Romancing the Coast

THE QUEENS­LAND SYM­PHONY ORCHES­TRA’S PAS­SION­ATE PITCH

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE -

DON’T be fooled by the fa­mil­iar­ity and pop­u­lar­ity of the won­der­ful works fea­tured on the pro­gram for Ro­mance and Pas­sion, the Queens­land Sym­phony Orches­tra’s sec­ond Gold Coast con­cert for 2012.

The sweep­ing com­po­si­tions are just as chal­leng­ing for the orches­tra’s players as they are en­joy­able for au­di­ences, ac­cord­ing to QSO con­cert­mas­ter War­wick Adeney and prin­ci­pal guest con­duc­tor Eivind Aad­land.

To be pre­sented by ABC favourite Guy Noble, the QSO’s Ro­mance and Pas­sion con­cert, at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast next Fri­day, will also fea­ture solo per­for­mances by Adeney on vi­o­lin, so­prano Mil­ica Ilic, fresh from her re­cent role in The Magic Flute, and ac­claimed Bris­bane-based tenor Kang Wang.

Nor­we­gian con­duc­tor and former vi­o­lin­ist Aad­land, a former con­cert master of the Ber­gen Phil­har­monic Orches­tra and cur­rent con­duc­tor of the Trond­heim Sym­phony Orches­tra, ar­rived in Bris­bane this week ea­ger to be reunited with the QSO’s tal­ented players ahead of his Coast de­but.

Aad­land, who stud­ied un­der and played with Ye­hudi Menuhin dur­ing his per­for­mance ca­reer, con­ducted five con­certs with the QSO as part of its 2011 sea­son.

‘‘We had a very good work­ing re­la­tion­ship and I think both sides must have en­joyed work­ing together so they asked me back for sev­eral things, which I was very happy to do,’’ he says.

‘‘We did good con­certs and that’s what’s im­por­tant. As prin­ci­pal guest con­duc­tor I am very happy to ac­cept the of­fer to come back. I feel I know them (the QSO mu­si­cians) now.’’

One of Aus­tralia’s most ver­sa­tile con­duc­tors and mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ers, Noble will add a trade­mark, some­times com­i­cal, al­ways spon­ta­neous el­e­ment to the con­cert.

Noble has earned a large and loyal fol­low­ing in the past few years thanks to the QSO’s reg­u­lar Mu­sic on Sun­days con­certs in Bris­bane. Ro­mance and Pas­sion, the QSO’s sec­ond con­cert as part of its 2012 Coast se­ries, will adopt a sim­i­lar for­mat and reper­toire (see break­out, left) as part of the orches­tra’s pro­gram to bring pre­miere per­for­mances to loyal re­gional au­di­ences and help at­tract new ones.

Adeney says the Mu­sic on Sun­days for­mula has proven a hit with au­di­ences.

‘‘It’s some­thing ev­ery­one can en­joy and they’ve been among the QSO’s favourite con­certs but some of those light clas­sics con­tain the hard­est mu­sic and can be spec­tac­u­larly dif­fi­cult,’’ he says.

‘‘And what’s great about this pro­gram is that we have two voices of course. Ev­ery­body loves a re­ally won­der­ful so­prano – Mil­ica per­formed in The Magic Flute last week – and Kang Wang is one of the truest nat­u­ral tenor voices in the coun­try.’’

The Queens­land Sym­phony Orches­tra presents

at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on June 22.

So­prano Mil­ica Ilic (left) and Bris­bane-based tenor Kang Wang will join the Queens­land Sym­phony Orches­tra on the Gold Coast for

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