wiren Serenade for Strings

 

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Apr
25
Tue
On Parade! – Presented by Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra @ Robina Auditorium
Apr 25 @ 12:30 pm

The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra and Conductor Mark Turpin present ON PARADE, a concert celebrating our own community and our relationship with the ANZAC spirit, on Tuesday 25 April at 2.30pm.

For further information:
Pamela Lowry – info@goldcoastphilharmonic.com

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Apr
26
Wed
ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS LED BY JOSHUA BELL @ Concert Hall
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

For over 50 years, London’s Academy of St Martin in the Fields has been one of the world’s favourite orchestras. Established and led by the late Sir Neville Marriner, this superstar chamber orchestra brought the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Beethoven and more to life in refined and sensitive performances that have captivated billions.

From the Four Seasons to the score for Amadeus, the Academy’s recordings are some of the true treasures of classical music. Now led by brilliant virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, the Academy is delighting new generations of music-lovers with sensational music-making of the highest order.
Program 1: The Mighty Bruch (Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 7pm)

Joshua Bell’s performance of Bruch’s violin concerto is iconic. This thrilling unconducted performance of the much-loved masterwork will demonstrate his stunning vibrancy and power. By contrast, the slow movement of Schumann’s violin concerto is a lyrical showcase for Bell and the Academy’s strings. Two picture postcards from Mendelssohn surround these works: a wave-tossed voyage to a Scottish sea cave and a sunny picture from Italy – a glorious showcase for a virtuoso orchestra.

Felix Mendelssohn The Hebrides, Op.26
Max Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op.26
Robert Schumann Violin Concerto: Second Movement
Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 in A, Op.90 Italian
Program 2: Great Classics: Mozart and Beethoven (Thursday, 27 April 2017, 7pm)

Mozart’s dramatic Symphony No.25 reveals the composer’s surefooted sense of theatre. Darkly stormy and operatic, it is one of his earliest symphonic masterpieces. The violinist is the star of his similarly dramatic Fourth Violin Concerto – a bravura display of swagger and elegance for soloist Joshua Bell. And for their final offering, the Academy takes on the Eroica. Beethoven’s third symphony is an explosion of heroic determination and unbridled joy without equal, and one of humanity’s greatest works of art. It is a revolution in sound.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No.25 in G minor, K.183; Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K218
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No.3 in E-flat, Op.55 Eroica

“The power of Bell’s communication is astonishing. The dazzling execution, powerful expression and beautiful tone are mesmerising and, as … director, Bell’s musical imagination inspired a magnificent intensity.” The Australian

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MYSTICAL TIBET CONCERT – Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse @ Powerhouse Theatre
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm

PRESENTED BY TENZIN CHOEGYAL AND FESTIVAL OF TIBET IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BRISBANE POWERHOUSE PRESENT
Music of Philip Glass and Tenzin with Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra in Honor of one of the most influential composers of the late 20th and early 21stcentury, Philip Glass.

Join us for this, one night only, special event. Experience Tenzin’s voice and virtuosity alongside the majesty of Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. Tenzin’s friendship and collaboration with Camerata extends back to 2009. Katherine Philp’s arrangements will take Tenzin’s songs and storytelling to even greater heights.

Legendary composer Philip Glass has collaborated with Tenzin on a number of projects. Tenzin is a regular guest at Philip’s Tibet House Benefit Concerts at Carnegie Hall and they recently performed together in Japan. The program will include selected works by Philip Glass and from Tenzin’s collaboration with Camerata. The concert is being performed to mark Glass’s 80th birthday and honour his unwavering support for Tibet and HH the Dalai Lama who has not seen his homeland since 1959.

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Apr
27
Thu
ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS LED BY JOSHUA BELL @ Concert Hall
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

For over 50 years, London’s Academy of St Martin in the Fields has been one of the world’s favourite orchestras. Established and led by the late Sir Neville Marriner, this superstar chamber orchestra brought the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Beethoven and more to life in refined and sensitive performances that have captivated billions.

From the Four Seasons to the score for Amadeus, the Academy’s recordings are some of the true treasures of classical music. Now led by brilliant virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, the Academy is delighting new generations of music-lovers with sensational music-making of the highest order.
Program 1: The Mighty Bruch (Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 7pm)

Joshua Bell’s performance of Bruch’s violin concerto is iconic. This thrilling unconducted performance of the much-loved masterwork will demonstrate his stunning vibrancy and power. By contrast, the slow movement of Schumann’s violin concerto is a lyrical showcase for Bell and the Academy’s strings. Two picture postcards from Mendelssohn surround these works: a wave-tossed voyage to a Scottish sea cave and a sunny picture from Italy – a glorious showcase for a virtuoso orchestra.

