Shenzo & Gerard Mapstone – On Tour with Camerata of St Johns

The Camerata of St John’s in Brisbane today starts their outback Queensland tour featuring special guest artists Shenzo Gregorio on violin and Gerard Mapstone on guitar. You can watch Shenzo and Gerry perform together on You Tube. These two extremely talented performers together are dynamite. I had the privilege of hearing them play when I lived in Brisbane and to share some very special musical experiences with them both. They are among my fav performers of all time. Why some big international musical promotor hasn’t snapped them up is beyond my comprehension. They are innovative musicians who constantly tour our country, garnering a huge following wherever they go. They provide a truly unique blend of Spanish flamenco, Gypsy jazz and Classical music. To my mind to say they are masters of music would be the best way to describe them both individually, and together.

Their performances are packed with ‘passionate and virtuosic playing, beauty, mystery and energy’. They invite everyone to enter their exciting ‘world of creation, improvisation, and connection’ to ravishing sounds. From the campfires of Andalucia to the concert halls of Vienna, their music is a passionate musical odyssey across the globe and beyond. Both classically trained they are leading contemporary performers of great versatility.

If you live in Gladstone, rush to Tannum Sands State High School Performance Centre Saturday Nov 16 Time 7pm – Admission: Free. For people in Mackay its Holy Trinity Church, cnr Gordon & Sydney Sts Monday November 18 at 7:30pm Admission: Donation to restoration of pipe organ. For the Moranbah community rush to the Community Centre, Town Square Wednesday Nov 20 at 7pm admission proceeds to Breast Cancer Network Australia. For those in Emerald it is the McIndoe Function Centre, Emerald on Thursday Nov 22 at 6pm, small charge single or family. At Biloela they are on stage at the Biloela Anglican Ministry Centre Sat Nov 23 at 7.30pm and while adults are asked to pay a fee, students are free.

The Camerata of St John’s has a reputation for innovation and the ensemble is extremely flexible in its repertoire, playing the core “classics” as well as regularly working with performers outside the ‘classical’ sector. Check out Gerard Mapstone’s website - Carolyn McDowall, Writer in Residence

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