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

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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).

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