Brisbane’s own acclaimed Southern Cross Soloists (SXS) will stage a spectacular return to the stage and complete their 25th anniversary season celebrations in Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) Concert Hall on Sunday 18 October 2020.

The Soloists’ first live concert since February, aptly named SXS Returns, will include a program of thrilling works by Telemann, Grieg, Verdi, Richard Strauss and Liszt and feature guest artists; international didgeridoo soloist Chris Williams and Opera Queensland’s 2020 Young Artist, soprano Rebecca Cassidy.

Southern Cross Soloists’ Artistic Director Tania Frazer said 2020 was intended to be a year-long celebration for the group, with a program dedicated to sublime chamber music, fond memories, and wonderful friends – both old and new.

“We commenced our QPAC anniversary season with a sell-out concert featuring the dazzling virtuosity of Miroslav Petkov, Principal Trumpet of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, joining us after his electrifying Australian debut in 2018,”
said Ms Frazer.

“Our second QPAC concert in June was unable to go ahead due to COVID-19 restrictions, so we are ecstatic to be returning next month to perform alongside two amazing Queensland guest artists and finish our celebratory year on a high note.

“Audiences are certainly in for a treat with talented Queensland soprano, Rebecca Cassidy, who is currently an Opera Queensland Young Artist. A finalist in the acclaimed Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition in 2018, Rebecca has a quality of voice that exudes the rare combination of purity and exquisite beauty alongside effortless power and intense drama. SXS are excited to introduce and showcase this outstanding young Queenslander at the cusp of her career to our audiences at QPAC.

“We are also delighted to welcome back internationally acclaimed didgeridoo soloist Chris Williams, whose stirring performance was moving and mesmerising when he joined SXS in Maps and Journeys last year. Chris has recently been appointed as Southern Cross Soloists’ Artist in Residence.

“This year, we reflect on our journey since forming in 1995 as a group of friends coming together to play chamber music. The Soloist ensemble has grown and developed over the years, and I am proud that it now sits at the forefront of the Australian classical music industry.

“We look forward to celebrating this significant milestone and our return to the stage with our wonderful audiences as we present SXS Returns,” said Ms Frazer.

Tickets for SXS Returns are on sale now at or phone 136-246.

SXS Returns:
WHEN: Sunday 18 October, 3.00pm
WHERE:Concert Hall, QPAC, Queensland Cultural Centre, South Bank, Brisbane
TICKETS: Refer for current pricing or phone 136-246

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