2018 Concert Season
After the incredibly successful debut season of Ensemble Q, the 2018 Season brings you a program of delights aimed at enriching, stimulating and exciting audiences.
The 2018 Season includes 5 concerts at the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, which is widely known as the jewel in the crown of acoustically perfect classical music venues in Australia.
Other special events for the Ensemble include a performance at the stunning Adelaide Hills concert venue Ukaria, a performance at the Clarence Valley Chamber Music Festival, and in December Ensemble Q teams up with The Lisa Gasteen National Opera School to present Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss. In August, Ensemble Q will be performing Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time at the George Town Festival in Penang, Malaysia.
Along with our already stellar list of top Australian musicians, we are delighted to be working with some of Australia's greatest violinists in this season, including Dale Barltrop, Andrew Haveron and Kristian Winther, Elizabeth Layton and UK solo violinist Jack Liebeck.
2018 ENSEMBLE Q SERIES
Supported by Queensland Conservatorium,
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Ensemble Q is performing at George Town Festival in Penang, Malaysia!
Ensemble Q is delighted to be presented in 2 performances of Ariadne auf Naxos in collaboration with the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School.
Ensemble Q core members and guest artists, emerging artists and selected advanced Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University students will form the 36 piece ensemble for this exciting project.
Simone Young AM
Lisa Gasteen AO
A Reserve $70 | Concession $60
B Reserve $50 | Concession $40
Ariadne auf Naxos is an opera about opera. Strauss wrote 90 minutes of scrumptiously lush music. The poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal provided a libretto that divides the performance into a Prologue and then an opera about the Greek goddess Ariadne.
The prologue is opera buffo that presents the comic backstage psychological game play of those preparing to entertain a nouveau riche, quixotic Viennese patron. Comedia dell’arte players collide with the opera’s composer and singers arguing against their patron’s command for the players and the opera seria, titled Ariadne auf Naxos, to be superimposed so his fireworks can start punctually at 9pm.
Strauss uses that artifice to contrast the perky, kindly Zerbinetta and her cheerful troop with the grander, melancholic Ariadne whom Theseus has abandoned on the island of Naxos. She will soon be revitalised by Bacchus who discovers his godlike status in the process.
It is an opera to be enjoyed on many levels, especially glorious musical styles and the witty plot. But the opera, which was created in the pre World War I Vienna of Freud and Art Nouveau comments on society, how daily life and artifice mirror each other and how they are put before the audience.