What’s On: Kaleidoscope (Riverbend Ensemble)


5 May 2023

St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, Toowong

Riverbend Ensemble will also perform Kaleidoscope at Maleny Community Centre on 7 May.

Riverbend Ensemble will begin its 2023 season with a concert of classical music ranging across five centuries and both hemispheres – a kaleidoscope of string music.

The Brisbane-based independent professional ensemble, led by violinist Helen Carvolth, will premiere Kaleidoscope at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, Toowong on Friday 5 May at 7pm, and then travel to Maleny for a performance on Sunday 7 May, at 2pm, in Maleny Community Centre.

“Riverbend Ensemble is committed to playing each one of our programs in at least one regional centre other than Brisbane,” said director Carvolth. “As someone who was raised in regional areas (Ipswich and the Lockyer Valley), providing quality cultural experiences to such audiences has always seemed important to me.”

The program for Kaleidoscope includes String Quintet in C by Mozart, an unfinished quartet by Tchaikovsky, and Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan-Williams. Multi-instrumentalist Shannon Luk will also play two solo works for the viola da gamba, a 17th century bowed instrument most closely related to the guitar. The concert will conclude with several pieces by renowned contemporary Australian composer, Elena Kats-Chernin.

Riverbend Ensemble, formed in 2022, specializes in eclectic programming. “We are aiming to reinvigorate the classical chamber music genre with our concerts, appealing to as wide an audience as possible whilst representing emerging composers, neglected composers and those from minority groups,” said Carvolth. “It’s a formula which has garnered marvelous responses from audiences in the past, and we are confident that everyone will enjoy this program as well.”

For ticketing and further information, visit the Riverbend Ensemble website

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