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QSO: Williamson, Vasks etc.


QSO: Williamson, Vasks etc.

  • Date: Saturday, 4 September 2010, 7pm
  • Venue: The Queensland Symphony Orchestra Studios — 53 Ferry Road, West End, QLD
  • Tickets: $21.75 to $42.25 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

Exceptional composers imbue their music with the light and textures of their landscapes. Latvian Peteris Vasks instils Baltic light, the Latvian landscape, forests at night, sparkling waters and a freshness in his music. His compositions are very representative of his time, yet refl ect centuries of Latvian traditions that survived generations of repression and domination by outside powers. The Cor Anglais Concerto is a sublime work with evocative pastoral elements. Musica Dolorosa is a heartfelt threnody written after the death of Vasks' sister. This deeply personal work could be said to mirror the painful struggle by the oppressed Latvian people at the point of their overthrow of Soviet domination.

Sir Malcolm Williamson was one of our greatest voices in music. His suite Our Man In Havana is full of contrasts-Cuban rhythms, outrageous colour and dark undercurrents. It remains one of his most acclaimed scores.

Featured non-Australian music: Vasks, Villa-Lobos

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Epitaphs for Edith Sitwell : string orchestra (1972) [Epitaph No. 1] by Malcolm Williamson
— performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Marco Zuccarini
Our man in Havana : orchestral suite (1966) by Malcolm Williamson
— performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Marco Zuccarini

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