The Queensland Music Festival is easily one of the city’s cultural highlights each year; the line-up always includes an astonishing range of performances including opera, country, jazz, classical treats and the best of contemporary Australian music. This year the festival promises more than ever with over 800 performances in over 100 locations throughout Queensland. Here are six acts and experiences we can’t wait for at this year’s festival.
Passion and percussion: Verdi’s Requiem
4pm, 28 July 2019 at Concert Hall, QPAC
Giuseppe Verdi wrote Requiem as a musical memorial to his dear friend Manzoni, and the result is a thrilling and poignant musical experience. The Queensland Choir, Brisbane Chorale, Brisbane Concert Choir and Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra will collectively take you through a journey through grief, terror and contrasts of emotion in a performance not to be missed.
Archie Roach and company: Let Love Rule
5 July 2019 at The Tivoli
Living legend Archie Roach will be joined by the Tinalley String Quartet and talented musicians in a multi-dimensional reimagining of Roach’s incredible 30-year repertoire. This event will be opened by Jessie Lloyd and her meaningful Mission Songs Project, exploring Indigenous Australian experiences of Christian Missions and state-run settlements through music.
Powerful women: Frank and Fearless
7:30pm, 26 & 27 July 2019 at Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse
Merle Thornton protested the refusal of drinks service to women in public bars, helped to establish the first Women’s Studies course at UQ and founded Brisbane’s Equal Opportunities for Women Association. She also happens to be the mother of actress Sigrid Thornton, who will be joining Merle in conversation at the Powerhouse Theatre complete with live performances of significant songs from Merle’s life.
A wonder for small music lovers: The Little Green Road to Fairyland
Various times and dates from 24 June to 21 July 2019, multiple locations
Here’s one for the younger music lovers, although it’s sure to delight all ages. The Little Green Road to Fairyland is set in the Australian bush and brings to life the 1922 tale by Annie R. Rentoul and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. An original score by Elena Kats-Chernin, performance by Soprano Kristin Berardi, choreography by Paul Boyd and gorgeous costumes all promise an unforgettable experience. Soprano singer Katie Noonan will also be taking part in select performances on 13 July (1pm) and 14 July (3.30pm).
Hidden keys: Play Me, I’m Yours
5-28 July 2019, who knows where?!
Here’s a bit of fun for music lovers of all ages. Throughout the festival there will be 20 colourfully painted street pianos tucked into all sorts of spaces throughout Brisbane. It’s part of an internationally touring artwork by British artist Luke Jerram, and designed to encourage people to explore their city and their community. Follow the online map or simply tinker on any of the vividly decorated pianos that you come across.
Interactive and open-aired: Our Place
7.30pm, 5, 6 and 7 July 2019 at The Block, QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Musk Ave Kelvin Grove
What better way to savour the beautiful Queensland weather than with open-air twilight performances? Our Place features Tjupurru, DeepBlue, The Queensland Choir and Digi Youth Arts in a celebration of connection to community and place. The aural experience will be complemented by immersive visuals and interactive technology.
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