March Concerts at Twilight
QYO2, QYO3, JSE, WS & WE performed in three fantastic Concerts at Twilight, that featured challenging repertoire and excellent musicianship from our new and returning members.
QYO3 performed Bizet's Farandole followed by a movement from the Mascagni opera Cavalleria Rusticana and lively performances of Variations on a Shaker Melody by Copland, and a medley from West Side Story Medley. They were joined by the Junior String Ensemble performing repertoire by Dvorak, Handel, Bizet, Puccini and Grieg, arranged by their conductor Chen Yang. Our young musicians played very well, in the first QYO concert for many of our new members.
The following weekend, our Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony performed together in a concert that featured an array of repertoire from living composers. The Wind Ensemble performed Samuel R. Hazo's Jubilatéo, Brian Balmages's Grace, Polly Oliver by Thomas R. Root, Play! by Carl Holmquist and Leroy Anderson's arrangement of The Irish Washerwoman. The Wind Symphony followed with energetic performances Adam Gorb's Yiddish Dances and East Coast Pictures by Nigel Hess. The standard from both ensembles was really outstanding, especially after only 8 weeks of rehearsal together.
The final Concert at Twilight for Term One featured the second Queensland Youth Orchestra, and their performance of Tchaikovsky's masterwork Symphony No. 5. QYO2 were joined by the QYO Big Band, who performed a set of blues, jazz standards and new arrangements. The Big Band were lead by Bohdan Davison who joins QYO this year while Rafael Karlen completes a residential fellowship in Sydney.
Congratulations to each of our musicians on their performances and hard work throughout the term. Thank you to our wonderful team of volunteers, all the friends and family that helped on concert day and the audience members who came along. Without the supportive community that surrounds QYO, these concerts would not be possible.
Join us again at a Concert at Twilight...