Orchestra a real treat
FOR many years I have attended concerts presented by the Bundaberg Symphony Orchestra. They never cease to entertain their audiences with quality music. The conductors, since conception have been, the founder Heather McCabe OAM in 1989, Rosalie Morris, Gary Matheson who still plays the bassoon in the BSO and current maestro Fred Coleman. With his trusty baton, Fred has the innate ability to extract concordant sounds from his talented instrumentalists through the whole range of crescendo to diminuendo tones. In his own right, he is a master of brass instruments, and when he played euphonium in the Bundaberg Brass Band he won the title of Queensland Champion. Some people are of the opinion that symphony orchestras only play highbrow classical music, but this is not the case. The BSO and the other orchestras have a wide repertoire covering the whole genre of melodic presentation from classical, ballet, polkas, psalms, American folk, jazz, blues, stage shows, movie themes, musical comedies, marches and music from foreign countries. Last Sunday we were enthralled by the BSO Gala concert at the Shalom Complex, a custom built theatre with perfect acoustics and ambience. Some items on the program included Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Schonberg’s overture to Miss Saigon. For the finale, we were regaled by a lively mix of pieces from In a Persian Market. In his inimitable style, Michael McCrae acted as compere, offering details on each item, researched by French horn player Neil McCabe. We left the theatre with a sense of euphoria from a concert extraordinaire with quality music which is the elixir of life and soother of the soul.