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by Karina Bryer (subscribe)
I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
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Saxophone concerto and 'Powerhouse' will leave you recharged
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Recharge with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra

It's not often that you get to hear a saxophone performing with a symphony orchestra, however in Brisbane Symphony Orchestra's next concert entitled, Recharge, audiences will be treated to a saxophone concerto, masterfully performed by Brisbane saxophonist, Diana Tolmie. Composed and first performed last year, this concerto by John Adams displays breathtaking virtuosity on an instrument rarely heard on the classical stage, despite quite a breadth of repertoire being available.

Diana Tolmie saxophone
Diana Tolmie is the saxophone soloist in the John Adams concerto

Diana, a clarinetist and saxophonist, is one of Brisbane's most sought after woodwind doublers. Winner of a Churchill Fellowship and a Queen Elizabeth Trust Scholarship, she has studied around the world and performs throughout Australia. Here in Queensland she is the director of the Queensland Saxophone Orchestra and is a member of Collusion Music. The concerto by John Adams was premiered in 2013 by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra with Timothy McAllister and Diana will be the second musician in the world to perform this exciting work.

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The Brisbane Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal

In keeping with the contemporary nature of the program, the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra will also perform Powerhouse by Australian composer Graeme Koehne. This work was composed in 1993 and is described as a rhumba for orchestra. It's driving rhythms and percussive effects have made this work a favourite with both orchestras and audiences around the world.

The Cimbalom is commonly found in Gypsy music

A feature of this concert will be the inclusion of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody no. 3, which includes a cimbalom in it's instrumentation. This Hungarian instrument, used extensively in gypsy music, is rarely heard in Australia and we are lucky to have André Bonetti who has studied this unique instrument to perform with the orchestra. Played by striking triple strings with flexible hammers, this is a wonderful opportunity to hear this instrument.

Antoni Bonetti
Maestro Antoni Bonetti conducts the orchestra

Other works on the program are the beautiful 2nd movement of Hindemith's Symphony Mathis der Mahler and also featuring the saxophone, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Symphonic Suite. The orchestra will give two performances, the first on Sunday September 14th at Lake Kawana Community Centre at 3pm and the second at St. Peter's Lutheran College in Indooroopilly on Sunday 21st September at 3pm. Tickets for the Kawana concert are available by calling 5413 1400 or visiting this Bookings Website and for the Brisbane concert by visiting St. Peter's College ticketing website or purchasing them at the door. Tickets are $30 for Adults, $25 concession or $15 for school children. Take the opportunity to 'recharge' with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra this September.
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Why? Recharge after the winter blues with Brisbane Symphony Orchestra.
When: 3pm Sunday 14 & Sunday 20 September
Phone: 0407 782 404
Where: Lake Kawana Community Centre, Bokarina & St.Peter's Lutheran College, Indooroopilly
Cost: $30 Adults, $25 Concessions, $15 School Children
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