Queensland Music Festival 2017

Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra

dark, brooding, bright, beguiling :: to the earth // to the sky will set you on two epic
journeys full of contrast

Over two consecutive nights, Argo teams up with Queensland Music Festival and Camerata –
Queensland's Chamber Orchestra, transforming two of Brisbane's unique landmarks and creating a
dramatic double-concert experience.

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$55 Two-Concert Pass
Single Tickets: $30 to the earth // $40 to the sky

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to the earth

music for string quartet + cavernous spaces

Spring Hill Reservoir
8 July 2017 | 7pm

Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra

rich, raw, propulsive, explosive :: to the earth drives you to the edges of your seat in its
descent to the depths

Following from a sold out concert in 2016, Argo returns to one of our favourite venues, underground in
Brisbane's heritage-listed Spring Hill Reservoir. Eerie yet chillingly beautiful, the maze-like chambers set the scene for a night full of intensity and edge, featuring a quartet of players from the Camerata and live
visuals by Bec Todd.

The program includes the Australian premiere of John Luther Adams' sonorous Canticles of to Sky, the
motoric patterns of a newly commissioned string quartet by Chris Perren, Philip Glass' post-minimal
masterpiece fifth string quartet, and the sheer combustible energy of Connor D'Netto's award-winning
second quartet.

$55 Two-Concert Pass
Single Tickets: $30

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Doors 6.30pm • Concert 7pm


John Luther Adams Canticles to the Sky^
Chris Perren a luminous moment, unfolded*
Philip Glass String Quartet No. 5
Connor D'Netto String Quartet No. 2 in E minor
Bec Todd live visuals

^ Australian premiere
* World premiere, commissioned by argo in 2017

to the sky

music for strings, synths + stars

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
9 July 2017 | 6pm + 8pm

Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra

Thomas Green + Connor D'Netto + Joshua Rivory

mesmerising, intoxicating, breathtaking, exhilarating :: to the sky dissolves the world
around you and ascends through the far reaches of the cosmos

In what is sure to be one of the highlights of our 2017 concerts, Argo teams up with the Camerata and the
Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium to present a spectacular journey through our universe and beyond.
Set under the Planetarium's Cosmic Sky Dome, the concert features the string orchestra spread across the space to completely surround the room, and surround sound electronics and synths, with visuals filling the entire space created custom for this event by the Planetarium's curators. This heady mix of cosmic visuals, lush contemporary classical strings, and rich analogue and searing digital synths combines to create a unique concert-length work, newly commissioned by Argo in 2017, written by a collective of young local composers, lead by Connor D'Netto, Thomas Green and Joshua Rivory.

$55 Two-Concert Pass
Single Tickets: $40

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Doors 5.30pm • Concert, two sessions: 6pm + 8pm


New commission* collaboratively written by a collective of young local composers
* World premiere, commissioned by argo in 2017

About argo 2017 Concert Series

About argo

Argo is a contemporary classical music concert series + collective from Brisbane Australia. Founded in 2015 by Connor D’Netto, its artistic director and producer, alongside fellow composer/performer Ben Heim, Argo draws upon a background in classical music and contemporary influences to create new works, performances and experiences which bend the boundaries of genre and art form, and to challenge the norms of musical performance and staging with immersive art music events. Our focus is on creating experiential and concept driven events that fuse classical instruments and ensembles with contemporary influences and new modes of musical expression.

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The VIP treatment:


Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at each concert in Argo’s 2017 Concert Season, where you'll have the chance to rub shoulders with the artists, hear all about what goes into creating these events, and even some extra off-program content, all in a series of intimate pre-concert meet-the-artists events throughout the season!!

$50 for access to all 5 meet-the-artist events

* PLEASE NOTE: the VIP treatment does not include general admission tickets to the concerts. Concert tickets must be purchased separately.

Connor D’Netto: artistic director // producer // co-founder

Connor D'Netto (b. 1994) is a Brisbane based composer of contemporary classical music, described as "the
model contemporary Australian composer" by ABC Classic FM.

Throughout his works, Connor balances the quasi-neoclassical with post-minimal influences, combining them with contemporary performance practices, unique one-off concerts and performances, and the delicate incorporation of electronic music elements and production techniques. His music combines driving post-minimal rhythmic elements with heartfelt lyrical expression drawn from his extensive performance experience as a classically trained bass baritone, contrasted with textural devices that push the expectations of an instrument’s capabilities without confronting the audience. Connor’s music has been commissioned and performed across Australia and abroad, including commissions from ensembles such the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland's Camerata and new music specialists PLEXUS, and performers such as Katie Noonan, Karin Schaupp and Claire Edwards.

In 2017, Connor has been selected as a fellow of Bang On A Can. As part, his music will be featured at Bang On A Can's Summer Music Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (MASS MoCA) in July, and will travel to the USA to take part in a three-week residency with the ensemble.

In 2015, Connor was named winner of Chamber Music Australia’s Australian New Works Award. His winning work, String Quartet No. 2 in E minor, became the set work for the 7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and received premieres by three internationally chosen finalist ensembles at the Melbourne Recital Centre. He was also awarded the Donald Tugby Musicology Prize and Scholarship by the University of Queensland for exceptional contribution to the field of research in music, and the Percy Brier Memorial Composition Prize for his Texture No. 1 for Orchestra.

As a performer, Connor is a trained classical bass baritone, having previously studied with Shaun Brown. Connor is also a talented photographer, videographer and visual-artist, creating and shooting not only material for his music, but also for a number of other local artists and musicians. Currently Connor is working on his PhD through the University of Queensland, having completed a Bachelor of Music(Honours) at the University of Queensland, graduating with First-Class Honours in 2016. In September, Connor moves to London, where (while continuing his PhD) he will study his Masters of Music at the Royal College of Music.

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