Restrung Chamber Music Festival is a new vision of presenting contemporary classical music, featuring a new generation of musical arrangements and practice.
The ensembles participating in the festival already command impressive national reputations. Currently, Brisbane based groups Topology and Clocked-Out Duo are included in the festival program, as well as Perth based ensemble Wood, Continuum Sax and the Dave Chesworth Ensemble.
For the first time ever, each of these exceptional ensembles will be performing together as an orchestra, under the title Six Pack Symphony. Brisbane Powerhouse specifically commissioned five of Australia’s leading composers to create new works that will premiere in the concert. These include West Australian Symphony composer, cellist and pianist Iain Grandage; and composer, performer, former Sydney Symphony bassist and Topology founding member, Robert Davidson. During the Sunday Session, each ensemble will also give individual performances of their own specific repertoire.
For the more adventurous music lovers, the unique Australian electric string quartet, FourPlay, will deliver their own versions of your rock favourites. From The Strokes to Radiohead and many more, they are a dynamic fusion of rock’n’roll mentality, pop sensibility and the finely honed skills of classical music practice. FourPlay contradict the popular notion that classical music and rock can never sit side by side, performing original works and covers arranged themselves, laced with vocals and effects that will impress the toughest rock/classical critics.
Essential to the further development of the festival are the free music concerts and forums programmed throughout Restrung Chamber Music Festival. The official festival club will feature local bands including CODA, Tara Simmons Quartet and Collusion to keep the entertainment rolling out til late every night.
Members from the various ensembles performing throughout the festival will also lead key discussions during the festival forums. The topics highlighted will definitely prompt conversation long after celebrations finish.
Interactive visual arts installations around the building based on string instruments, instrument design, materials and creation, as well as the notion of sound production, will provide hours of amusement for patrons who want a ‘hands on’ experience to find out more about music.
Restrung Chamber Music Festival is a highlight of the Brisbane Powerhouse 2008 program, which will boast enough talent to raise the roof on even the quietest summer night in Brisbane.
Brisbane Powerhouse presents
RESTRUNG: CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Venue: Brisbane Powerhouse
Dates: Thurs 28 February – Sun 2 March
Tickets: From $16 - $49, Festival Pass (5 shows): $120/$100
Bookings & Info: 07 3358 8600 or brisbanepowerhouse.org
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