Camerata, Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, promise to deliver their trademark energy and spark when they take to the Empire Theatre stage and QPAC’s Concert Hall for the Season 2018 gala opening concerts on Saturday 27th and Monday 30 April respectively.
Souvenir is a collection of inspired musical moments to treasure. From the tender beginnings of Rodrigo’s shimmering Cançoneta to Roger Smalley’s Strung-out – a visual spectacle that literally strings the players out in a single line across the stage, tossing their musical phrases into the air – the audience will be captivated.
Exuberant cellist Giovanni Sollima’s Violoncelles, vibrez! sets the scene for a humourous duel featuring chief protagonists from two of Queensland’s highly respected music training institutions, Meta Weiss (Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University) and Patrick Murphy (University of Queensland).
Tchaikovsky’s sensational showpiece, Souvenir de Florence for string sextet will be played by the full string orchestra, creating an almost symphonic version that is sure to provide a memorable gala season opening.
Camerata will also feature a wild card mystery guest performance revealed at the concert. Previous wild card performers have included William Barton, Katie Noonan, and Nawres Alfreh.
Brisbane concert goers have the additional excitement of experiencing our collaboration with the new entertainment precinct Fish Lane. A favourite haunt of the Camerata team The Fish Lane Project will see orchestra partner Wandering Cooks design a special food and beverage offering in response to the music program in Souvenir. Only available a week either side of the concert, head on in and ask for the Camerata special and taste the music before you hear it!
Camerata continues to stun audiences with their ground-breaking performances, which in 2016 culminated in a nomination for a coveted Helpmann Award for Best Chamber and/or Instrumental Ensemble Concert.
Performing without a conductor, Camerata’s players have established a reputation for passionate, exciting performances that engage audiences of all ages, whatever their experience.
What: Souvenir – Season 2018 Gala Opening Concert
Dates: Saturday 27 April (Toowoomba) & Monday 30 April (Brisbane)
Venues: Heritage Bank Auditorium, Empire Theatre Toowoomba & Concert Hall, QPAC
Tickets: Adult $85; Conc. $75, Student $33
Bookings: Toowoomba – www.empiretheatre.com.au or 1300 655 299
Brisbane – www.qpac.com.au or 136 246
Program: Joaquín Rodrigo Cançoneta for Violin and String Orchestra
Roger Smalley Strung-out for Strings
Wild card mystery segment revealed at the concert
Giovanni Sollima Violoncelles, vibrez! (for two cellos and strings)
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence, Op.70