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Brisbane Symphony Orchestra's 25th Anniversary Concert

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Celebrate silver in this golden performance
Brisbane Symphony Orchestra
Brisbane Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert of Beethoven as a gift to audience members joining them for their 25th birthday


Turning 25 is no mean feat for a community orchestra, but under the direction of maestro Antoni Bonetti, the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra are celebrating their silver anniversary concert with a repeat of their first ever concert. The program which they are gifting to their audience is all Beethoven, starting with the magnificent Coriolan Overture Op.62, a work which was written in 1804 as opening music for a play about the ancient Roman leader, Gaius Marcius Coriolanus. The music describes his plan to attack Rome, his mother's pleadings to desist, his eventual choice to follow his mother's advice followed by his suicide as he is left as a general without a cause. This tragic tale is represented by the triumphant, tender and haunting themes found in Beethoven's work.

Violinist Brendan Joyce
Violinist Brendan Joyce joins the orchestra for Beethoven's violin concerto


For their second offering, the orchestra is joined by violinist Brendan Joyce, leader of the Camerata of St.John in Beethoven's Violin Concerto. This exciting concerto is a display of violin virtuosity, which Brendan attacks with enthusiasm and gusto, leading to a very spirited performance. This is one of the best known violin concertos, loved by audiences all around the world.

Brisbane Symphony Orchestra
Violins of the orchestra getting a workout in the 7th Symphony


The orchestra's final gift to their audience will be Beethoven's 7th Symphony, a fitting celebration of music and orchestral colour which showcases all sections of the orchestra. Written in 1812 as Beethoven was visiting a spa in Templice to improve his health, Beethoven himself describes it as one of his best works. At it's premiere, audiences so loved the second movement that it was encored. The joyful themes will have you humming them long after you leave the concert.

Beethoven score
Some of Beethoven's most emotional music will be played in this concert


The orchestra will present the concert twice, once on 22nd March at 3pm at Lake Kawana Community Centre and again on 29 March at 3pm at Brosbane Boys College in a Toowong. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 concessions and $15 for school children. Tickets for the Brisbane concert are available by calling 3847 1717 and by calling 5413 1400 for the Lake Kawana concert.

Why not join in the birthday celebrations? To find out more about the orchestra, visit their website www.brisbanesymphony.org.au.
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Why? Join the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra for their 25th Anniversary Concert
When: 22nd March 3pm, 27th March 3pm
Phone: 0407 782 404
Where: Lake Kawana Community Centre & Brisbane Boys College
Cost: $30 adults, $25 concessions, $15 school children
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