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This November, Brisbane Symphony Orchestra present their final installment for 2017, a delightful program of Beethoven, Nielsen, Hoey and the exquisite Dvorak Cello Concerto performed by Brisbane's own international cello star, Patrick Murphy.

Patrick Murphy Cello
Patrick Murphy in rehearsal with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra

Patrick, who is currently a member of the Southern Cross Soloists and White Halo Ensemble, has an impressive history as a cellist. He was a founding member of the Australian String Quartet and has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and Canada. The Dvorak Cello concerto is an expression of Dvorak's grief of losing his first love, Josefina Kaunitsova, to illness and incorporates one of his own early melodies which was a favourite of Josefina's in the second movement.

Brisbane Symphony Orchestra Cellos
The strings get some interesting parts in the 'Waltz no.1' written by their lead cellist, Matthew Hoey

Continuing with the cello association, the Orchestra will premiere a work composed by their own principal cellist, Matthew Hoey. Entitled Waltz no.1, the work In the long tradition of pieces that are spawned by dance genres but which are for intended for performance rather than the dance hall, is intended merely as a concert piece. Despite the waltz-like use of a rapid metre and contrasting legato phrases, it is hoped that the listener's mind is ultimately drawn not to the glittering dance halls of the nineteenth century; but rather, through the muted opening and anticlimactic coda, to a sense peaceful surrender.

Brisbane Symphony Orchestra Clarinets
Carl Nielsen, who wrote a concerto for clarinet, also uses them to good effect in his first symphony.

Carl Nielsen was fiercely nationalistic and utilizsed many of the rhythms and melodies of his homeland, Denmark in his works. Although his Symphony no.1 was written when the composer was only twenty-six, the work displays remarkable maturity and uses what was to become his signature compositional device, ending in a key other than that in which it started. It seems that the female in his life was also an inspiration for this work, with the Symphony being dedicated to his wife. You can listen to the first movement below:

The orchestra will also perform Beethoven's Egmont Overture as the opening work of the concert. Rather than being inspired by his femme fatale as are the other works on the program, this work by Beethoven was written at a time when he was furious with Napoleon Bonaparte for crowning himself Emperor of Europe during the Napoleonic Wars. The overture became the unofficial anthem of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

Brisbane Symphony Orchestra
The full force of the orchestra is unleashed in Beethoven's Egmont Overture

The concert will be performed twice, at Lake Kawana Community Centre on Sunday 19th November at 3pm and on 26th November at 3pm in the Draney Theatre, Marist College, Ashgrove. Lake Kawana tickets are available by calling 54131400 or by visiting Sunshine Coast Venues and Events. Tickets for the Brisbane concert at Marist College can be purchased online at 4MBS or by calling 4MBS ticketing on 38471717. Ticket prices are as follows:
35 Adult
30 Seniors Card
30 Concession Card
30 Full-Time Student
10 School-Aged Child (with paying adult)
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Why? Enjoy the beautiful sounds of one of the classical music's most famous cello concertos.
When: 3pm
Phone: 0407 782 404
Where: Draney Theatre, Marist College Ashgrove
Cost: Adult $35 / Concession $30 / Child $10
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