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.
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.
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
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
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 ò 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 Dvořák
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.