Sym­phony was a treat for our own mu­si­cians

The Western Star - - News | Opinion - Jorja McDonnell [email protected]­ern­

IT IS rare and won­der­ful when our re­gion gets to wel­come big names in mu­sic, so to have the Queens­land Sym­phony Or­ches­tra come to Roma, just to per­form with our lo­cal bands, is an in­cred­i­ble priv­i­lege – for our lo­cal mu­si­cians and the au­di­ence mem­bers who came to hear ev­ery­one play on Wed­nes­day evening.

Out­side of the Star I’m one of those mu­si­cians: I play the trum­pet with our com­mu­nity band, Mara­noa Mu­sic Inc.

For the QSO to be so will­ing to come this far and teach not only our bright young stu­dents but also a bunch of lo­cals is a tes­ta­ment to how valu­able mu­sic is in a com­mu­nity and its power of bring­ing peo­ple of all ages to­gether.

In MMI, the youngest player is 12 and our old­est, while I won’t di­vulge her age, has been play­ing mu­sic with the group for 35 years.

Every sin­gle per­son took away some­thing valu­able from the ex­pe­ri­ence and we are sound­ing even bet­ter be­cause of it – but the great­est part was be­ing able to share it with a full house at the Cul­tural Cen­tre.

The au­di­ence is equally im­por­tant for a show like this to go on and I would like to ex­tend a sin­cere thank you to the peo­ple who came along to watch and listen.

Be sure to save the date for this time next year.

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