Queensland Music Festival 2013 – Art, Heart and Craft

How deep is your love of Music? All over Queensland in July, the Queensland Music Festival will be in full swing from 12 – 28th July guided by Artistic Director James Morrison. From the Bee Gees to boomtown, opera to pop, gypsy to jazz, rock to pop and swing to symphony and a Shostakovich cycle, you can join in playing Afro-Brazilian drums or make history as part of the World’s Biggest Orchestra Challenge, as Queenslanders get in tune with the sound of music. A record number of events see communities come together in celebration to tell their story. The Yarrabah Band Festival hosts young Indigenous musicians from across Cape York, while Tambo celebrates 150 years and Gladstone stages the epic Boomtown. There is literally hundreds of events across 36 communities.

The grandeur of historic Jimbour House provides a stunning backdrop for Opera at Jimbour a Queensland Festival favourite. The amphitheatre on Jimbour Station provides the perfect setting against a sun setting across the backdrop of the glorious Darling Downs. In 2013, QMF joins forces with Opera Queensland’s four soloists, the Opera Queensland Chorus and Camerata of St Johns to celebrate the bicentenary of Italian Romantic composer, Giuseppe Verdi. Conducted by Guy Noble (also MC), they perform well known stirring Verdi choruses and arias from much-loved works such as Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Rigoletto and more.

At The Greenhouse The Queensland Theatre Company will present a superb evening of ensemble music by traditional Persian and Middle Eastern musicians,  will provide hauntingly beautiful sounds as they summon sumptuous images of the stars over sand, enriching the well-known tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba, Sinbad and more made famous in the 1001 Nights.

From the Gladstone Marina Park Foreshore where there will be musical theatre on a scale never seen before, to the very cool classics, gypsy and jazz of Tedeschi & Cooper, who will cover ten destinations across outback Queensland in a light planed, armed with only a keyboard, fiddle and sense of humour, those who attend will be in for a very special musical experience. Log onto the Queensland Festival Website NOW

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