Spring is just around the corner and what better way to welcome the season than a nature-inspired concert?
Chamber orchestra Cadenza Chamber Players will present a Pastoral Symphony at Sandgate Town Hall on Saturday, 20 August.
Artistic director and chief conductor Lucas D. Lynch said the concert would be an 80-minute highlight of some of the best music ever written for orchestra.
“I think as we’ve had a very frosty winter this year, this music will certainly warm up the soul this August,” Lucas said.
“Performing Mendelssohn and Beethoven, all instruments are on display from passionate brass and percussion, to fiery winds and rapid string writing – it’s extraordinary.”
The concert will begin with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending featuring violin soloist Ann Carew, followed by a lively work by Mendelssohn. The night will conclude with Beethoven’s homage to the countryside, the Pastoral Symphony (Symphony no. 6).
“If you have ever seen Walt Disney’s original Fantasia movie, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony was the main feature,” Lucas said.
“If you’re familiar with Shakespeare at all, Mendelssohn’s Overture to the Midsummer Night’s Dream conjures up the perfect fairy world and if you have never heard The Lark Ascending, trust me when I say it’s magnificent.
“Listening to Ann perform The Lark Ascending, which has been voted the best piece of classical music on many countdown charts around the world, will be something to be present for.”
Ann has performed with Cadenza Chamber Players on a number of occasions and regularly plays with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Camerata - Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra.
“A phenomenal artist and musician who, as they say, ‘watch out for that one – she’s going places’ and indeed she is,” Lucas said.
The performance is set to showcase the talents of the 30 musicians who form the Cadenza Chamber Players.
“This orchestra features new and established talent throughout South East Queensland, and afar, and their passion and vitality as an ensemble are amazing,” Lucas said. “I am very fortunate to conduct this extraordinary group.
“We have such devoted followers and newcomers and that is exactly what music is about – sharing beautiful sounds with the community.”
Tickets are available from $35.50 at cadenzachamberplayers.com or trybooking.com/events/landing/914310
Cadenza Chamber Players – A Pastoral Symphony
Saturday, 20 August, 7:30pm
Sandgate Town Hall