Barrier Reef Orchestra Concert Info

Saturday 19 March, 8pm
Townsville Civic Theatre
John Hopkins OBE – Conductor
Jason Xanthoudakis – Saxaphone
This concert will have you thinking of bucolic landscapes as the Orchestra plays Beethoven’s Pastorale Symphony. The stillness of the second movement is only broken with the delicate call of the cuckoo.
The first half features the winner of the 2004 North Queensland Concerto and Vocal Competition, Saxaphone player Jason Xanthoudakis in a concerto from Russian-born composer Glazunov. The venerable John Hopkins will conduct this opening concert celebrating our fifth anniversary. The evening will be testimony to the fine calibre of musicianship residing in our City.

Sunday 29 May, 4pm
Southbank Convention Centre
Richard McIntyre OAM – Conductor
Spend a lazy Sunday afternoon listening to music that will transport you to the northern hemisphere. Imagine the sun glistening across the azure waters of the Mediterranean as you hear Skalkottas’ Greek dances. See in your mind’s eye olive trees swaying gently in the breeze as the Orchestra plays Capriccio Italienne .
Taste the flavour of Spain with Capriccio Espagnole and excerpts from The Three Cornered Hat from Spanish composer Manuel de Falla.
Richard McIntyre makes a welcome return to Townsville to conduct this concert. Don’t miss Mediterranean Postcards – a tantalising musical journey.

Saturday 8 October, 8pm
Townsville Civic Theatre
John Hopkins OBE – Conductor
To celebrate this milestone, past winners and adjudicators have been invited to perform with the Barrier Reef Orchestra.
You will have the pleasure of seeing some of our favourite NQ artists such as Baritone, Peter Axford (winner 1994), Soprano, Susan Grinsell (winner 1990) and pianist Ryan Daniel (winner 1993) performing well-known arias and duets and Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 respectively. They will be joined by Sydney violinist Marianne Broadfoot (winner 2003) playing the heart-renderingly beautiful Bruch Violin Concerto and Michael O’Brien, from Brisbane with the very popular and much-loved Greig Piano Concerto.
The Competition was founded by Dr Bill Williams OBE in 1980 and is now highly regarded.

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