Queensland Symphony Orchestra - Shakespearean Classics

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William Shakespeare is regarded as the greatest playwright of all time because his stories speak so much to universal human emotion and experiences.

In his comedies, tragedies and histories, he speaks to his audiences about love, revenge, bravery, cowardice, life and death. Is it any wonder then that many famous composers have been inspired by Shakespeare’s work to create music that is equally as dramatic? In this concert, hear a selection of the most powerful and enjoyable works inspired by Shakespeare’s plays from Mendelssohn’s iconic music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream through to Prokofiev’s extraordinary ballet music for Romeo and Juliet.


Conductor: Max McBride
Soprano: Rebecca Cassidy 
Host: Guy Noble 


Program Includes

BEETHOVEN – Overture to Coriolan
MENDELSSOHN – Music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
PROKOFIEV – Music from Romeo and Juliet
TCHAIKOVSKY – Hamlet; Fantasy Overture after Shakespeare
SCHUBERT – Who is Sylvia? (Was ist Sylvia?), D.891
VERDI – Piangea cantando (Willow Song) from Othello



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Host: Guy Noble 

Guy Noble has conducted the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Western Australian, Tasmanian, Queensland and Canberra symphony orchestras, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Hong Kong Symphony and Malaysian Philharmonic orchestras. Guy has worked with a wide variety of international performers including Harry Connick Jr, Ben Folds, The Beach Boys, The Pointer Sisters, Dianne Reeves, Glenn Frey, Randy Newman, Clive James, Conchita, The Two Cellos, Alfie Boe and Olivia Newton John. Some career highlights include doing a raffle with Princess Margaret in London, sharing a chat in a lift with John Gielgud at BBC Broadcasting House, cooking pasta live on stage with Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and singing backing vocals with Kate Ceberano. Guy is pleased after a covid-inspired hiatus to return in 2021 for music and laughter with the QSO.

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Conductor: Max McBride 

Max McBride is one of the most widely respected musicians active in Australia today, having found success on the concert stage, in the theatre and as an educator. He was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Double Bass and Conducting at the Canberra School of Music from 1992 – 2008.

Max has always loved working with young musicians. Recently, he has been at the centre of re-developing orchestral music at the ANU School of Music, conducting the Side-by-Side Orchestra in a collaboration with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. In October 2020 he conducted the highly successful premiere of the ANU Orchestra to a capacity audience at Llewellyn Hall and critical acclaim. The program featured Shostakovich’s 2nd Piano Concerto and Dvorak’s 8th Symphony.

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Soprano: Rebecca Cassidy 

Rebecca’s awards and scholarships include QCGU’s Wagner Prize, Trinity College London Exhibition Award and the Alton Budd Memorial Scholarship.

In 2019, Rebecca featured in Opera Queensland’s regional tour of Songs to Die For as well as our partner event Carols in the Common. Most recently for Opera Queensland, she performed with Rosario La Spina and Alex Raineri in QPAC’s True North and in the Concert Hall for ENCORE — Opera Queensland Returns to the Stage. Her performances include the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss Jnr. 

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Thu, 06 May 2021 07:30 PM 06 May 07:30PM Ended
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Adults $55.00    

Concession $49.00          

Student/Child $32.00     

Groups 6+ $45.00

Empire Cardholder $47.00

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