Queensland Symphony Orchestra returns to Gladstone

Justin Bullock, Phoebe Russell, and Tim Corkeron perform at the GPC Marina Stage

Queensland Symphony Orchestra will return to Gladstone this August for the ninth consecutive year of the much-loved Symphony Under the Stars community event.

Following last year’s success, Symphony Under the Stars will be performed on Friday August 27 at 7pm, at the GPC Marina Stage.

Supported by Australia Pacific LNG operated by ConocoPhillips, Gladstone Regional Council, Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, and Gladstone Ports Corporation, the event will take audiences on a fantastic trip around the world.

Conducted and hosted by Guy Noble, the concert will also feature QSO Section Principal Viola Imants as soloist, who will perform Bruch’s Romance in F major, for Viola & Orchestra, op.85.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra Chief Executive Craig Whitehead said the musicians were excited to return to Gladstone, a place they loved visiting.

“Last year, Gladstone was the first location QSO was able to visit, and perform for, after the COVID-19 lockdown,” he said.

“Almost 1,500 people joined the Orchestra over two nights and we all look forward to experiencing the same joy later this year.”

As in previous years, a local highlight will be the inclusion of Gladstone students joining Queensland Symphony Orchestra on stage.

For the QSO’s Prodigy Project seven talented high school students have been selected to join the Orchestra in a performance of the famous Galop from the William Tell Overture.

MP Glenn Butcher said the orchestra’s consistent visits to the region were of vital importance.

“It provides an amazing opportunity for our community to see high quality performances, which capture both classical and modern compositions and engages audiences of diverse musical tastes.”

“We are extremely fortunate to have the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s visit regional Queensland to provide this experience and in particular, play a vital role in educating and mentoring arising performers.”

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said he had a lot of respect for conductor Guy Noble.

“Previous Symphony Under the Stars attendees will be familiar with Guy’s achievements,” Cr Burnett said.

“Guy has an extensive resume including stints with the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Western Australian, Tasmanian, Queensland and Canberra symphony orchestras, as well as the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the Hong Kong Symphony and Malaysian Philharmonic orchestras.

“Guy has worked with a wide variety of international performers including Harry Connick Jr, Ben Folds, The Beach Boys, Glenn Frey, Randy Newman, Olivia Newton John and many others.”

In the course of the next three years, the Orchestra aims to provide experiences for special schools and the Endeavour Foundation Gladstone Learning and Lifestyle program.

The nature of these experiences will be determined by research and pilot programs carried out in the Brisbane region in the latter part of 2021 and 2022.

Through the power of music, the Orchestra aims to provide hope, happiness and health in all communities.

Symphony Under the Stars with Queensland Symphony Orchestra is a free event on August 27 at GPC Marina Stage from 7pm.

PROGRAM

ROSSINI William Tell Overture, Galop

TCHAIKOVSKY March (Danses Caractéristiques) and Danse russe trepak (Danses Caractéristiques) from The Nutcracker Suite No.1, Op.71a

SCULTHORPE Small Town

DVOŘÁK Slavonic Dances Op.72 No.7

COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man

GRIEG In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46

BRUCH Romance in F major for Viola & Orchestra, op.85

HANDEL (arr. Hamilton Harty) Royal Fireworks Music, HWV 351

HISAISHI My Neighbor Totoro

BORODIN In the Steppes of Central Asia

SHARPE Blades of Toledo

SIBELIUS Finlandia, Op.26