Orches­tra a real treat

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

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.

AUSTEN WHI­TAKER

Bund­aberg

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