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From Russia with Love - Brisbane Symphony Orchestra

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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.
Romeo and JulietRussian Style

Russians are known for being passionate, and this is particularly evident in the works of some of their most famous composers. In their upcoming concert, the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra will explore Russian works which portray love, despair and beauty. The repertoire chosen by conductor Tony Bonetti includes Borodin's Symphony no.2, the ballet music for Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev and the beautiful Adagio from the ballet Spartacus by Khatchaturian.

After rave reviews of their Season Two Concert, the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra are looking forward to presenting this, their third season, for 2018. The works chosen feature beautiful solos from some of the orchestras individual members, including the principal flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon, oboe and viola. It will also be wonderful to hear the addition of a tenor saxophone in the scoring of the Prokofiev suite. The brass section will also enjoy a workout in the Borodin symphony.

Brisbane Symphony Orchestra
the full orchestra is utilized in this concert.

Many of the audience will recognize the beautiful Adagio from Spartacus as the theme song for the British TV series, The Onedin Line, while younger concert goers would have heard it in the animated movie Ice Age: The Meltdown. A popular work for use in settings as diverse as Phillips advertisements and ice skating routines, the real setting of the work occurs in Khatchaturian's ballet as lovers Spartacus and Phrygia celebrate their escape from the Roman authorities.

BSO Clarinet
Lead clarinettist Gavin Rebetzke gets to feature during the concert.

Lovers Romeo and Juliet are represented in Prokofiev's famous setting of Shakespeare's tale, written in 1935. Originally provoking controversy with authorities due to its happy ending, it did not become famous until 1940 after a performance at the Kirov Theatre. The music has been arranged into orchestral suites, and the orchestra will perform Suite no.2 which has seven movements, starting with perhaps the famous movement The Montagues and the Capulets.

Borodin wrote his second symphony in between science experiments conducted in his role as adjunct Professor of Chemistry in the Medico-Surgical Academy in St. Petersburg. The work took him six years to complete, however it is considered to be his most important large scale orchestral work, written in between his operas Prince Igor and Mlada. This symphony uses folklore elements while attempting to adhere to traditional western art music values, a central conflict of Romantic nationalism. The work was popular, but according to Rimsky-Korsakov, only enjoyed "moderate success" because Borodin had written the brass part too thickly. Today's audiences will enjoy the symphony for the power, playfulness, lyricism, and liveliness incorporated into each of the movements.

Antoni Bonetti Brisbane Symphony Orchestrai
Conductor Antoni Bonetti will lead the orchestra through this Russian Concert.

The concert will be presented at 3pm on Sunday 19th August in the Draney Theatre, Marist College, Ashgrove. Tickets are available by visiting their website and cost $35 for adults, $30 concessions and $10 school aged children.

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Why? Explore Russian music right here in Brisbane
When: 3pm
Where: Draney Theatre, Marist College, Ashgrove.
Cost: Adults $35, Concessions $30, School Aged $10
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