Taking place simultaneously from Warwick to Weipa in towns and cities all over Queensland from July 17 to August 2 the concerts of contrast presented at the Queensland Music Festival will be sure to enhance and change many lives as it contributes to national life, community well being and the economy. From Opera at Jimbour in July to Latin, Jazz and Soul, Love Songs and Stories, to Chamber Music on Stradbroke Island, the range of the activities and events offered some free, some not, will ensure this is a major musical celebration.
This year’s Queensland Music Festival will present a special series of inspiring concerts One Hundred & One Years, honouring our Anzacs, commemorating ‘… the sacrifice made by our armed forces’ and celebrating ‘a century of the Anzac spirit and the ‘peace that we enjoy today’. James Morrison the festival’s artistic director said “I couldn’t be more excited about this year’s Queensland Music Festival – so much fantastic music with amazing musicians from all over the globe descending on us…” said James. Music from the ‘… last 101 years (1914-2015) is interwoven with rarely seen archival footage and evocative readings sourced from diaries, letters, and soldiers’ own stories’ Morrison said.
Discussing Grammy award winning Edgar Meyer’s visit to Australia for the festival Morrison, a trumpet maestro himself noted that it was an extraordinary opportunity for emerging musicians to learn from the virtuoso double bassist. Meyer and the Camerata of St John’s will unite for an Australian premiere, a rare opportunity to hear Meyer’s Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra in E – and his famous interpretation of the Bottesini Concerto No.2 at the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre.
“Queensland Music Festival is dedicated to transforming people’s lives through unforgettable musical experiences, and it is vital that these experiences reach regional and remote Queensland,” Mr Morrison said. “We want to offer people in these communities the same opportunities to experience world-class music as city dwellers’.
Music expresses ideas and emotions through rhythm, melody, harmony and colour, especially when sounded by one or more voices and instruments, or both. The list of artists involved in the Queensland Music Festival is formidable and the locations include Birdsville, Blackall, Boonah, Brisbane, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Logan, Mackay, Rockhampton and Townsville to name a few, all under the headings
- One Hundred & One Years
- Keys to the City
- Under This Sky
- Edgar Meyer with Camerata of St John’s
- Unrepresentative Swill
- James Morrison with Special Guests Megan Washington and Marian Petrescu
- Opera at Jimbour