REVIEW: Beethoven’s Heroic Symphony (Queensland Symphony Orchestra)

Edicson Ruiz plays in the world premiere of Oscher's  Double Bass Concerto with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alondra de la Parra. Imagery via Kath Rose & Associates.   Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s final Maestro concert of the year presented a world premiere from Efrain Oscher, Mozart's Paris Symphony, and Beethoven's Heroic Symphony for an epic evening... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Carmen & The Firebird (Queensland Ballet)

  Where? QPAC’s Playhouse Theatre When? May 25 – June 3 Queensland Ballet present their much-anticipated double bill of Carlos Acosta’s contemporary Carmen and Liam Scarlett’s dark and thrilling The Firebird. The two works were expected to be disparate, but unfortunately this comparison could also be made in quality as well as thematic and balletic... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Fauré Requiem (Queensland Symphony Orchestra)

  Where? Concert Hall, QPAC When? April 7, 2018 Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Fauré Requiem on Saturday night, one of the company's two choral concerts for 2018, was spine-tingling beautiful, and included Gabriel Fauré’s famous piece as well as three works by Stravinsky, Britten, and Whitacre. The orchestra was joined onstage by The Australian Voices (directed... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: La Bayadère (Queensland Ballet)

Soloist Joel Woellner as Solor (front), photographed by David Kelly Where? Playhouse Theatre, QPAC When? March 16-31, 2018 Queensland Ballet present the world premiere of Greg Horsman’s La Bayadère, a co-production between QB, West Australian Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet that reimagines a little-known classical ballet and sweeps audiences away to the 19th century British... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Epic Visions (Queensland Symphony Orchestra)

  Where? Concert Hall, QPAC When? March 8, 2018 Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s second Maestro concert for 2018, Epic Visions, featured the triumphant return of Hungarian violinist Barnábas Kelemen and the QSO-exclusive Australian debut of conductor Eduardo Strausser. QSO’s principal tuba player Thomas Allely gave the pre-concert talk – I can’t recommend this enough if you... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Piano Power (Queensland Symphony Orchestra)

Where? Concert Hall, QPAC When? February 17 Queensland Symphony Orchestra presented Piano Power, the first in their 2018 Maestro series, on Saturday night – a stunning collection of styles and sounds, featuring award-winning French classical pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and conducted with passionate precision by young Scandinavian Daniel Blendulf. A surprisingly interactive pre-concert talk, delivered with great charisma by Lachlan... Continue Reading →

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