Romancing the Coast
THE QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S PASSIONATE PITCH
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