Side by Side2:30pm
Welcome to the awesome launching concert of the Queensland Pops Orchestra’s 2017 series spectacular! This group of fine professional musicians is the real deal: renowned for giving their audience world-class musicianship and first-class entertainment – and of course the best harmonic massage imaginable. Maestro Patrick Pickett CSM has devised a sublime programme of heart-stirring music to launch the 2017 series – with an emphasis on that most divine musical combination, the duet. Yes … whether it be our two wonderful guest vocalists singing in harmony, or a showcase pair drawn from the Queensland Pops Orchestra’s fine stable of musicians, audiences can be assured of a superb afternoon of entertainment.
Following her triumphant return to help us ring in New Year 2016, acclaimed musical theatre star Silvie Paladino is thrilled to be headlining our much-anticipated first concert of the 2017 series. Joining Silvie as co-star in this fabulous potpourri of great music will be acclaimed young Brisbane singer Thomas Armstrong-Robley, a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium and a rising force on both the Australian and international musical theatre scene. Audiences may remember Thomas from the sensational QPO Rhonda Burchmore on Broadway concerts in 2016.
With so much talk of the very best of exhilarating, first-class light entertainment – performed as only the Queensland Pops and special guest artists know how – a little thespian-speak seems quite appropriate to round off this exciting preview of the launching show of 2017. Are you intrigued by a showcase of delectable duets waiting-in-the wings? Not to mention the rich seam of instrumental classics ready to be mined by the one-and-only Queensland Pops Orchestra? Then treat yourself! Satisfy those heart space desires and be a part of an afternoon of exclusive ‘two-by-twos’ – both vocal and instrumental – that will make you swing and swoon in equal measure.
Ayesha Gough winner of the Lev Vlasenko Piano Competition in 2015 will play at the Side by Side Concert as part of her prize. In 2016 she competed in the Sydney Piano Competition. As a student of the Young Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane, Ayesha studied under Oleg Stepanov. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, where she studied Advanced Performance.
Ayesha will play the romantic and memorizing second movement of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2.