The city of Brisbane will be filled with the sound of exquisite music as the inaugural Brisbane Baroque, a celebration of early music, opens today Friday 10 April and runs until Saturday 18 April, 2015.
Brisbane Baroque Artistic Director Leo Schofield brings this unique event to the city of Brisbane, a city that he says continues to embrace new cultural events.
“This event will provide yet another opportunity for audiences to experience world class performance in Brisbane and further cements Queensland’s reputation as a centre for cultural excellence,” said Mr Schofield.
“Brisbane Baroque is the only festival in Australia purely dedicated to showcasing music of the Baroque period. We have brought superstar performers from around the globe exclusively to Brisbane. Highlights include a new staging of the opera Faramondo, direct from the world renowned Göttingen International Handel Festival in Germany; and the Australian debut visit by famed Croatian Countertenor Max Emanuel Cenčić who will perform exclusively in QPAC’s Concert Hall, both supported by the Queensland Government.
“Brisbane Baroque sees a wonderful collaboration across the city’s most iconic venues; Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, City Hall and St Mary’s Church. The event will not only showcase numerous Queensland artists and companies, but provide an opportunity for them to work alongside international stars and creative talent.”
Federal Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC announced that the Australian Government is providing a special one-off grant of $100,000 to help support the Baroque Festival’s ongoing commitment to showcasing Australia’s emerging early classical musicians.
Presented in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Brisbane Baroque is supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, Arts Queensland, the Federal Ministry for the Arts, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane Marketing, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Camerata of St John’s and the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School.
All Brisbane Baroque events are exclusive to Brisbane and the diverse program features fourteen accessible events at City Hall including free lunchtime organ performances by young British organist Richard Gowers and evening recitals of Baroque music.
For the full program and bookings go to www.brisbanebaroque.com.au or phone 136-246.
Brisbane Baroque in association with QPAC:
10 to 18 April 2015
Conservatorium Theatre, South Bank
Concert Hall QPAC, Cultural Precinct, South Bank
Brisbane City Hall, CBD
St Mary’s Church Kangaroo Point
Refer to qpac.com.au for current pricing
qpac.com.au or 136 246