Brisbane’s Southern Cross Soloists will present the final concert in their 20th anniversary year, Great Legends at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) on Sunday 22 November.
The third concert in a celebratory year which has seen the Soloists collaborate with a record number of international artists, Great Legends will feature operatic bass-baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, who joins the Soloists for the first time in this special concert dedicated to great composers and legendary characters.
Direct from London, Australian pianist Jayson Gillham, declared as one of the finest pianists of his generation, will also take to the stage with the Soloists as a special guest in this exciting concert.
This 2015 finale concert includes a world premiere commission from Hollywood-based Australian composer Joseph Twist based on speeches by great minds of the 21st century including Stephen Hawking and Steve Jobs.
Works from Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Purcell and Grieg also feature, highlighting the talents of the Soloists and their guests.
Creative Director Southern Cross Soloists Tania Frazer said the ensemble has been thrilled with audience response to the first two concerts in its special 20th Anniversary Concert Series program, Bella España and French Revelations.
The Southern Cross Soloists performances are presented in Concert Hall Reverse Mode with the audience seated in close proximity to the performers on the Concert Hall stage. Instead of performing to the main auditorium, the artists face the choir balconies and choir retractable seats. This seating arrangement is known as reverse mode and creates an intimate and relaxed atmosphere.
Established in Brisbane in 1995 and now an internationally successful ensemble, Southern Cross Soloists enjoys a busy schedule of regional and national performances and is regularly joined by visiting international artists. The ensemble presents the Bangalow Music Festival, held in August each year, and develops Australian youth musical talent through their award-winning Music School regional education program.
Program Purcell: Excerpts from King Arthur, Mendelssohn: Konzertstüke No. 2 Op. 114, Schubert: Der Erlkönig D.328 (Op. 1), Gruppe aus dem Tartarus D. 583 (Op. 24 No. 1) An Schwager kronos D. 369 (Op. 19 No. 1), Grieg: The Mountain Thrall Op. 32 Beethoven: Ghost Piano Trio in D Op. 70, Joseph Twist: Great Minds (world premiere), Anon: Celtic Folksongs, Birthday Vignette by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin.
outhern Cross Soloists - Great Legends Sunday 22 November at 3pm, Concert Hall, (Reverse Mode) Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Cultural Precinct, South Bank Brisbane. Duration: 90 minutes (no interval) Bookings: qpac.com.au or phone 136-246
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