Rush in for orchestral romance
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra brings a romantic repertoire to the Coast this weekend as part of its 2012 regional season, writes
HE State’s best musicians will be joined by two special Russian guests when they head down the M1 this weekend for a classical concert Queensland Symphony Orchestra that chief executive officer Patrick Pickett says no romantic should miss.
Dubbed Russian Favourites, the performance sees the QSO’S master musicians joined by guest conductor Valery Polyansky and pianist Tatiana Polyanskaya.
Pickett says the beautiful repertoire – part of the QSO’S 2012 regional program – will feature Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overture Romeo & Juliet, Arensky’s Variations on a Theme by Ryabinin and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 Polish.
A performer, conductor and music educator, Pickett is always excited and proud to take the QSO on the road to broaden its audience and bring ‘‘highend’’ performance to regional centres. He’s particularly excited about the trio of concerts the QSO is treating audiences on the Coast to this year.
‘‘We visit a regional city once a year or once every two years but we need to take a repertoire that is entertaining and enjoying,’’ he says.
‘‘That’s how we approach the design of a program. Coming to the Gold Coast, we look specifically at the needs of a broad audience. It’s a growing audience.
‘‘We think about those wider demographcis – that’s why you’re getting three very different programs this year. The decision to do the series is to bring a wide variety of music– from the very best in a high-art format to the most entertaining.’’
For Russian Favourites, that repertoire includes Fantasy Overture, the piece in which Tchaikovsky perfectly distills the drama and emotion of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet play into moving music.
The QSO will also perform another Tchaikovsky piece, Polish Symphony, named in honour of the spectacular polonaise in its finale. Despite the title, the infectious, five-movement work is noted for its wonderful melodies and great musical ideas ‘‘from first note to last’’.
Special guest Polyanskaya will spice up the Russian spectacular with Arensky’s colourful Fanstasia on Themes by Ryabinin.
‘‘The Russian artists are extraordinary. We’re bringing top-notch product to a popular repertoire,’’ Pickett says.
The other two concerts in the QSO Coast series are Romance and Passion on June 22 and Great Favourites on July 20.
Presented by Guy Noble, Romance and Passion will feature conductor Eivind Aadland, tenor Kang Wang, soprano Milica Ilic and violinst Warwick Adeney.
Great Favourites, also presented by conductor Guy Noble, will feature favourite pieces from the Music on Sundays programs including works by Mozart, Elgar and Tchaikovsky, with guest Sarah Wilson on trumpet.
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents
at The Arts Centre Gold Coast tomorrow at 7pm. Tickets are $55.
Musicians on the move: Queensland Symphony Orchestra strings players Priscilla Hocking (violin) and Graham Simpson (viola).