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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Queensland Music Festival @ Various Locations
Jul 7 – Jul 30 all-day

Over three huge weeks from 7 – 30 July 2017 Queensland Music Festival will take over the state, bringing unforgettable music experiences to cities, regions and remote corners of Queensland.

Under Artistic Director Katie Noonan, the 2017 QMF program is as diverse as this great state – showcasing some of the most talented local, national and international musicians across 100 performances, including six world premieres.

The Festival will offer Queenslanders the chance to hear and be heard, with a rich tapestry of musical experiences designed to uncover and empower young musicians, bring quality music to regional communities, and shed light on current social issues.

For classical music lovers program highlights include a performance of The Merry Widow at the ever-popular Opera at Jimbour beside the picturesque Jimbour House. Sanctuary – a moving concert experience exploring the concept of sanctuary and refuge, led by Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra and including a world premiere commission from brilliant pianist and composer Joe Chindamo.

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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.

The Pulse Chamber Orchestra

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

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Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival @ Various Locations
Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day

A record number of more than 20 performers are appearing at the 2017 festival, in a diverse programthat is based on narrative: stories, dreams and fairytales from strikingly different veins of Australia’s rich cultural lode.

Inspiring string players Sophie Rowell, Rachel Smith, Caroline Henbest, Louise King and Eric de Wit make return appearances in 2017, alongside English clarinettist William Stafford and not one but three pianists: Stephen Emmerson, Paul Hankinson and Ayesha Gough.

The six concerts feature masterworks by Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Janacek, Brahms, Dvorak, Poulenc, Szymanowski and others.

In her first appearance at the festival, acclaimed classical guitarist Karin Schaupp plays gems from the classical guitar repertoire, including Boccherini’s brilliant “Fandango” guitar quintet, at a “Breakfast Fandango” concert at the Point Lookout Community Hall.

The spotlight will be on a very different plucked instrument – the oud, or Middle Eastern lute – at the ever-popular Saturday-night concert at the Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club, when the ARIA Award-winning Joseph Tawadros Quartet (Joseph Tawadros, oud; Matt McMahon, piano; Karl Dunnicliff, double bass; James Tawadros, percussion) bring their joyous performing dynamic to the clubhouse stage.

On Sunday at Dunwich Public Hall, there’ll be even more cultural contrast. In the morning concert, musical miniatures that celebrate the natural world are linked by Chenoa Deemal’s narrations of stories from Oodgeroo’s Stradbroke Dreamtime, in a performance that pays tribute to Quandamooka cultural heritage and to festival founder Jani Haenke.

Then, in the afternoon, the festival’s 10-year anniversary will be celebrated by the premiere performance of a piece for clarinet, violin, cello and piano by Israeli-Australian composer Yitzhak Yedid, specially commissioned for the festival.



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Jul 29 – Jul 30 all-day

No matter whether your child is a beginner or more advanced (and some will have just learnt to play open strings!) AUSTA Q String Festival (formerly Junior Strings Festival) offers them the opportunity to perform a solo accompanied by a professional accompanist in front of a small, supportive audience of family, friends and peers. They will receive a constructive, encouraging adjudication report from one of AUSTA’s many teachers and also a fabulous, shiny trophy to take home!

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Mzaza Workshops – Part of Childers Festival @ Various Locations
Jul 29 all-day

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Symphony by the Lake – Presented by Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra @ Lakeside, Varsity Parade
Aug 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Symphony By The Lake returns for its third year at Winterfest featuring the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra and Special Guest Mark Vincent.

The only classical artist in Australian history to have released six albums by the age of 20, Mark Vincent burst onto Australian television screens in 2009, with his moving rendition of  Puccini’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ on Australia’s Got Talent. He won the competition, signed with Sony Music and went on to sell more than half a million albums worldwide.

Don’t miss this amazing event. Bring your blanket or chairs, grab some food from the street stalls at the VIBE Street Party and enjoy a night of spectacular glitz and glamour at Symphony By The Lake.

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Bangalow Music Festival (Northern NSW)
Aug 18 – Aug 20 all-day

The Bangalow Music Festival returns presented by the Southern Cross Soloists.

Delighting audiences from around the country with a sublime program of chamber music, the festival features the highest calibre chamber and orchestral musicians from around the world.

Nestled in the Northern NSW Hinterland, the Bangalow Music Festival is a unique experience unlike any other, complete with inspiring music, food, scenery, relaxation, and camaraderie.

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Gympie Muster – including Hillbilly Goats @ Various Locations
Aug 24 – Aug 27 all-day

In its 36th year in 2017, Gympie Music Muster has pulled together a stellar all-Aussie line-up led by pop starlet Jessica Mauboy.

The ARIA-winning singer will headline the Queensland festival which boasts a decidedly more country/country rock feel this year, also locking in headliners Adam Brand, Busby Marou and Graeme Connors for the four-day extravaganza.

Mauboy says, “I have ALWAYS dreamed of playing The Muster. This is an honour and a thrill and I am going bring my best country A-game.”

The Muster’s program director Jeff Chandler says, “We’re continuing to build on what we’ve always done, providing a variety of entertainment, while sticking firmly to our country roots.”

Festival favourites, the Hillbilly Goats exude an undeniable passion for mountain music, the instruments and the harmonies.  Their mission is to strip back the layers of modern music and transport you on a journey that began centuries ago when the immigrants first settled in the Appalachian Mountains of America.  These guys aren’t just a band – they’re a show!

Their recordings paint a picture of traditional songs from 1710 through to the 1940’s with a high energy quirky edge.  Featuring Banjo, Bones, Double Bass, Fiddle, Tap Dancing, 3 part Harmonies and more, there is a tale told of the history of Mountain Music’s evolution into Blues, Country & Bluegrass.

If you’re haven’t seen the Hillbilly Goats yet, check them out and see what all the fuss is about.  They sure know how to Raise A Ruckus and you are guaranteed to be entertained – OLD TIME STYLE!

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