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Mozart to Mahler - 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.
Delightful melodies make for magical afternoon
Brisbane Symphony Orchestra are celebrating the coming of Spring with a delightful program of music featuring piano virtuoso, Dr. Suzanna Hlinka, one of Brisbane's own talents, performing Mozart, alongside the fabulous music of Gustav Mahler.

Brisbane Symphony Orchestra
Brisbane Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal for this month's concert

The concert will open with Mozart's Overture to the "Marriage of Figaro", the themes of which we are all very familiar. This will be folllowed by more Mozart, the delightful piano Concerto no. 22 in E flat major composed in 1785.

Described by the Courier Mail as a 'prodigious talent', Australian-Czech Dr. Suzanna Hlinka began playing the piano at the age of three, performed her first solo recital at eight years old, and made her first concerto appearance with an orchestra at ten years old. After her studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Suzanna travelled extensively, performing in some of the world's most prestigious concert venues, where her performances were praised by those in attendance. The E flat piano concerto by Mozart was composed in 1785 and is the first piano concerto of his to include clarinets in the scoring, which he uses to good effect. The sometimes ornate and complicated writing for the piano soloist is a wonderful choice to showcase Suzanna's pianistic skills.

Suzanna Hlinka
Dr. Hlinka in rehearsal with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra

After interval, audiences will then be treated to Mahler's Symphony no.4, a delightful symphony which transitions from folk-like melodies to snippets of darker, more powerful playing which we hear in some of his later symphonies. The expanded scoring of the Mahler orchestra, including contra-bassoon. cor anglais, harp and bass clarinet give the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra a wonderful opportunity to showcase the depths of talent in the Orchestra, with wonderful solo lines for many of the instruments. The final movement also features the angelic singing of local soprano, Anna Stephens, who is currently studying at the Conservatorium of Music. Her voice soars over the orchestra in an orchestral setting of the song 'Das Himmlische Leben', which translates as 'The heavenly life'. It is a colourful symphony, full of expressive orchestral detail and glorious melody.

Brisbane Symphony Orchestra
Extensive scoring in the Mozart includes harp, contra bassoon, cor anglais and bass clarinet

This concert will also present patrons with a unique opportunity to "Meet the Musician". Following the concert the orchestra has arranged refreshments at one of Brisbane's top Spanish restaurants, Peasant. This will be a chance to spend time with the soloists, patrons and members of the orchestra over a selection of canapés. Tickets for this event are $50 per person and places are limited. It is recommended to register your interest as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please note that this cost does not include concert tickets, which must be purchased separately.

Meet the Musician Brisbane Symphony
Meet the Musicians at Peasant

Tickets to the concert are available by calling the 4MBS Box Office on 07 3847 1717 or by visiting their Website. Ticket prices are $35 for Adults, $30 Concessions and Children $10.

You can find out more about the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra by visiting the website here
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Why? Spring into spring with beautiful melodies.
When: 3pm
Phone: 3847 1717
Where: Marist College, Ashgrove
Cost: Adult $35 / Concession $30 / Child $10
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