IN THE THEATRE

QUEENS­LAND SYM­PHONY ORCHES­TRA: SWEET NIGHT MU­SIC

Style Magazine - - Entertainment - by Jane Bray

WHEN I heard the words “Sweet Night Mu­sic” I au­to­mat­i­cally thought lul­laby, jew­ellery boxes and nurs­ery rhymes — but add a live orches­tra and magic hap­pens. You could feel the an­tic­i­pa­tion when the con­cert master bowed be­fore he took his place as the lead first vi­o­lin­ist. Then the lights dimmed, the room qui­etened and en­tered con­duc­tor Daniel Kossov, re­laxed and ra­di­at­ing con­fi­dence to lead the Queens­land Sym­phony Orches­tra. When he raised that ba­ton and that first string was plucked I was so grate­ful to be among the au­di­ence, en­chanted by the sound.

We were en­ter­tained by Aus­tralian co­me­dian and host Ian Mcfadyen be­tween sets, be­wil­dered by flutist Hayley Radke’s nim­ble fin­gers, ser­e­naded by the lovely so­prano Mor­gan Eng­land-jones and sur­prised by five Toowoomba stu­dent prodi­gies join­ing in on one piece.

A hi­lar­i­ous host, an­i­mated con­duc­tor fas­ci­nat­ing to watch and tal­ented mu­si­cians made it worth at­tend­ing.

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