Internationally acclaimed UK clarinet soloist Julian Bliss will join the Queensland Chamber Orchestra for Camerata’s Bliss Concert on Friday 10 August at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and The Empire Theatre in Toowoomba on Saturday 11 August.

Performing without a conductor, Camerata’s players have established a reputation for passionate, exciting performances that engage audiences of all ages, whatever their experience. Opening the concert will be Beethoven’s Serioso Quartet, which is both punchy and packed with the excitement and drama that has come to be associated with this composer. Paquito’s sublime tango-flavoured work will be followed by Camerata’s passionate string sound in Mahler’s exquisite Adagietto – heart-wrenching, dramatic, and tender all in one. Audiences will then be delighted by an exclusive wildcard mystery segment, which will lead into Szymanowski’s melody. Finally, Camerata will feature Copland’s Clarinet Concerto infused with the spirit of Brazilian folk music that Copland heard while travelling in Latin America when writing the piece.

Born in the U.K., Julian started playing the clarinet at age four, going on to study in the USA at the University of Indiana and then in Germany under Sabine Meyer. The breadth and depth of his artistry are reflected in the diversity and distinction of his work. Bliss has played at most of the world’s leading festivals and venues including Gstaad, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Verbier, Wigmore Hall (London), and Lincoln Center (New York). As a soloist, current performances include concerts with the Sao Paolo Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Paris, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic, and London Philharmonic.

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