Join the School of Music and Dr Vincent Plush for a free pre-concert talk on Sunday 21 October at 1:00pm. No registrations are required for the talk, and all are welcome, however if you would like to attend the concert (Lenny and Dmitri: Cold War Titans) after the talk, please click here to purchase your tickets. 

The guests at Plato’s Symposium engage in a dialogue ‘in praise of love’.  Love was the principle which guided the private and professional life of Leonard Bernstein and, above all, his love for humanity. In this talk, Dr Vincent Plush discusses the ardent background behind Bernstein’s only violin concerto, his Serenade. 


Dr Vincent Plush has recently completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide, his topic reflecting a special interest over the past decade, “Music in the Life and Work of Patrick White”. He will shortly move from Adelaide, his hometown, to take up a position as Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Prior to that, he worked as Head of Research at the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra and also at Griffith University in Brisbane, where he directed the Encounters series of festivals. From late 1981, he lived and worked in North America where his life intersected with many famous composers, among whom were Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and John Adams. He has also been a radio presenter on ABC Classic FM and is a contributing writer for various arts journals in Australia and elsewhere. His music has been performed around the world; much of it reflects his interests in New World cultures, notably those of Latin America and Asia.

Program and timings 

1:00pm - 1:45pm: Pre-concert talk, presented by Dr Vincent Plush 

Following the free talk, Lenny and Dmitri: Cold War Titans will begin at 2:00pm. If you would like to attend the concert, please click here to purchase tickets. 


The talk will take place in the Concert Hall Balcony Foyer, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), South Bank. Click here for venue and parking information. 



Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Corner Melbourne St and Grey St
Melbourne St, Brisbane City
QLD 4101
Concert Hall Balcony Foyer