QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan said final week performances would crown the 2017 festival with unforgettable experiences that place music at the heart of Queensland lives.
More than 4500 people, including 135 choirs from across the nation, will join Australian music icons Kate Ceberano, X Factor winner and Eurovision grand finalist Isaiah Firebrace and Katie Noonan in a national, mass rendition of Farnham’s powerful anthem, with more than 2500 choristers performing with the stars at South Bank Piazza on Saturday, 29 July.
QPAC’s Concert Hall will be graced by an exciting blend of classical and contemporary music, and international and home-grown stars, with Hang with QYO.
Locals from the Isaac Shire will perform another QMF world premiere on an outdoor stage in Moranbah – one of Queensland’s youngest towns. The Power Within celebrates the talent, diversity and resilience of Central Queensland’s agricultural and coal mining Isaac region, and is the culmination of an 18-month-long QMF community project.
Silver Memories will continue to serenade aged care centres in Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast. Jazz and classical music concerts will be performed by vocal quartet ConChord, directed by Karin Schaupp, exclusively for residents, their family and friends. Backed by evidence-based research grounded in reminiscence therapy principles, these events harness the healing power of music.
On North Stradbroke Island, masterworks by Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Janáek, Brahms, Dvoák, Poulenc and Szymanowski will be performed from Friday, 28 to Sunday, 30 July for the Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival.
In another unique music experience, Tjupurru’s The Didjeribone Show will continue touring Queensland schools until 15 September, working with students of all year levels to create inventive songs and soundscapes using the didjeribone, blending the traditional with the contemporary to create new compositions that blend cultures, technologies and sounds.
“The final week of Queensland Music Festival 2017 brings music to Queenslanders wherever you are – into streets, concert halls, islands, rainforests, regional centres and homes, through our livestream of the rousing and empowering You’re The Voice performance. We invite you to join us and use your voice for change,” said Noonan.
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