Tickets for the 2017 festival are selling fast; in fact, Concert 1 (“Jacob’s Dream”), Concert 2 (“Breakfast Fandango With Karin Schaupp”), Concert 3 (“Autumnal Romantics”) and Concert 4 (the Joseph Tawadros Quartet at the Surf Life Saving Club) have now sold out.
But if you get in quickly you can still buy tickets to hear both Karin and Joseph perform in the two concerts at Dunwich on Sunday 30 July.
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A record number of more than 20 performers are appearing at the 2017 festival, in a diverse program that is based on narrative: stories, dreams and fairytales from strikingly different veins of Australia’s rich cultural lode.
At the Sunday morning concert, “Minjerribah Miniatures”, the festival players (guitarist Karin Schaupp among them) perform a series of short musical gems that celebrate the natural world. Featured composers include Debussy, Sculthorpe, Dvořák, Elgar, Paul Stanhope, Ross Edwards and Paul Hankinson.
These musical miniatures are linked by stories from Oodgeroo’s Stradbroke Dreamtime, narrated by Chenoa Deemal. Chenoa is currently performing in the national tour of The 7 Stages of Grieving (Queensland Theatre/Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe) and in June she performed this one-everywoman show in London at Origins: Festival of First Nations.
As a tribute to Quandamooka cultural heritage, this concert is an apt accompaniment to the Quandamooka Festival’s Yura Yalingbila whale-welcoming celebration at Point Lookout on the day before.
In the lunchtime break between concerts, patrons can feast on fresh local mullet fillets barbecued by a team from the Historical Museum, and they also have the chance to join a guided tour of historic features of the township.
Then the Sunday-afternoon concert begins with the premiere performance of Chad Gadya (“One Little Goat”), for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, by Israeli-Australian composer Yitzhak Yedid. Specially commissioned to celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary, it integrates Yiddish and Arabic genres with contemporary Western classical music, the clarinet showcasing the folk and storytelling element of the music. Performers are William Stafford (clarinet), Rachel Smith (violin), Louise King (cello) and Ayesha Gough (piano).
Next, for those who missed out on tickets to hear the Joseph Tawadros Quartet at the Surf Club on Saturday night, Joseph displays his virtuosity in solo pieces for the oud, or Middle Eastern lute, before being joined by the festival strings in a performance of Eye of the Beholder, his exciting composition for oud and string quartet, where “Vivaldi meets Egyptian music”.
The concert (and the festival) conclude with a masterwork: Dvořák’s Piano Quintet no. 2, full of spirited melodies influenced by Czech folk music, with Stephen Emmerson the featured pianist.
Queensland Music Festival
The Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival is proud to be associated with the Queensland Music Festival.
Over three weeks from 7 to 30 July 2017, the Queensland Music Festival will bring unforgettable music experiences to cities, regions and remote corners of Queensland.
Under Artistic Director Katie Noonan, the 2017 QMF program will showcase some of the most talented local, national and international musicians across 100 performances, including six world premieres.
This year the Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival takes place during the third Quandamooka Festival – a three-month calendar of events from July to September 2017, celebrating the culture, country and people of the Quandamooka region.