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Brisbane Symphony Orchestra Lakes Awake
Two concerts - one in Brisbane and one in Lake Katana

For their third concert of the year, Brisbane Symphony Orchestra will premiere not one, but two works never before heard in Brisbane. Joining forces with the Queensland Festival Chorus, the orchestra will perform the hauntingly beautiful "Lakes Awake at Dawn" by Latvian composer, Erik Esenwald. This work was written in honour of Boston Symphony Orchestra's appointment of Andris Nelsons as conductor and the conclusion of his tenure with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The music evokes a picture of sunrise over a remote lake, with the eerie pre-dawn darkness portrayed with text comprising of Latvian Inga Abele's poem, set for mixed chorus.

Queensland Festival Chorus
Queensland Festival Chorus in rehearsal with Brisbane Symphony Orchestra

The first section of the work focuses on the chorus, with orchestral accompaniment minimal. It could almost stand as an a cappella work except for two notable instrumental interludes: a lyric wind section near the mid-point, and an unforgettable sea gull-sounding glissando in the strings that makes the transition to the second section.That section, with text by Esenvalds himself, breaks into post-dawn light, hopeful and spirited, sounding in some places like a church hymn. It is a beautiful work, masterfully interpreted by both chorus and orchestra alike.

Antoni Bonetti Brisbane Symphony Orchestra
Maestro Antoni Bonetti rehearses the orchestra

The second premiere, is in fact, a world premiere as well as a Brisbane premiere. Brisbane Symphony Orchestra's conductor, Antoni Bonetti and clarinettist Ruth Bonetti have a musical family, and son, Paul-Antoni Bonetti is an Australian composer. His work, an overture to "As You Like It", reflects the light nature of Shakespeare's comedy. Paul studied composition at the Elder Conservatorium, earning a PhD. He has also won a number of competitions for his music and was the composer in residence with the Australian Voices in 2008. With influences as diverse as hip-hop and rap through to early art-music, his music is a delightful fusion of his experiences and musical influences. To hear a sample of his works, you may like to visit his Website.

Brisbane Symphony Orchestra
Brisbane Symphony Orchestra rehearses with Queensland Festival Chorus

While at the concert, you may like to see if you can find other family members spread across both orchestra and choir. Hints lie in the violin and viola sections, and double bass, percussion and horn sections, as well as the Bass section of the chorus. The family connections are one of the reasons members of the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra work so well together. These special bonds will also help to ensure a unified approach and symmetry of interpretation during the other works on the program, including Beethoven's Symphony no.4 and Dvorak's Czech Suite.

The first concert will take place on Saturday 3 September at 3pm in St.Peter's College Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are available by visiting the 4mbs Website or by calling 3847 1717. If you miss this performance, you may like to join the orchestra for their concert at Lake Kawana Community Centre on Sunday 11 September at 3pm. To book tickets for this concert you can visit or call 5413 1400.

If you would like to discover more about the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra or would like to support community music making in Brisbane, please visit their Website.
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Why? Two premiere performances for Brisbane audiences.
When: 3pm
Phone: 0407782404
Where: St. Peter's Lutheran College & Lake Kawana Community Centre
Cost: Adult $35, Concession $28, Child $10
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