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4MBS Festival of Classics 2014

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A fabulous month of music in May
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The 21st Festival of Classics is a Celebration of Music

For their 21st Festival of Classics, 4MBS have put together a line-up of twenty-five fantastic events in which you will be sure to find something to your taste. This festival, running from Sunday May 4 - Sunday 1 June is a celebration of fine music, with orchestral, choral, piano and chamber music concerts as well as informative lectures.

Elgar Score
The Score to Elgar's Dream of Gerontius

The Festival opens in dramatic style on Sunday May 4th, with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra and Brisbane Chorale joining forces to present Edward Elgar's epic Dream of Gerontius. This work describes the journey Gerontius' soul takes as it finds it's way from deathbed, to judgement, then purgatory. Rarely performed in Brisbane, the concert will be presented in Brisbane's City Hall. More information about this concert can be found here.

Lyrebird Trio
Brisbane's Lyrebird Trio Present A Concert Spanning Two Centuries of Music

On Friday 9 May, Brisbane's awarding winning piano trio The Lyrebird Trio will present a concert of music by Buxtehude, Schumann and Shostakovich at 6:30pm in the Ian Hanger Recital Hall in the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. The Lyrebird Trio were winners of the both piano trio prizes at the quadrennial Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition in 2013 and have been featured in the ABC International documentary "Ivory, Strings and Bows", broadcast in over 40 countries across Asia, the Pacific and Indian subcontinent. 2014 has seen them giving numerous concerts in Canada as Winter Musicians-in-Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts. They are now Ensemble-In-Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium. You can read more about the talented Lyrebird Trio on their website.

Dreamtime and Disco Ady
From Australia's Beginnings to the Present Day

Brisbane has seen the rise of independent music groups and one of the most recent additions is Ady. Known for their mix of serious classics and modern day interpretations, Ady concerts are informative and fun for the audiences. For their 4MBS Festival concert on Saturday 10 May, Ady present a program entitled Dreamtime to Disco, featuring music by Bach, Elgar and Sculthorpe as well as some disco treats arranged for the ensemble. Soloist for the concert is Yamaha Artist Paula Russell (cornet), who will perform Solo for Max by Australian composer Peter Forsythe . The concert is at 3pm and details regarding ticket purchase can be found Here.

Lovers of band music will enjoy Queensland Wind and Brass' presentation of a concert entitled Once Upon a Time on Saturday 10 May at 7:30pm. Featuring the music written for fantastic tales such as The Lord of the Rings, Thus Spake Zarathustra, Dr Who and Jurassic Park, this will be a thrilling concert for music lovers of all ages.

Frederick Chopin in 1849

Piano lovers may wish to see some, or all, of the six concerts in the Mason and Hamlin Chopin Marathon. Starting at 10am on Sunday 1 June in the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, audiences will be treated to many of Chopin's works, as well as a scattering of Liszt and Schumann. This series of performances will feature some of Brisbane's most talented pianists, including Max Olding, Liam Viney, Pamela Page and Kevin Power. Together they will celebrate the life and works of one of the world's greatest Romantic composers. See a full list of the six concerts here.

For those interested in becoming more educated about Vivaldi's Four Seasons, 4MBS station manager Gary Thorpe will be presenting a series of free public lectures on this fabulous work. These will take place in Brisbane City Council Libraries on 10 May 2pm at Brisbane Square, 14 May 2pm at Chermside, and on 15 May 2.30pm at Toowong. Enquiries can be made by calling 3403 2509 during Business hours.

This is only a sampling of some of the events on offer. You may also like to attend the Queensland Pops Orchestra's 30th Anniversary Concert on 17 May, The Brisbane Philharmonic's Concert on 11 May, or the Bach-A-Thon presented by the Queensland Flute Guild on 18 May. To find out more about these, or any of the concerts in the 4MBS Festival, visit their event website and get set to enjoy some of the best music Brisbane has to offer.
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Why? A celebration of the best of Brisbane's music scene
When: Check website for details
Phone: 3847 1717
Where: Multiple locations
Cost: Free - $78
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