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  • Sat

    Pops Big Band Valentine's Night Out


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    Queensland Pops Big Band with Special Guest Artists Adam Lopez and Deborah O'Toole.

    This will be a night not to be missed! Come and enjoy the Latin rhythms performed by our special artist: one of Australia’s top entertainment talents, Adam Lopez. Opera trained and two time Guinness World Record Holder for singing the highest vocal note by a male singer! (C Sharp in the 8th Octave - a semi-tone higher than a Grand Piano).

    This achievement has astounded audiences from all around the world leading Lopez to perform and appear on international television and radio stations in Japan, Spain, Italy, Korea, Hong Kong and the USA. Today, Adam Lopez remains a highly sought after International Artist and continues song writing and recording and of course, his undeniable love of performing.

    Deborah O'Toole first performed with the Queensland Pops Orchestra in the 2015 concert "With Honour We Serve" where she won the hearts of the audience with her performance.  She also  lived out a childhood dream of singing with the great Jazz pianist Joe Chindamo in "Come Swing Again".  We look forward to having Deborah on stage with the Big Band to sing some of the all time swing favourites.

    A dance floor is being reserved so patrons can swing, dance or tango to their heart’s content if they so desire!

    Come early and have a dance lesson with instructors from Corner Pocket Swing.

    Then take the dance floor with flair and confidence.

    While an accurate history of Valentine's Day – and the story of its patron saint – continues to be shrouded in mystery, we do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance.

    Saint Valentine, according to romantic legend, was a kind-hearted Roman priest who married young couples against the wishes of Emperor Claudius II … and was beheaded for his deeds on the 14th of February! Although this appears to be a rather macabre start to what has become a much-loved worldwide day, one thing’s for sure: Valentine’s Day will be forever synonymous with affairs of the heart.

    To celebrate this unique and historical day, the Queensland Pops Orchestra’s first performance of 2017 is a Big Band concert at one of Brisbane’s oldest musical venues: the legendary Tivoli Theatre in Fortitude Valley. On the Saturday before Valentine’s Day – you’re invited to roll up for a “Valentine’s Night Out” of great music steeped in atmosphere and nostalgia, under the baton of maestro Patrick Pickett CSM and the orchestral and Big Band sounds of the Queensland Pops Orchestra.

    Built in 1917 and restored in Art Deco style, the auditorium with mezzanine has been modelled after Brisbane’s original Tivoli Theatre (on the corner of Turbot and Albert Streets in the city), which was resumed during the 1970s to build King George Square.  This elegant, fully licensed theatre is famous for its rich, warm sound and state-of-the-art technical and production facilities, and will play host to a wondrous night of first-class entertainment featuring big band classics from the ‘Kings of Swing’ Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and much, much more.

    Tickets on sale now through Ticketmaster.  Keep your calendar free so you do not miss this one!

  • Sat

    Side by Side


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    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.

  • Sun

    Sunday Afternoon Delight


    AMEB Building

    9 Nathan Ave, Ashgrove 4060

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    Pops Strings

    Led by Concert Master Glenn Murray this String Quartet will play a delightful selection of classic favourites.

    Come and enjoy the music and meet our principal players.

    Glenn Murray -Violin, Katie Sillar -Violin, Eddie Whiting -Viola and Christine Wang -Cello.

    $25 tickets

    includes afternoon tea or a glass of wine

    phone 3278 1913 to book or pay at the door.

    Program taken from the following list.

    Brandenburg arrangements
    Gabrielle’s Oboe
    Shostakovich Romance Gadfly

    Marche Militaire

    Moment Musical

    Ave Maria,

    Mozart: Early quartets k 155, 156, 157, 160

    Eine kleine

    Rondo Alla Turka

    Boccherini minuet

    Bach: Air on the G String

    Handel: Water Music


    Salut D'Amour

    Elenore Rigby

    8 days

    get back

    Hey Jude


    Norwegian Wood

    Strawberry Fields


    Andrew Lloyd Webber:

    Don't cry for me Argentina

    All I ask of you


    Moon river

    Rainbow Connection
    The Rose

    Somewhere Over the Rainbow
    Sway (Quien Sera),

    Fly me to the Moon

  • Sat

    Celtic Spectacular

    2:30pm & 7:30pm

    QPAC Concert Hall

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    Whatever did lovers of all things Celtic do before the Queensland Pops Orchestra came along? Where could you go to hear an extravaganza of music from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the broader Celtic nations? There’s something about Celtic music – and with each passing year, the QPO brand of Celtic magic continues to receive more hearty unison chants of ‘we want more’ than ever.

    Once again, here’s your chance to be adventurous and wear your kilt or trews! Another fabulous serving of the very best treasures from one of the world’s richest ethnic music heritages hits the floorboards of QPAC in 2017. Come with your face painted and hoist your Celtic flags, and join with us in this ever-popular Pops favourite. Featuring Thistle Highland Dancers and dancers from the Watkins Academy of Irish Dance, the orchestra will also be joined by the iconic Celtic rock ensemble Murphy’s Pigs, who will warm the cockles of your heart with some typically irresistible tunes.

