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English Baroque with Circa - Review

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by JC (subscribe)
I have a had a life-long love of the arts; enjoying theatre, ballet, art and movies. We are all time poor and have limits to our entertainment budget so I hope an honest review will help make your choices easier.
Event:
Brandenburg Orchestra knows how to entertain
Brisbane has once again been treated to the brilliance that is the Brandenburg Orchestra. This innovative and exciting company teamed up with Brisbane's very own contemporary circus ensemble Circa and Aria Award-nominated soprano Jane Sheldon to wow a QPAC audience with English Baroque.



Much like Alice, I felt like I had fallen through a rabbit hole and landed in Wonderland. This was a world filled with the luxury and decadence of a 17th-century royal garden party. Sublime music, exquisite song, and incredible acrobatics all merged together in a resplendent mosaic of entertainment that left me desperately wanting it to never stop and frequently torn about where to focus my attention.

English Baroque with Circa, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra


I knew I was in for some fun when living statues draped in sheets were carried on stage. Eliciting a flurry of giggles from the audience when the sheets were removed to reveal bare-chested Adonis type figures, who along with the equally beautiful, and deceptively strong female Circa members put on a show not easily forgotten. Powerful tumbles, heart-stopping throws, impossible poses and ridiculous balancing acts kept the audience totally engaged throughout the performance.

English Baroque with Circa, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra


All this action was set against the flawless Brandenburg performance of 16th and 17th century English composers such as Purcell, Dowland, Corelli, and Handel and punctuated by the clear pure tones of Jane Sheldon and Lauen Stephenson singing greatly loved classics such as Scarborough Fair.

With the audience driven to gasps, ahs, giggles and non-stop applause throughout the performance and a very long and loud standing ovation at the end, I know I was not alone in my appreciation of this wonderful concert. The only sad news I have to deliver is that Brisbane's concert on May 21 was the last of the series. My advice is to write to Brandenburg and demand a return concert. Or, at a minimum, don't miss out on their next concert, Handel's Anthems and Fireworks playing at Brisbane's QPAC on July 30, 2019.
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Why? Enjoy Classical Music
When: May 2019
Where: QPAC Concert Hall
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