Felix Mendelssohn The Hebrides, Op.26
Max Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op.26
Robert Schumann Violin Concerto: Second Movement
Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 in A, Op.90 Italian
Program 2: Great Classics: Mozart and Beethoven (Thursday, 27 April 2017, 7pm)

Mozart’s dramatic Symphony No.25 reveals the composer’s surefooted sense of theatre. Darkly stormy and operatic, it is one of his earliest symphonic masterpieces. The violinist is the star of his similarly dramatic Fourth Violin Concerto – a bravura display of swagger and elegance for soloist Joshua Bell. And for their final offering, the Academy takes on the Eroica. Beethoven’s third symphony is an explosion of heroic determination and unbridled joy without equal, and one of humanity’s greatest works of art. It is a revolution in sound.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No.25 in G minor, K.183; Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K218
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No.3 in E-flat, Op.55 Eroica

“The power of Bell’s communication is astonishing. The dazzling execution, powerful expression and beautiful tone are mesmerising and, as … director, Bell’s musical imagination inspired a magnificent intensity.” The Australian

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AMERICA! – Presented by QSO @ Brisbane City Hall
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm

Conductor Alondra de la Parra

Double Bass Edicson Ruiz (Australian debut, QSO exclusive)

Relish in the music of America’s Golden Age as Music Director Alondra de la Parra leads QSO in this spirited evening of works from Gershwin, Bernstein and more.

Jet to sun-drenched Arizona in Grofé’s vivid Sunrise and Cloudburst from Grand Canyon Suite and the bustling backstreets of New Jersey with Bernstein’s On the Waterfront, then get swept off your feet in Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

Grofé Sunrise and Cloudburst from Grand Canyon Suite
Koussevitzky Double Bass Concerto
Gershwin An American in Paris
Bernstein On the Waterfront

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Apr
28
Fri
Meta Weiss & Daniel de Borah – Presented by Qld Conservatorium @ Ian Hanger Recital Hall
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm

$15 / $10 AT DOOR
Faculty Piano, Strings

The seamless sounds of American cellist Meta Weiss and the grace of pianist Daniel de Borah combine in this performance of sonatas by Chopin and Brahms.

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Music For a While – Presented by Arioso Chamber Ensemble @ St Peter's Catholic Church
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Arioso Chamber Ensemble performs music to transport the soul and delight the senses, in a program of baroque music by Purcell, Telemann, Tartini, Schop, Phillips, and Barriere.
Judit Molnar – soprano,
Margaret Caley – baroque violin,
Belinda Manwaring – baroque cello,
Janet Brewer – harpsichord.
Tickets $28full/$25concession/$7school-aged child
Bookings Recommended Ph 07 54468128, or online via www.trybooking.com
Tickets at the door – cash sales only

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Apr
29
Sat
Music for a While – Presented by Arioso Chamber Ensemble @ Lift
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Arioso Chamber Ensemble performs music to transport the soul and delight the senses, in a program of baroque music by Purcell, Telemann, Tartini, Schop, Phillips, and Barriere.
Judit Molnar – soprano,
Margaret Caley – baroque violin,
Belinda Manwaring – baroque cello,
Janet Brewer – harpsichord.
Tickets $28full/$25concession/$7school-aged child
Bookings Recommended Ph 07 54468128, or online via www.trybooking.com
Tickets at the door – cash sales only

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FEVER PITCH – Presented by QSO @ Powerhouse Theatre
Apr 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Conductor Alondra de la Parra
Double Bass Edicson Ruiz
Piano Joe Chindamo
Vocals Olivia Chindamo

Chapela Inguesu (Australian Premiere)
Martinsson Double Bass Concerto No.1 (Australian Premiere)
Chapela Piroklasta (World Premiere)
Chindamo FANTASKATTO for Voice and Orchestra (World Premiere)
Brisbane Powerhouse will explode with this whopping QSOCurrent program of Australian-firsts led by Music Director Alondra de la Parra. The evening will showcase the music of Mexican composer Enrico Chapela, two stunning soloists and a kaleidoscopic commission by legendary Australian composer Joe Chindamo.

Chapela’s symphonic poem Ingueso kicks off the concert with a noisy action-packed orchestra recreating a defining moment in modern Mexican culture and ripping open old wounds when the underdogs won a historic soccer match against Brazil. The Orchestra is divided into the Mexican and Brazilian teams; keep an ear out for superstar Ronaldinho as first trumpet.

Next up, is Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson’s Double Bass Concerto played by Berlin Philharmonic’s Edicson Ruiz, one of the foremost bass players of our time. The exceptionally lyrical piece gives Ruiz a narrative role, allowing his brilliance to radiate.

The world premiere of another Chapela work, Piroklasta, follows and is inspired by the worst volcanic horrors and the beautiful and raw power of nature. He devotes each movement to a different pyroclastic feature – from magma to ash – with music driven by passion and chaos.

To conclude, Chindamo’s FANTASKATTO is a concertante work with jazz, contemporary and operatic flavours, making way for his daughter, award-winning vocalist Olivia Chindamo, to dazzle. Think Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Diana Krall and The Swingle Singers thrown in with Rajaton and topped with a zany contemporary twist, and you won’t be too far off this swingin’ finale.

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