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.

May
13
Sat
Monique Clare w\ Cello Trio @ Queen Street Mall
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

A full on cello party in the mall with Simon Svoboda and David Moran supplying extra cello vibes.
We’ll be playing original songs with a couple of tunes smooshed in between.
It’s freeeeee!

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May
14
Sun
CELLO BALLADE – Presented by Byron Music Society @ Byron Theatre
May 14 @ 3:00 pm

Louise King, cello and Catherine Guinevere Lynagh, piano. Debussy, cello sonata, Shostakovich, cello sonata, Arvo Part, Spiegel im Spiegel, and music by Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Ravel.

Sparkles and Canapés by Nadine Abensur

After the concert, adjourn to the balcony of Byron Theatre and enjoy scrumptious canapés by Nadine Abensur.Nadine Abensur (of The Cranks Bible and a half dozen other cookery books), was a director of the iconic chain of Cranks restaurants in England and she now lives in our region. What luck!

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VILLA-LOBOS: CONCERTO FOR GUITAR – TOOWOOMBA CONCERT ORCHESTRA @ USQ Arts Theatre, Toowoomba
May 14 @ 3:00 pm

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May
15
Mon
ACO SOLOISTS @ Concert Hall
May 15 @ 7:00 pm

 

RUTH CRAWFORD SEEGER Andante for Strings
VIVALDI Concerto for Two Violins and Cello in G minor, RV578
JAMES LEDGER The Natural Order of Things (World Premiere)*
LOCATELLI Violin Concerto in D major The Harmonic Labyrinth
DEBUSSY (arr. Jack Symonds) Sonata for Cello and Piano
MENDELSSOHN (arr. strings) String Quartet No.2 in A minor
* COMMISSIONED BY DAVID & SANDY LIBLING IN CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF SIMON LIBLING.

ARTISTS

Satu Vänskä Director & Violin
Glenn Christensen Violin
Timo-Veikko Valve Cello
In a group the size of the ACO, there is nowhere to hide. It’s an ensemble of soloists.

This program showcases the extraordinary talents of the ACO’s musicians. Principal Violin Satu Vänskä takes on the devilishly dazzling Harmonic Labyrinth by Locatelli, whose concerto bears the inscription “facilis aditus, difficilis exitus” – easy to enter, difficult to exit. Following her stunning performance of Paganini’s Moses Fantasy in 2016, Satu will have you on the edge of your seat as she shreds the Locatelli with her customary flair.

Joining her in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins and Cello is one of the Orchestra’s newest players, Glenn Christensen. Glenn first performed with the ACO in 2001 as a member of Gondwana Voices, then in 2014 as an Emerging Artist. He has since blossomed as a full-time member of the ACO.

Another of our renowned Principals, cellist Timo-Veikko Valve, will play his glorious Guarneri filius Andreæ in a new arrangement of Debussy’s mercurial and eloquent Sonata for Cello and Piano. The sonata was written in 1915, three years before the composer’s death, and is here reimagined in this new formation written specially for the ACO and Tipi.

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May
16
Tue
Cloudstreet – Presented by The Bug @ New Farm Bowls Club
May 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

cloudstreet “…belong in that special pantheon of exceptional Australian musicians and songwriters, and yet they go beyond Oz to be world class” (Sing Out)

Bringing fresh life to the best of the tradition, Nicole Murray, John Thompson and Emma Nixon have carved themselves a niche internationally as outstanding performers of acoustic folk music. With vocal harmonies reminiscent of Steeleye Span and the Seekers, powerful arrangements of Australian classics and a repertoire that spans the Anglo-Celtic world, cloudstreet’s exciting performances entertain and delight. They deliver a powerful and moving musical experience, based on entrancing musicality, stunning use of vocal harmony and above all, a compelling sense of fun.

8 albums, 9 international tours and an enthusiastic following around the globe, cloudstreet will sing and play their way into your heart.

Come and fly the cloudstreet!

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Spanish Baroque: Brandenburg and Circa @ Concert Hall
May 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A fearless fusion of baroque music and contemporary circus

 

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Spanish Baroque will take you into the fiery depths of intense emotion.

