Queensland Symphony Orchestra pulls strings for local musicians

 FROM Jimboomba to Julia Creek, Jericho and Jacob’s Well, musicians from all over Queensland are being called by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra to take part in A Day in the Orchestra.

The program is a chance for community instrumentalists from all over Queensland to join a weekend workshop and performance program with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

A Day in the Orchestra will be directed by Benjamin Northey, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra’s chief conductor and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s associate conductor.

Over the weekend of August 17 and 18, the world-class musicians from Queensland Symphony Orchestra will embrace the talent of Queenslanders in the fourth annual A Day in the Orchestra.

Participants will rehearse with Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians under the baton and mentored by conductor Benjamin Northey, perform exciting and challenging repertoire with the orchestra in the company’s home studio at South Bank, participate in music tutorials with musicians and meet and perform with other community musicians from across Queensland.

The weekend culminates in a concert on Saturday evening, August 18.

The repertoire will include Ledger’s Indian Pacific For Orchestra, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Kats Chernin’s Dance of the Paper Umbrellas and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring Part II: The Sacrifice.

Applications open Friday through qso.com.au and close on Friday 29 June.

QSO chief executive David Pratt said A Day in the Orchestra was a unique chance for Queenslanders to rehearse and play with the state orchestra, something very few people ever experienced and a truly memorable opportunity.

“Queensland Symphony Orchestra plays a pivotal role in Queensland’s arts landscape – educating; mentoring aspiring performers; touring regional centres; broadcasting and performing with state, national and international companies and as host to come of the world’s best soloists and conductors,” Mr Pratt said.

“This program is part of our commitment to make the incredible sound and people of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra accessible and to all lovers across our state.”