QYO2, QYO3, JSE, BB, WS & WE performed in five fantastic Concerts at Twilight, that featured challenging repertoire and excellent musicianship from our members.
Wind Ensemble performed Ralph Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite followed Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry, selections from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s Oklahoma arranged by Duthoit, and Frank Ticheli’s San Antonio Dances. They were joined by the Redeemer Lutheran College Ensembles performing a vast range of repertoire. The standard of performance was very high, and the concert was a resounding success.
The following weekend, our Junior String Ensemble performed in a concert that featured an array of repertoire including Saint-Saens’ French Military March, Dvorak’s Song of the Moon, Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia and Manuel de Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance, all arranged by their conductor Chen Yang. They were joined by the Western Suburbs String Orchestras who performed works by J.S. Bach, Keith Sharp and Richard Meyer. To conclude the concert, both groups combined to perform Dackow’s arrangement of Dance of the Tumblers by Rimsky Korsakov. Our young musicians played very well, and are now getting excited over the new repertoire.
QYO3 performed an exciting program that included Rothrock’s arrangement of Williams’ Theme from ‘Superman’, Stone’s arrangement of Khachaturian’s Adagio from ‘Spartacus’’ and finally Orrenbach’s Orphée aux enfers. The Brisbane Boys’ College Strings performed works by Verdi and Britten, and the concert ended on a high with both QYO3 and Brisbane Boys’ College Strings coming together to perform Perry’s arrangement of Johan Strauss’ Thunder and Lightning Polka. All musicians performed incredibly well.
Last Saturday QYO2 and Big Band collaborated in a performance of Swing Symphony by Wynton Marsalis and the end result had the audience tapping their toes in enjoyment. The collaboration was an amazing learning experience for all our performers, and the concert was a huge success. ⠀
The composer John Williams was also featured on the program, with the other pieces including Saving Private Ryan, Theme from Schindler's List, and the Star Wars Suite. Congratulations, and a massive thank you to everyone involved in making it a night to remember! If you would like to read about the Big Band’s other gigs please click here.
On Sunday 16 June, WS celebrated the 50th anniversary of the landing of Neil Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., and Michael Collins on the moon. 7 composers were commissioned to collaborate on the Apollo 11 Suite to commemorate this historical event. A movement was written by each composer:
Movement 1: Overture - Richard Sanderson⠀
Movement 2: Lift Off Pierce Leahy⠀
Movement 3: Journey to the Moon - Felicity Mohr⠀
Movement 4: One Small Step, One Giant Leap - Prathana Thevar-Brink⠀
Movement 5: Blast Off For Earth - Timothy Chen⠀
Movement 6: Re-Entry and Splash Down - Ally Dunk⠀
Movement 7: Epilogue - Toukie Wood⠀
Thanks to everyone who came along to support our local composers. ⠀
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 days and the audience members who came along. Without the supportive community that surrounds QYO, these concerts would not be possible.
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Term 2 Concerts at Twilight
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