Passion and power.
Love and hope.
Loss and sacrifice.

Join the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa for this fearless fusion of contemporary circus and Spanish baroque. With a pasticcio, created by Paul Dyer and Circa Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz, of music from our ARIA Award-winning CD Tapas, this experience will see you gripping your chair more than once.

Program includes music by:
Monteverdi, Falconieri, Kapsberger, Merula and Cazzati

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May
17
Wed
Festival of classics: Rebirth of British music @ Mt Ommaney Library
May 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Festival of classics: Rebirth of British music

Join Gary Thorpe, 4MBS General Manager, as he traces the history of British music through the ages and the resurgence of British composers from the late 1800s. The Festival String Quartet will perform musical selections by Elgar and others. Bookings essential.

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Festival of Classics: Rebirth of British music @ Toowong Library
May 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Chamber Music Showcase – Presented by Qld Conservatorium @ Ian Hanger Recital Hall
May 17 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Student chamber ensembles present a spirited concert to demonstrate their skill and love of music.

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May
18
Thu
Prize Winners Concert – Presented by UQ School of Music @ Nickson Room, Zelman Cowen Building, School of Music
May 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The UQ School of Music presents the winning performances of students competing in the Sleath String Performance Prize, Burnett William Wendorf Memorial Prize for Classical Piano and the Ethel Osborn Prize.

About the Prizes

Howard Fortnam Sleath (1899-1984) was well-known to instrumentalists throughout Australia for the excellence of his craftsmanship and skill as a maker of stringed instruments. In 1974 he donated a set of four instruments (two violins, a viola and a cello) to The University of Queensland Department of Music. Following his death, the University of Queensland received a bequest from Howard Sleath to assist the study of stringed instruments played with a bow. The annual Sleath String Performance Prize is one of the activities funded from that bequest.

Burnett William Wendorff (1896-1989) was an alumnus of UQ who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1922. Following her death, his wife Eunice Shirley Wendorff provided a bequest in 2015 to establish a prize in his memory.

Ethel Osborn was a well-known operatic soprano with an international career who returned to Queensland in 1951 and became a part-time examiner in singing with the Department of Music at the University of Queensland from 1952 to 1962. Following her death, her husband John Gilmour provided a bequest in 1983 to establish a prize in her memory.

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May
19
Fri
Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
May 19 @ 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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CELLO BALLADE (Caloundra) – Presented by Cello Dreaming @ Caloundra Regional Art Gallery
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Celebrate romantic works for cello in exquisite performance.  Don’t miss two dynamic and internationally acclaimed classical musicians in intimate concert.  Experience music by Debussy, Mendelssohn, Delius, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke, Saint-Saëns, Arvo Pärt, Fauré, Ravel & Shostakovich.   Heart-felt, virtuosic and thrilling.

Louise King CELLO is known for her virtuosity, heart-felt musicianship and commanding stage presence.  An internationally renowned musician who has performed in four continents, a competition winning, award-winning and highly-prized graduate of both the Royal College and Royal Northern College of Music in London and Manchester, Louise King breaks down the barriers of classical music with her vivacious performance style making it more accessible, enjoyable and meaningful to audiences.

Catherine Guinevere Lynagh PIANO studied at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with Oleg Stepanov. First prizewinner of the Queensland Piano Competition, the Charles and Motee Rogers Memorial Piano Competition and the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University’s Margaret Nickson Prize.

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QSO, HAYDN AND SIBELIUS @ Concert Hall
May 19 @ 7:30 pm

Conductor Robert Trevino
Cello Pablo Ferrández
(Both Australian debuts, QSO exclusive)

Dvorák Carnival Overture
Haydn Cello Concerto in C
Sibelius Symphony No.2

DOUBLE DEBUTS FOR AUSTRALIA!

QSO introduces you to Maestro Robert Trevino, an emerging force on the international music scene, and multi-award winning cellist Pablo Ferrández, a musician of pure heart and soul who will perform one of his signature concertos.

Trevino demonstrates his considerable talents with one of Sibelius’ most beloved symphonies and Dvorák’s splendidly vibrant Carnival Overture.

