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Delightful Sunday Afternoon Concerts at QPAC

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Delightful Sunday Afternoon Concerts at QPAC

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The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) is offering lovers of chamber music five magnificent concerts on five Sunday afternoons which will delight and amaze all audience members.

With the Southern Cross Soloists putting on three exceptional concerts as well as the two concerts of the Kawai Piano Series, you'll be experiencing the brilliance of internationally recognised and local musicians. The programs feature many exciting works, from core classics to contemporary masterpieces. What's more, you'll get the opportunity to meet the musicians after every concert.

All concerts begin at 3pm. So why not organise a day out with your music buddy at the South Bank precinct? With the huge range of cafes and restaurants to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice. Or you can go for a leisurely stroll along the river.

Sounds like the perfect Sunday doesn't it?

The following pages outline the programs of each concert, so read on.

The Southern Cross Soloists

The Southern Cross Soloists features seven of the most talented musicians. They have come together to present three amazing concerts showcasing their talents as an individual and their powerfulness as a collective.

Kiss Me, Katharina - Sunday 30 March

Alexander Lewis
Alexander Lewis, Tenor. (Image:

Australian tenor Alexander Lewis joins the Soloists and actors from the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble to present Kiss Me, Katharina. The program consists of works influenced by William Shakespeare's comedies with English Baroque arias and instrumental interludes. You'll definitely fall in love with Lewis' awe-inspiring voice.

  • The Fair Queen by Purcel

  • You Spotted Snake by Smith

  • Where the Bee Sucks & Sigh no more, ladies by Arne

  • The Tempest Op. 18: Two Scenes by Chausson

  • World premiere of Taming of the Shrew by Tutty

  • Kiss Me, Kate by Porter

Virtuoso - Sunday 15 June

Ilya Konovalov
Ilya Konovalov, Violin (Image:

Virtuoso features Ilya Konovalov, the first Concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic. The program is inspired by legends and fantasies including Wieniawski's Faust Fantasy. You'll also hear the world premiere of a new work by Mark Issacs, an Australian jazz and classical pianist-composer.

  • Overture, Recitative, Area from II Deliro Amoroso (Cantata HWV 99) by Handel

  • Faust Fantasy by Weiniawski

  • Three Romances on Verses of Alexander Blok by Shostakovich

  • Love of Three Oranges Suite by Prokofiev

  • World premiere of Isaac's new work

  • Carmen Fantasy by Waxman

Travels of a Trickster - Sunday 26 October

James Crabb
James Crabb, Classical Accordion (Image:

Travel through Germany, Italy, Bohemia, Greece and Argentina with the Soloists and internationally renowned classical accordion player James Crabb. Inspired by the impudent trickster figure from the German folklore Till Eulenspiegel, Travels of a Trickster will surprise, amaze and wow you.

  • Il Proteo sia il mondo al rovescio RV 572 by Vivaldi

  • Bagatelles and Gypsy Songs Op.55; My Song of Love; The Woods are Silent; The Cliffs of Tatra by Dvořk

  • Fantango / Tango Lunaire by Tiensuu

  • Greek Songs by Ravel

  • Oboe Quartet by Martinu

  • Till Eulenspiegel by Strauss

  • Youkali Tango Habanera by Weill

  • Libertango by Piazzolla (arranged by Crabb)

The Kawai Piano Series

For over a decade, the Kawai Piano Series has presented remarkable performances to Brisbane audiences. And 2014 will be no different.

Happy Birthday Pam! - Sunday 6 April

We all know about the dynamic husband and wife duo pianists Pamela Page and Max Olding. Well, they're getting together on stage once again in celebration of Pam's 80th birthday!

For those who have experienced Pam's impressive Beethoven performances, it's time you experience Liszt's Sonata in B minor. Witness the virtuosity this work requires and hear the magnificence of one of the greatest keyboard works. No matter how many times I hear this piece, it never ceases to amaze me.

Also on this delightful program are Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D, K.448 and the popular Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Liszt.

  • Sonata for Two Pianos in D, D.448 by Mozart

  • Sonata in B minor by Liszt

  • Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 by Liszt

Four Hands - Sunday 3 August

Four Hands features the stunning pair Stephen Emmerson and Bernard Lanskey, who met as undergraduates at the University of Queensland. The striking program begins with Brahms' Variations on a theme of Schumann, followed by Twelve Variations by Schultz and culminates in Schubert's Fantasie. Get ready for some beautiful touching music that will inspire and move you.

  • Variations on a theme of Schumann by Brahms

  • Twelve Variations by Schultz

  • Fantasie in F minor, D. 940 by Schubert

Tickets & Other Information

Southern Cross Soloists

Tickets prices are Concession - $37, Seniors - $54, Adults - $59.

Concert packages are also available. You can purchase a 3 concert package for $96 - Concession, $141 - Seniors, $153 - Adults. Alternatively, 2 concert packages are also available.

Kawai Piano Series

Tickets prices are Concession - $30, Seniors - $45, Adults $49.
2 concert packages are Concession $54, Seniors $82, Adults $90.

All tickets can be purchased via the QPAC website or call 136 246.
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Why? For chamber music extravaganza on a Sunday afternoon
When: Various dates and times. Check article for information.
Phone: 136246
Where: QPAC, corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank, Queensland, Australia.
Cost: Various costs. See article for details.
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