It was the first time Ms de la Parra had visited regional Queensland. She was accompanied by 57 musicians and joined by local music students and teachers, performers and groups for the
Symphony Under the Stars concert, themed ‘Dance Around the World’.
The incredible free musical event took place on Friday 27 July at the Gladstone Marina Mainstage and has been made possible through the support ofAustralia Pacific LNG, Principal Partner of Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and theGladstone Regional Council. A highlight of the concert was the performance on-stage of a group of Gladstone teachers and students, joining with the Orchestra to performDanzón No.2 by Arturo Marquez, a piece which is much-loved by the conductor.
The repertoire for the evening included magnificent music from famed classical composers Strauss, Stravinsky and Dvořák together with tango-inspired pieces from Piazzolla (during which Queensland Symphony Orchestra Principal Oboe Huw Jones will solo), Moncayo and Marquez.
Concertgoers who arrived early were treated with pre-show entertainment including the Meraki Circus Performers, the Paganini String Quartet, Life Art Drawing, Veils of Arabia, Irish Dancing and more. The evening concert was part of a range of activities for Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Gladstone, which began on Thursday 26 July with a brass workshop for students and teachers from the region, and a choral workshop for Gladstone primary school students and an education show entitled The Flying at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre for upper primary and lower secondary level students/school groups, featuring an original score by Joe Twist and set to a beautiful story by Queenslander Clare McFadden.
Queensland Symphony Orchestra Chair Mr Chris Freeman said taking music to the people across the state was a highlight for the company. “Queensland Symphony Orchestra is one of the state’s largest performing arts organisations and what’s extraordinary is that the company creates and delivers unique musical experiences across Queensland. Highly trained professional musicians – at home in any great concert hall on the planet – travel to all corners of the state to connect with Queenslanders, to ensure all that can experience the true power of live music.”
“Music brings people together, and we’re proud to present this annual tradition to the people of Gladstone,” Mr Freeman said.