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An Afternoon in Vienna - Brisbane Symphony Orchestra

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A Viennese treat right here in Brisbane
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Join Brisbane Symphony Orchestra to be transported to Vienna


Vienna is synonymous with elegant buildings, beautiful music and romantic afternoons. It is this feeling which the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra will be evoking with their upcoming concerts at Banksia Beach State School, Bribie Island and Brisbane City Hall. Inspired by his recent European vacation, conductor Antoni Bonetti has chosen a program which will delight audiences, both young and old.

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Maestro Antoni Bonetti will lead the orchestra on their Viennese journey


On Sunday 22nd June, the Banksia Beach school hall on Bribie Island will resound with the strains of Schubert, Schumann, Mozart and Haydn, as the orchestra presents a range of orchestral works. The concert will be repeated in the Ithaca Auditorium of Brisbane's City Hall on Sunday 29th June. Both concerts are at 3pm.

The concert will open with Schubert's beautiful Overture to Rosamunde. This is undoubtably one of his finest Orchestral Works. Almost disappearing into obscurity, this work was written as part of the incidental music for the play "The Magic Harp", which was trashed by reviewers. A publisher mistakenly published this overture as a part of a different and far more popular play, "Rosamunde", saving the work from disappearing from the orchestral repertoire. The work opens with a dark and brooding introduction featuring a beautiful oboe solo and then takes flight in an energetic main body of the work. This a great opportunity to hear the skill of the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra as they wind their way through rousing codas and beautiful melodies.

Soloists in this concert are taken from the orchestra itself, with skilled members of the string section moving onto the piano for a concerto opportunity. At the Bribie Island concert, cellist and author Juliet Hoey will perform the beautiful second movement of Mozart's piano concerto no.21, while in City Hall, violinist Tertia Hogan will tackle Beethoven's mighty first movement of his Emperor Concerto.

Haydn has to be a part of any Viennese program and for this concert, maestro Antoni Bonetti has chosen his 99th Symphony, the first of his second set of London Symphonies. Written on his return to Vienna, this is the first time that Haydn used the clarinet in any of his Symphonies. This symphony is in the traditional classical four movement symphony form which Haydn himself helped to establish. An unusual variation for Haydn is the inclusion of Timpani in the slow movement, which he would not have ordinarily used.

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French Horns will feature with Male Chorus


An interesting item on the program will be a rarely heard work for Brisbane audiences, Schumann's "Jagdlieder". Written for male chorus and four horns, this work was written at a time when male choirs were enormously popular in Europe and the horn was undergoing radical changes to it's make up, with valves being added to the instrument. The result is a heroic set of five songs illustrating the thrill of the hunt. The performers will present the first, third and fifth songs, entitled "On the High Hunt", "Morning of the Hunt" and "With the Bottle" - obviously the celebrations after the conclusion of the successful hunt. The Brisbane Symphony Orchestra Horn section are joined by the male chorus from Vocal Manoeuvers for this performance.

Tickets for the Bribie Island concert are available by contacting 4MBS ticketing on 3847 1717. Tickets cost $30 adults, $25 Concession and $15 School children. The City Hall concert is a free concert, but seating is limited. You can reserve a seat by calling 0416 160811. To find out more information about the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, please visit their Website.
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Why? Be transported to the magic of Vienna in a concert of Viennese Classics
When: 3pm
Phone: 0416160811 (Bribie Tickets) 38471717 (City Hall Reservations)
Where: Banksia Beach State School, Bribie Island & Brisbane City Hall
Cost: Bribie Island: $30 adults/$25 conc/$15 child. City Hall: free but reservations necessary
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