The University of Queensland’s Symphony Orchestra and Chorale will take to the stage at Brisbane’s QPAC on Sunday for a concert commemorating 400 years since Shakespeare’s death and the Bard’s influence in the classical music sphere.
UQ’s Choral Conducting Fellow Graeme Morton will direct A Shakespearean Feast, featuring Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Shostakovich’s Hamlet Suite and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast.
It will showcase a world première composition by UQ Bachelor of Music (Honours) student John Rotar, calledThe Transformation of Bottom.
“The Transformation of Bottom is not intended to be a direct narrative representation of a defined set of exploits, but rather an overture-style piece exploring the rollicking ‘sword fight and botty jokes’ side of William Shakespeare through the prism of the cheeky character Nick Bottom and the world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Mr Rotar said.
Dr Potter said the concert was a unique chance to experience UQ’s Orchestra and Chorale as they've never sounded before.
“The School of Music performs two concerts in QPAC’s Concert Hall each year and it is a wonderful opportunity for students to perform alongside our staff and have the experience of playing in a major venue,” he said.
“It also introduces them to a range of composers and some rarely performed works.”
Shakespearean Feast is on Sunday 29 May from 2-4pm in the Concert Hall, QPAC. Tickets are available from QPAC.
Media: Dr Warwick Potter, email@example.com, 0419 443 275; School of Music, Concerts and Community Engagement Officer Thorin Kerr, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0424 246 172.