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Soirées Musicales Quintette: A Governor’s Invitational Soirée

19 July 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm AEST

Tickets (including post-performance refreshments): Adult $50 | Concession $40 | Student $20 | Family (2 + 2) $100
Door sales – cash only

Following the outstanding success of Soirées Musicales Quintette’s recent ‘King’s Birthday’ concert, attended by an enthusiastic capacity audience, the ensemble return to Old Government House to recreate more colonial and Federation era highlights. The Governors rarely hosted public performances, but the official residence was much used for balls and receptions. A notable exception was an 1884 concert presented by the acclaimed Carandini family of singers. At other times the household was serenaded by the Brisbane Liedertafel, or hosted celebrities such as Emma Albani, international diva. This program features selections from opera, sacred works, parlour songs, ballads, partsongs and dance music that entertained six of the Queensland governors who resided at Gardens Point across the half-century up to 1910. The concert also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the re-opening of Old Government House in 2009, following extensive refurbishments that have returned the building to its original grandeur and elegance.

Soirées Musicales Quintette are:

  • Annie Lower (soprano)
  • Rachael Griffin (soprano)
  • Mattias Lower (tenor)
  • Leon Warnock (baritone)
  • Peter Roenfeldt (piano)


  • Selections from opera:
    • Romance ‘Il faut partir’ from ‘La fille du regiment’ (1839) by Gaetano Donizetti
    • Trio ‘Through the world’ from ‘The Bohemian Girl’ (1843) by Michael William Balfe
    • Waltz song from ‘Roméo et Juliette’ (1867) by Charles Gounod
  • Sacred music:
    • Duet ‘I waited for the Lord’ from ‘Hymn of Praise’ Op.52 (1840) by Felix Mendelssohn
    • Song ‘Nazareth’ (1856) by Charles Gounod
  • Dance music for solo piano:
    • ‘Quadrilles on airs from the opera “The Bohemian Girl” by Balfe’ (1845) arranged by William Scharfenberg
    • ‘The May Polka’ (1850) by Charles d’Albert
    • Polonaise in D minor Op.posth.71 No.1 (c. 1825) by Frédéric Chopin
  • Duets:
    • ‘Curfew bells’ by Steven Glover
    • ‘The fishermen’ by Vincenzo Gabussi
  • Ballads:
    • ‘Best of all’ by Frank Lewis Moir
    • ‘My queen’ (1885) by Jacques Blumenthal
    • ‘Let me love thee’ (1868) by Luigi Arditi
  • Partsongs:
    • ‘O hush thee, my babie’ (1867) by Arthur Sullivan
    • ‘Sweet and low’ (1865) by Joseph Barnby
    • ‘Good night, beloved’ by Ciro Pinsuti


Old Government House – Brisbane, Brisbane
2 George Street
Brisbane, QLD 4000 Australia
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