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May
20
Sat
CELLO BALLADE – Presented by Cello Dreaming @ USC Art Gallery
May 20 @ 3:00 pm

Celebrate romantic works for cello in exquisite performance.  Don’t miss two dynamic and internationally acclaimed classical musicians in intimate concert.  Experience music by Debussy, Mendelssohn, Delius, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke, Saint-Saëns, Arvo Pärt, Fauré, Ravel & Shostakovich.   Heart-felt, virtuosic and thrilling.

Louise King CELLO is known for her virtuosity, heart-felt musicianship and commanding stage presence.  An internationally renowned musician who has performed in four continents, a competition winning, award-winning and highly-prized graduate of both the Royal College and Royal Northern College of Music in London and Manchester, Louise King breaks down the barriers of classical music with her vivacious performance style making it more accessible, enjoyable and meaningful to audiences.

Catherine Guinevere Lynagh PIANO studied at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with Oleg Stepanov. First prizewinner of the Queensland Piano Competition, the Charles and Motee Rogers Memorial Piano Competition and the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University’s Margaret Nickson Prize.

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May
21
Sun
Tin Star – Presented by Folk Redlands @ Indigiscapes Centre
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Contemporary “urban folk”. Tin Star bring a trio of powerful singer/songwriter/instrumentalists (Penny Boys, Cathy Bell and Dan Grant) to create a group that is far greater than the sum of its parts. They bring spontaneity to their live performances, and like to create a space in which to connect emotionally with an audience. Their song choices, both their own compositions and borrowed songs are focused on having a musical conversation.

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“Wien to Wein” @ Robert Channon Wines
May 21 @ 2:00 pm

A musical journey through the opera houses of Vienna

Belinda Manwaring & Tim Blomfield baroque cellos

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My Favourite Things – Presented by BCPO @ Schonell Theatre, UQ
May 21 @ 2:00 pm

Sunday 21nd May 2017 at 2pm
Schonell Theatre, The University of Queensland
Adults $26, Concessions $23, Students $12, children under 5 years FREE!
Tickets for Schonell Theatre concerts may be purchased by calling Maree Williamson on (07) 3378 2384.
Ample free parking available next to the Schonell Theatre. Free parking, programs and post-concert refreshments are provided!

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THE PLANETS | BELSHAZZAR’S FEAST – Presented by Brisbane Symphony Orchestra @ Lake Kawana Community Centre
May 21 @ 3:00 pm

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:
BRISBANE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, 

BRISBANE CHORALE, AND CANTICUM CHAMBER CHOIR

In an unprecedented event, four of Brisbane’s most outstanding community music groups join forces under maestro Peter Luff to open the 2017 4MBS Festival of Classics in Brisbane’s gorgeous City Hall. The 2017 festival takes its theme from the great English composers and we feature two of the most epic musical spectacles in the English repertoire . This not-to-be-missed event will feature 150 musicians on stage. A special second performance will also take place on the Sunshine Coast.

 

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Concerts at Twilight – Presented by QYO @ Old Museum Concert Hall
May 21 @ 4:00 pm

QYO Wind Ensemble and Redeemer Lutheran College Ensembles

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.

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May
22
Mon
THE REBIRTH OF BRITISH MUSIC – Part of Festival of Classics @ Chermside Library
May 22 @ 11:00 am

THE REBIRTH OF BRITISH MUSIC TALKS AT BRISBANE LIBRARIES – FREE EVENTS
Join 4MBS General Manager, Gary Thorpe, and the Festival String Quartet and enjoy music by Handel & Purcell and discover the ‘rebirth of British music’ through the works of Elgar & Holst and the music of the Proms.
Wednesday 17 May, 11.00 am – Mt Ommaney Library – For enquiries call 3407 7010
Wednesday 17 May, 2.00 pm – Toowong Library – For enquiries call 3403 2590
Monday 22 May, 11.00 am – New Chermside Library – For enquiries call 3403 7200
Wednesday 24 May, 2.00 pm – Carindale Library – For enquiries call 3407 1490

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