2020 Concert Program Launched

13 March 2020

In 2020 the UQ School of Music will present five concert series that feature classical, contemporary and interdisciplinary concerts from globally recognised Australian artists, our Ensembles-in-Residence, and elite student ensembles. 

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A message from the Director of Performance

Associate Professor Adam Chalabi - Director of Performance

Welcome back to another year of highquality music-making at UQ, showcasing our own staff and students as well as nationally renowned visiting artists and local talent.

Our Thursday lunchtime series in the Nickson Room begins in week 3 of each semester and features (among others) our internationally acclaimed Ensembles-in-Residence the Viney-Ginberg Piano Duo and Tinalley String Quartet, singers Shaun Brown and Sarah Crane, Melbourne-based clarinettist David Griffiths, pianist Alex Raineri as well as numerous performances by our students as part of Pulse Chamber Orchestra, UQ Singers and the prize winners of our various competitions.

Our series in the UQ Art Museum on Wednesday evenings will feature innovative and progressive musical thinking with appearances by Kieran Welch (of Dots and Loops fame), composer and music technologist Chris Perren, Composer-in-Residence/improviser Robert Davidson alongside singer/composer Eve Klein as well as our own multi-talented composition students.

Sunday morning concerts in Semester 1 held at the magnificent surrounds of Customs House will focus on School of Music students as our Higher Degree Research students take centre stage. In a first for the school, our undergraduate student prize-winners will also be presented outside of the Thursday lunchtime Nickson Room series.

David Griffiths: Guest Artist in the 2020 Concert Program

Watch out also for the treble-heavy Tuesday morning series at St John’s Cathedral which showcases both our flute and violin cohorts. As always, not to be missed are our feature presentations at QPAC featuring the combined forces of UQ Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.

Whilst details of the September 20 concert are to be confirmed, the May 17 QPAC concert will see Anna Grinberg tackling Shostakovich’s exuberantly virtuosic 1st Piano Concerto (also featuring internationally acclaimed trumpeter Tristram Williams) and a collaboration with the Queensland Wind Orchestra and massed school choirs for a performance of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. Beethoven’s anniversary year is celebrated with a performance of his 7th Symphony which sees the culmination of a newly established partnership with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

I look forward to seeing you and meeting you at the many performances to come over the course of 2020. The ongoing success of our school depends on support from our community. In addition to frequenting our series, please consider a donation to the School of Music Scholarship Fund which enables and encourages students to study music at UQ. Details of how to donate can be found on the back page of this program. A financial gift today is a direct investment in the future of Australian music-making.

I wish you all a happy and healthy 2020 full of inspiring musical experiences!

Associate Professor Adam Chalabi 
Director of Performance
Violin Performance Fellow
UQ School of Music