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Soirées Musicales Quintette: A Concert fit for a King, a Governor and a new Piano

9 November 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT

Tickets: $50 full / $40 concession / $20 students

Brisbane’s enterprising ensemble Soirées Musicales Quintette is noted for presenting elegant music in heritage venues. Its forthcoming concert will recreate one of the most glamourous events in Brisbane’s social calendar during the Edwardian decade. At Government House on Friday 9 November 1906 about 300 guests heard arias by Mozart and Gounod, ‘Melba’s waltz song’ and various popular ballads, part songs by Sullivan and Barnby, plus instrumental works by Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Dvořák and others. This ‘specially interesting musical programme’ and the reception that followed was in celebration of the birthday of King Edward VII. The list of performers was an impressive ‘who’s who’ of Brisbane’s musical talent at the time.

Soirées Musicales Quintette returns to perform at Old Government House within the Gardens Point campus of QUT on Friday 9 November 2018 at 7.30pm. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a musical and social event on the exact anniversary 112 years later, in the very same venue. Another interesting feature is the historic Bechstein piano that Lady Chelmsford had recently acquired and which was probably first heard in public at this event in 1906. Today’s music lovers are invited to journey back in time for “A CONCERT FIT FOR A KING, A GOVERNOR AND A NEW PIANO” performed by Soirées Musicales Quintette, and so enjoy an Edwardian musical soirée as was experienced by Brisbane’s social set more than a hundred years ago.

Pianist and local music historian Peter Roennfeldt will play the piano solos and accompaniments, and will also provide insights into the artistry and personality of the original performers in the form of program notes and brief verbal introductions. The singers Annie Lower, Rachael Griffin, Mattias Lower and Leon Warnock will perform the entire solo vocal and ensemble repertoire as heard in 1906. For the instrumental repertoire the ensemble will also be joined by solo violinist Margaret Connolly, and her string quartet colleagues Helen Travers, Nicholas Tomkin and Daniel Curro.

Since its debut at Old Government House three years ago, Soirées Musicales Quintette has established a reputation for creative approaches to programming and presentation, and bringing to audiences highlights of the types of repertoire that were once very familiar in salon settings. Combined with the colonial opulence of Old Government House, including its grand staircase and the same piano which dates from the final years of the residence of Queensland’s governors at Gardens Point, a unique performance and listening experience is assured at “A CONCERT FIT FOR A KING, A GOVERNOR AND A NEW PIANO”.



Old Government House
2 George Street
Brisbane, QLD 4000 Australia
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