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One of Brisbane's best community orchestras is back with a concert entitled Revolutionaries! on the first weekend in November at Brisbane's City Hall. Conducting the music of Beethoven, Sibelius and Shostakovich, Ensemble Q clarinettist, Paul Dean will take the orchestra through its paces, presenting a program which explores works, each revolutionary in their own way.

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Brisbane Symphony will perform Sibelius' Valse Triste

Sibelius was considered a revolutionary in compositional style and through his music is credited with developing a national identity for Finland. The much-loved "Valse Triste" was composed originally as part of the incidental music for his brother-in-law's play, Kuolema which translates to "death". The music is written to accompany a moment in the play when a woman rises from her deathbed to dance with ghosts. This beautifully haunting work is often performed on its own in concert programs around the world, owing to its simplicity and gracefulness, a feature of the composer's revolutionary style.

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Soloist Stephen Emmerson works with the orchestra and Paul Dean conducting

The next work on the program is the Beethoven Triple Concerto when the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra will be joined by well-known Brisbane musicians, violinist Michele Walsh, cellist Trish O'Brien and pianist Stephen Emmerson. The concerto was composed in 1803 and is the only concerto that Beethoven composed which uses more than one solo instrument. The solo lines are carefully balanced so that no one soloist overshadows another. Listeners will enjoy beautiful melodic lines, virtuosic playing and musical dignity in this revolutionary work for Beethoven.

Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony was a triumph from its first performance, with an ovation that lasted over half an hour. It was widely believed to be a reflection of the suffering felt by the people under the Stalinist regime. Reviewed by notables such as Tolstoy who took the party line, the work sparked controversy politically. Heinrich Neuhaus called the work "deep, meaningful, gripping music, classical in the integrity of its conception, perfect in form and the mastery of orchestral writing—music striking for its novelty and originality, but at the same time somehow hauntingly familiar so truly and sincerely does it recount human feelings."

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The full forces of the orchestra will be employed in Shostakovich's 5th Symphony

No matter the reasons behind the work, the Symphony is spectacular virtuosic performances required from many of the orchestra's musicians. From the haunting flute and horn solo to the fiendishly difficult viola section solo and the tricky clarinet passages throughout, it is no wonder that the orchestra has chosen this work to showcase their enthusiasm towards bringing wonderful music to Brisbane audiences.

The concert will take place in Brisbane's City Hall on Sunday 3rd November at 3pm. Tickets are available through TicketTailor and there are a variety of pricings available from $10 - $55 and a discount for group bookings of ten or more.
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When: 3pm
Where: Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane
Cost: $10 - $55
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