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7:30pm 27th April 2018 - 9:30pm 27th April 2018

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Venue Name: St Stephen’s Cathedral
Venue Address: Elizabeth St, Brisbane
Event Type: Qld/NT
Cost: $45-$55
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Brisbane audiences will be treated to a feast of dazzling Baroque music when the Queensland Choir presents Baroque Brilliance in St Stephen’s Cathedral, city, on April 27.

The Queensland Choir’s musical director Kevin Power says the choral works by Handel, Charpentier and Bach are festive and fun and were originally written to celebrate a coronation, a military victory and to impress new employers.

The concert will feature outstanding young soloists from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s will also perform an orchestral work, Sinfonia in G, by Baroque icon Vivaldi.

“The Baroque era (roughly 1600-1750) is still hugely popular with a wide section of the musical public today, and this concert will inspire and entertain with classics such as Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Bach’s Magnificat in D, and the lesser known Te Deum in D by Charpentier, which was only rediscovered in 1953,” Mr Power says.

“Movie-goers may be surprised to find they know the works, which have featured in films and TV shows including The CrownThe Young VictoriaOutlander, and even, in modified form, The Mentalist.

Zadok the Priest has been sung at the coronation of every British monarch since Handel wrote it in 1727, and has featured in other royal weddings including that of Danish Crown Prince Frederik to Princess Mary.

“Anyone who watches the Eurovision Song Contest will recognise Charpentier’s Te Deum, which is Eurovision’s signature tune and was originally written to celebrate a French military victory in 1692,”

Mr Power says.

The concert, conducted by Kevin Power, will also feature five talented young soloists whose credits range from classical to pop, including an upcoming appearance in the CommGames Festival 2018.

Soprano Irena Lysiuk, 25, of Kelvin Grove, will play the Pussycat in the new opera The Owl and the Pussycat at the CommGames Festival.  Irena, a classically-trained soprano with more than 15 years of performance experience, has also toured nationally and internationally with Brisbane pop groups Avaberee and Charlie Mayfair. She has recorded an original album with Avaberee in Los Angeles and has sung with Opera Queensland.

Soprano Cassandra Wright, of Annerley, is a final year Bachelor of Music student at the Queensland Conservatorium and has sung with The Seven Sopranos, with the Townsville Barrier Reef Orchestra and has won numerous competitions including the Queensland Vocal Competition’s Lieder and Sacred sections in 2017. She was also the winner of the 2016 Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition.

Brisbane-based mezzo-soprano Melissa Gregory, of Mt. Gravatt, is a first-class honours graduate from the Queensland Conservatorium and recently made her Opera Queensland debut in Mozart Airborne with Expressions Dance Company. She was the winner of the Conservatorium’s 2015 Elizabeth Muir Postgraduate Prize, has performed with the Song Company, the Bach Society of Queensland and was a finalist in the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition and the Wollongong Operatic Aria Competition.

Originally from Newcastle, tenor Phillip Costovski, of Nundah, is a Conservatorium student who has performed in various roles including Mayor Upfold in film director Bruce Beresford’s production of Albert Herring, the new opera Tales of Scheherazade alongside acclaimed Australian baritone Jeffrey Black, and will premiere the role of Henry in Paul Dean’s new opera Dry River Run as part of the Brisbane Festival.

Bass Oliver Boyd, from Collingwood Park, recently completed post-graduate studies in opera performance at the Conservatorium and plans to travel to Europe to continue his studies in Germany. Oliver has sung major roles in productions including the world premiere of Floods: A Travelling Opera, Bruce Beresford’s production of Britten’s Albert Herring, and in concert with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He has sung with ensembles around Australia and overseas and won awards including first prize and audience prize at the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic aria competition and was a finalist in the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto competition.

“This is a concert to dazzle and uplift, with the chance to hear outstanding young soloists, a powerful choir, and a thrilling orchestra with dramatic trumpet and tympani highlights. Bookings are now open for this memorable event that showcases the high standard of talent that Brisbane has to offer,” Kevin Power says.

THE QUEENSLAND CHOIR presents BAROQUE BRILLIANCE, Friday, April 27, 2018, 7.30pm, Cathedral of St Stephen, Elizabeth St, Brisbane. Tickets: $45-$55, available from 4MBS ticketing, ph: 3847 1717 or

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