    Introducing Sarah Calderwood to the Pops audience, a singer-songwriter flautist who unites classic with contemporary folk and is well known in Celtic band circles. In 2012 her first solo album “As Night Falls” was nominated for an ARIA award and has recently recorded “You Raise me Up” and other songs by Brendan Graham, with the Australian Girls’ Choir.

    Resonance of Birralee and Toowoomba Contemporary Choral will make a stunning 120 voice choir backdrop to add colour and weight to the songs: The Minstrel Boy, The Gael, Hector the Hero, Men of Harlech and Wild mountain Thyme.  A haunting a capella version of Danny Boy will send shivers up your spine.  The choirs have been learning gaelic for a performance of Mo Chile Mear: a traditional allegorical song written by eighteenth-century poet Sean Clarach Mac Domhnaill, which laments the departure of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) accompanied by the Irish single-headed frame drum, the bodhran.

    Collectively, our guest artists have won a plethora of State and National titles, and are ranked among the very best in the world. Watch them showcase the power, grace and energy that epitomises the great Celtic tradition – and be amazed by the sheer excellence on show. Of course, no Celtic Pops would be complete without a dazzling display of pipes and drums.  BBC Pipes and Drums will be debuting with the Pops as they prepare for their trip to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2018… and we guarantee they’ll have you ‘slaving to the rhythm’ from start to spectacular finish!


  • Sun
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    Sunday Afternoon Delights



    9 Nathan Ave, Ashgrove, 4060

    Pops Woodwinds

    Led by Principal Flute Michal Rosiak this woodwind quintet will play a selection of highlights from the vast repertoire, both classic and well known for this delightful ensemble.

    Tickets at the door

    $25 Adults

    $10 Student

    or Phone 3278 1913 to secure a seat.

  • Sun

    Sunday Afternoon Delights


    AMEB Building

    9 Nathan Ave, Ashgrove, 4060

    Pops Brass

    Led by Principal Trumpet John Coulton, this energetic ensemble will be dazzling and sublime with tunes you know and love.


    $25 tickets  includes a sumptuous afternoon tea or a glass of wine. Get up close and personal with the musicians.

    Phone 3278 1913 to secure your seat.


    Tuba Mirum – Sean O’Boyle

    Three Pieces – Johann Pezel

    1. Intrade
    2. Sarabande
    3. Bal

    Galliard Battaglia – Samuel Scheidt

    Pavane for a Dead Princess – Maurice Ravel

    Canzona and Fugue – Alan Hovhaness

    Bacchus Polka – Johann Strauss

    Le Petit Negre – Claude Debussy

    Cornet Chop Suey – King Oliver

    Alexanders Ragtime Band – Irving Berlin

    Singing in the Rain – Nacio Herb Brown

    New York, New York – John Kander

  • Sat

    Broadway and Beyond

    2:30pm & 7:30pm

    QPAC Concert Hall

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    What an evocative set of images this iconic title brings to mind … especially when one goes down the star-studded memory lane of Australia’s ‘leading lady’ of light entertainment, the Queensland Pops Orchestra! This delightful and versatile orchestra has been treading the Broadway stage for over quarter of a century, bringing to life the cream of Broadway musical theatre in a visual and musical spectacular – unsurpassed in its quality and variety. From “Fair Lady to Phantom” to “Lanza to Lloyd-Webber”, the Pops has done them all!

    The special guest artist for this series is one of Australia’s brightest shining stars, Teddy Tahu Rhodes. Teddy has rapidly established an international career on both the opera stage and concert platform, having performed with opera companies across the USA, Germany, Austria and the UK. His awards tally is impressive: an ARIA, two Helpmann Awards, a Limelight Award, a Green Room Award and an MO Award (Operatic Performer of the Year). Following his huge success with South Pacific for Opera Australia, Teddy returned in 2014 to play the King in The King and I and the title role in Don Giovanni. Teddy enjoys a wide and varied stage repertoire, having won leading roles in recent OA and international productions including A Streetcar Named Desire, Dead Man Walking, Tosca and Faust.

    After their stunning debut with the Queensland Pops Orchestra in 2016, the super-talented singing troupe from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University Musical Theatre make a much-anticipated return. Graduates of the QCGU Musical Theatre course can be found performing in musical theatre, drama and media throughout the world. Head of Musical Theatre and vocal coach Associate Professor Paul Sabey has directed and vocally arranged over 60 London West End Showcases, countless theatre productions and produced and conducted eight annual Christmas concerts at St Paul’s in London’s Covent Garden. See and hear the incredible professionalism of Queensland’s next generation of musical theatre stars for yourself – these dedicated young artists are sterling contributors to Australia’s musical theatre pedigree, which is assured for many years to come.

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