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Ipswich City Orchestra's Fairytale Gala

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by Karina Bryer (subscribe)
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.
Enter a world of fantasy, beauty and delight

Fairytales have been the inspiration for many beautiful compositions throughout the history of classical music. Inspired by the fantasy, tragedy and splendour of fairytales from all over the world, composers have written ballet, operas and art pieces which have become loved all over the world. On Saturday 3 October at 7:30pm you have the opportunity to experience a selection of some of the best of this music as the Ipswich City Orchestra present their Fairytale Gala.

Emily Doherty
Emily Doherty dances the role of the wicked fairy godmother, Carabosse, in Sleeping Beauty

From dance to song, the Ipswich City Orchestra will be presenting your favourites in this year's Gala Concert at the Ipswich Civic Centre. Joined by dancers from the Shayne McCormick Ballet School, world renowned bass baritone David Hibbard and Soprano Hannah Dahlenburg, concert goers can expect an evening of fairytale magic, telling the stories of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and more.

Ipswich Orchestra
The orchestra stage spectacular productions

David Hibbard comes to the orchestra with a wealth of experience. His career started with minor principal roles with the Opera of South Australia, followed by study in New York with Daniel Ferro and in England with Sir Peter Pears in 1985. He then began a contract with the English National Opera where he played principal in Die Meistersinger, Julius Caesar and Rossini's Moses in Egypt and Simon Boccanegra for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He returned to Australia in 1988 to appear with Opera Australia in roles ranging from Ramphis in Aida, Monterone in Rigoletto and The Speaker in The Magic Flute.

One of Opera Australia's current Sopranos, well known for her rendition of the Queen of the Night Aria from Mozart's Magic Flute is Hannah Dahlenburg. A graduate of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Hannah has played the Queen of the Night, First Lady and Papagena for Opera Australia and numerous other roles for companies both in Australia and overseas.

Patrick Burns
Maestro Patrick Burns conducts the Ipswich City Orchestra

Especially exciting for the orchestra is the news that their conductor, Patrick Burns has just been successful in making it through to the finals of the Blue Danube International Opera conducting competition in Bulgaria where he was awarded the Jury Prize. Patrick will bring his experience in to play as he leads the orchestra through a concert of magical music.

Tickets for the Gala cost $47 for adults, $39 for students and concessions, or $37 for groups of ten or more. There is parking in the surrounding streets or in the after hours carpark a short walk away in Roderick Street. For more details you may like to visit the Ipwich Civic Centre Website. The evening starts at 7:30pm and you can always enjoy a pre-concert meal or drink at the Civic Centre's Stars Cafe, which will open two hours prior to the show.
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Why? Be transported to fairytale lands with beautiful music and fantastic costumes.
When: 7.30pm
Phone: 07 3810 1600
Where: Ipswich Civic Centre
Cost: Adults $47, Concessions/students $39, Groups 10 $37
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