Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) once again lit up the stage in QPACs Concert Hall with their terrific lineup of hits with popular musicals from the 20th and 21st Century in their recent tribute to Musical Theatre-Broadway to West End.
Conductor and host Guy Noble was wonderfully entertaining with his delightful personality as he interacted with his audience. I loved award-winning soprano Lorina Gore and acclaimed performer and tenor Simon Gleeson as they treated us with a powerful and spine-tingling performance from the forcible Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables as did organist Andre Kouznetsov.
In addition, two emerging artists from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, soprano Nina Lippmann and baritone Hanlon Innocent, demonstrated the quality and musical beauty they have developed with their diverse performances.
We tapped out feet and swayed within as we watched and listened to our musicians produce scores from Bernstein (Overture to Candice, Tonight from West Side Story), Lloyd-Weber (Overture, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again and All I ask of You from Phantom of the Opera), Menken (Out There from the Hunchback of Notre Dame), Anderson-Lopez (Let It Go from Frozen), Rodgers (The Carousel Waltz and If I loved You from Carousel), Andersson (Anthem and I Know Him So Well from Chess), Schonberg (Bring Him Home from Les Miserable) and Schwartz (Defying Gravity from Wicked). Once again it was wonderful to see families bringing their children to witness the beauty of live performances.
Coming up soon on Friday 28 May 11am and Saturday 29 May 3pm & 7.30pm Mozart and Brahams – Music to Soother Your Soul conductor Alexander Briger, sounds like something we all need.
In June QSO’s Epic Sounds- Music that Soars will be performing Friday 25 June 7.30pm and Saturday 26 June 3pm & 7.30pm with conductor Benjamin Northey.
QSO the Orchestra for Everyone
On the birth of her two grandsons, Ruth Greening experienced an awakening in her life and entering Gen GP (Generation Grandparent) she was given the moniker Nanny Babe as her ‘grandmother’ title. She found things had changed since her child rearing days, and an adjustment to new parenting concepts was required. Hence the birth of the Nanny Babe blog from a baby boomers perspective.
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