IN THE THEATRE
QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: SWEET NIGHT MUSIC
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.