Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) proudly presents Southern Cross Soloists’ second Showcase Series concert for 2010, featuring guest flautist Wissam Boustany on 1 June 2010.
Commissioning and performing new music is the lifeblood of Brisbane-based chamber ensemble Southern Cross Soloists (SXS), and on 1 June 2010, with internationally-acclaimed flautist Wissam Boustany, they’ll showcase the ensemble’s high virtuosity in a varied program of unique chamber music for winds, piano and soprano.
The program features Poulenc’s Sextet, a piece described as chamber music of the most engaging and colourful kind, Ravel’s Scheherazade, a true gem in his compositions for voice, Handel’s Nel dolce dell’oblio HWV134 , Copland’s As it fell upon a day and Japanese composer Schuhei Isobe’s Maskerade – Variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Joining Southern Cross Soloists on this tour is London-based flautist, Wissam Boustany. One of only a few flautists to have launched a successful career as an international soloist, Wissam is a performer who inspires audience with his energetic and communicative music making.
Born in Lebanon, Wissam began his musical studies in Beirut, before moving to Britain in 1977. His experiences with the war in Lebanon have greatly influenced his outlook on both life and music, which led him to found Towards Humanity, a multi-decade international initiative working with musicians and charities, helping communities who suffer from the tragedies of war. In 1997 the Lebanese Government awarded him a knighthood in recognition of his music and peace work.
“Working with a musician like Wissam brings so much more depth to your understanding and feeling for what it is that we do. Both musically and intellectually he is a leader of our generation and it is an honour to share the stage with him,” said Paul Dean, Southern Cross Soloists’ Artistic Director and Clarinettist.
This concert is part of a national tour, which sees Southern Cross Soloists and guest flautist Wissam Boustany performing in Launceston (25 May), Hobart (28 May), Brisbane (1 June), Sydney (3 June), Canberra (4 June) and Melbourne (9 June).
The Southern Cross Soloists will perform Happy Birthday Robert Schumann on 12 October, the third and final concert in their 2010 showcase series, in QPAC’s Concert Hall.
Southern Cross Soloists are a company-in-residence at QPAC.
For further information about Southern Cross Soloists visit www.southernxsoloists.com
QPAC PRESENTS TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS SOLOISTS
WHEN Tuesday 1 June 2010, 7pm
WHERE Concert Hall, QPAC, South Bank Cultural Centre
Under 30: $44.00
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