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Musical history to be made in Gladstone next week

Queensland Symphony Orchestra to perform in Gladstone under the baton of celebrated Music Director Alondra de la Parra

In a history-making first, Queensland Symphony Orchestra will perform next Friday under the stars in Gladstone, conducted by internationally famed Music Director Alondra de la Parra.

It will be the first time Ms de la Parra has visited regional Queensland. She will be accompanied by 57 musicians and joined by local music students and teachers, performers and groups for the Symphony Under the Stars concert, themed ‘Dance Around the World’.

The incredible free musical event will take place on Friday 27 July from 7pm at the Gladstone Marina Mainstage and has been made possible through the support of Australia Pacific LNG, Principal Partner of Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the Gladstone Regional Council.

A highlight of the concert will be the performance on-stage of a group of Gladstone teachers and students, joining with the Orchestra to perform Danzón No.2 by Arturo Marquez, a piece which is much-loved by the conductor.

The repertoire for the evening includes magnificent music from famed classical composers Strauss, Stravinsky and Dvořák together with tango-inspired pieces from Piazzolla (during which Queensland Symphony Orchestra Principal Oboe Huw Jones will solo), Moncayo and Marquez. 

Concertgoers are urged to bring a picnic or select from the on-site food and beverage vendors and arrive early (from 5.30pm) for pre-show entertainment including the Meraki Circus Performers, the Paganini String Quartet, Life Art Drawing, Veils of Arabia, Irish Dancing and more.

The evening concert is part of a range of activities for Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Gladstone, which begins on Thursday 26 July with a brass workshop for students and teachers from the region, and a choral workshop for Gladstone primary school students. An education show entitled The Flying Orchestra will be performed on Friday morning at 11am at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre. This is a concert for upper primary and lower secondary level students/school groups, featuring an original score by Joe Twist and set to a beautiful story by Queenslander Clare McFadden. 

Queensland Symphony Orchestra Chair Mr Chris Freeman said taking music to the people across the state was a highlight for the company.

“Queensland Symphony Orchestra is one of the state’s largest performing arts organisations and what’s extraordinary is that the company creates and delivers unique musical experiences across Queensland. Highly trained professional musicians – at home in any great concert hall on the planet – travel to all corners of the state to connect with Queenslanders, to ensure all that can experience the true power of live music.

“Music brings people together, and we’re proud to present this annual tradition to the people of Gladstone. The entire organisation loves this concert, and we are greatly looking forward to it,” Mr Freeman said.

Thursday 26 July – Gladstone State High School
LOWER BRASS WORKSHOP
APLNG funded activity for students and teachers in regional area
Secondary students of trumpet, trombone and tuba and their teachers will be taught specialist brass instrumental techniques with musicians and educators from Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s brass section. More than 40 students from three local high schools will be attending with their teachers.

Thursday 26 July – Clinton Primary School
PRIMARY CHOIR WORKSHOP
APLNG funded activity for students in years four to six from Gladstone region primary schools
85 primary school choir students will work with renowned choral director Julie Christiansen on music to be performed at the GEM Community Concert on 30 August at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.

Friday 27 July – Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
THE FLYING ORCHESTRA
APLNG funded activity for students and teachers in regional area
For upper primary and lower secondary level students/school groups
Queensland Symphony Orchestra will take you on a musical journey around the world and then delight with an original score by Joe Twist set to a beautiful story by Queenslander Clare McFadden. The Flying Orchestra is a whimsical tale of the music that is all around us. Conducted by Peter Luff, this is a free concert delivered to Gladstone as a partnership between the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Australia Pacific LNG.

Friday 27 July from 7pm – Gladstone Marina Mainstage
SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS – DANCE AROUND THE WORLD
Be serenaded by the magical sounds of Queensland Symphony Orchestra while surrounded by your family and friends at this FREE all-ages event. Bring along a picnic or select from the onsite food and beverage vendors. Presented by Gladstone Regional Council, in partnership with Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Australia Pacific LNG

Saturday 28 July – Gladstone Entertainment Convention
Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians Shane Chen and Hyung Suk Bae will join with pianist Stefan Cassomenos in performance at Musica! at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra Music Director is proudly supported by Tim Fairfax AC.