JULIAN BLISS TO JOIN CAMERATA THIS AUGUST AT QUEENSLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE (QPAC)
It isn’t just his technique, though that is astonishing enough. It’s the wit, poise and vivacity in his playing.
In short, it is the pure intuition leading him straight to the heart of what he plays. The Times
Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra promises its trademark energy as it takes to the Concert Hall stage at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in its joyous Bliss concert on Friday 10 August featuring Julian Bliss (UK).
Internationally acclaimed UK clarinet soloist Julian Bliss joins Camerata for a night of Bliss. Born in the U.K., Julian started playing the clarinet age 4, going on to study in the USA at the University of Indiana and then in Germany under Sabine Meyer. The breadth and depth of his artistry are reflected in the diversity and distinction of his work.
In recital and chamber music he has played at most of the world’s leading festivals and venues including Gstaad, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Verbier, Wigmore Hall (London) and Lincoln Center (New York). As a soloist, current performances include concerts with the Sao Paolo Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Paris, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic and London Philharmonic.
Find yourself drawn to a relaxed, smoky, honky tonk jazz piano bar, or somewhere across the ethereal American prairies, as Copland’s Clarinet Concerto evokes these and many other influences. Commissioned by the “King of Swing” and legendary jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman, the work is infused with the spirit of Brazilian folk music that Copland heard while travelling in Latin America when writing the piece.
Opening the concert is Beethoven’s Serioso Quartet which is both punchy and packed with the excitement and drama that has come to be associated with this composer. Paquito’s sublime tango-flavoured work will be followed by Camerata’s passionate string sound in Mahler’s exquisite Adagietto – heart-wrenching, dramatic and tender all in one.
Performing without a conductor, Camerata’s players have established a reputation for passionate, exciting performances that engage audiences of all ages, whatever their experience.
Date: Friday 10 August (Brisbane) & Saturday 11 August (Toowoomba)
Venue: Concert Hall QPAC & Empire Church Theatre, Empire Theatre Toowoomba
Tickets: Adult $85; Conc. $75, Student $33
Bookings: Toowoomba: 1300 655 299 or www.empiretheatre.com.au
Brisbane: QTIX 136 246
Program: Ludwig van Beethoven Serioso Quartet, Op.95 (for string orchestra)
Paquito D’Rivera Invitación al Danzón for Clarinet and String Orchestra
Gustav Mahler Adagietto from Symphony No.5
Wild card mystery segment revealed at the concert
Karol Szymanowski Etude in B Minor Op.4 No.3 (arranged for Strings)
Aaron Copland Clarinet Concerto
Featuring: Julian Bliss – solo clarinet
Appearing in association with Australian Festival of Chamber Music