A night of orchestral, chorale and uplifting music at QPAC
Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane Girls Grammar School Prossima Program students and Brisbane Chorale join forces for a one off evening of eclectic and uplifting orchestral and choral pieces, including Rhapsody in Blue, Pomp and Circumstance, The Swag Man's Promenade and Rule Britannia for the annual performance of (Not) The Last Night of the Proms..
Operating since 1947, The Queensland Symphony Orchestra tours Queensland visiting various cities and towns around the state, though it makes South Bank its home and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre is its primary venue.
About Brisbane Chorale
Brisbane Chorale is a symphonic choir with over 100 members, or as they prefer to say, voices. Since their founding in 1983, they have an excellent reputation for their performances. They encourage anyone with a decent voice to try out for the choir and membership is granted by audition. Members have to pay to be a member and supply their own clothes to performances.
About the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the Concert Hall
Queensland's excellent performance complex, QPAC, has several excellent and well-regarded performance spaces. The concert hall is a long thing performance space that can hold up to 1800 patrons. For a performance such as this, your best options are going to be the stalls or the balcony, though you can also choose from one of several balcony boxes, with the choir balcony seats obviously going to be in use by the choir, so not available for this performance.
Getting there is easy, with a choice of train, getting off at South Brisbane Station, bus, stopping at the Cultural Centre Station or Ferry, disembarking at South Brisbane ferry terminal, and car, with parking under the concert hall. If you are driving it is recommended that you book your car space online in advance.
The night's performance will be conducted by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra's current music director, Alondra de la Parra, from Mexico. Along with the orchestra, Jorge Viladoms, in his Australia debut, will be performing on piano and William Barton will perform the didjeridu (their spelling). Choral performances will be provided by Brisbane Choral. Also performing on the evening are Prossima Program students from Brisbane Girls Grammar School.
The evening's program is as follows. Westlake Cudmirrah Fanfare Hamilton 482 Variations on a Very Short Theme Twist Peace at the Last World premiere Sculthorpe Earth Cry Vaughn Williams Five Mystical Songs Hurst Swagman's Promenade, Four Traditional Australian Tunes
Talbot Hovercraft Bernstein Three Dance Episodes from On the Town Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue Bernstein Make Our Garden Grow from Candide Wood arr. Lawson Fantasy on British Sea Songs Elgar Pomp and Circumstance: No.1, D major (Land of Hope and Glory) Parry Jerusalem Arne Rule Britannia
Food and drink before and after the show
The obvious place to eat is at the theatre itself. The Lyrebird restaurant is a mid-priced restaurant with an excellent menu and a decent reputation. The only other restaurant nearby is the Charming Squire which is more or less across the road from QPAC, which is also an excellent choice. Alternatively, you can either walk up towards West End or down to South Bank for a wide range of places to eat.