A season of virtuosity and passion – SXS QPAC Concert Series 2022


Stars of Australian chamber music, the Southern Cross Soloists (SXS) celebrate virtuosity and passion in their 2022 Queensland Performing Arts Center (QPAC) concert series with tickets on sale now. The must-see series, consisting of three exciting and captivating concerts, features international piano superstar Konstantin Shamray as SXS 2022 Artist in Residence.

Showcasing musical masterpieces of great beauty and extravagant drama, each concert will feature leading SXS musicians and guest artists and include world premieres of new Australian works for didgeridoo and music ensemble. of room.

Southern Cross Solists Artistic Director Tania Frazer:

The QPAC 2022 Concert Series program has been carefully designed to showcase the virtuoso soloist abilities of each SXS lead artist.

After many challenges over the past two years, including the inability of soloists and guest artists to perform with us due to travel restrictions, we are delighted to welcome back our wonderful interstate musicians SXS; core virtuoso soloist Ashley Smith (clarinet) and James Wannan (viola) both of whom will star in our debut concert in February

Continuing SXS’s commitment to working with the world’s most remarkable musicians and composers, 2022 will also see extraordinary guest artists join us on the QPAC Concert Hall stage.

We are delighted to welcome our 2022 Guest Artist in Residence, acclaimed and award-winning Russian-Australian concert pianist Konstantin Shamray, who impressed everyone at our last QPAC concert in October 2021 with his incredible artistry.

Each program in the series will feature a piano concerto of bravery, including the most popular twentieth century concertos by Prokofiev and Shostakovich as well as the magnificent Second Piano Concerto by Chopin.

We also welcome Australian cello virtuoso Richard Narroway to our October concert to perform Pezzo Capriccioso, Tchaikovsky’s cello centerpiece.

Passionate exhibitors for commissioning new Australian music and renowned for fostering creative partnerships with leading international soloists and composers, SXS has commissioned over 120 new world premieres to date. 2022 is no different with the announcement of the SXS Didgeridoo Commissioning Project featuring three Australian composers, a highlight of the QPAC 2022 concert series.

Starring SXS didgeridoo soloist Chris Williams, this multi-season project to commission and present new chamber music works for didgeridoo and SXS will create a new canon of works with a quintessential uniquely Australian flavor. This year we are featuring three Australian composers, two from Queensland (Sean O’Boyle AM ​​and Catherine Likhuta) and Australian composer Leah Curtis, born in Los Angeles.

Our 2022 concert series kicks off with an electric program in Fireworks and Fury on Sunday, February 20, including the world premiere of a new work for didgeridoo and chamber ensemble by Sean O’Boyle AM ​​entitled “Beerwah” The Mother of the Glasshouse Mountains.

With a scintillating program of brilliance and color, the concert features SXS 2022 Artist-in-Residence, Konstantin Shamray performing Prokofiev’s Devilishly Challenging Third Piano Concerto, SXS Solo Clarinet, Ashley Smith in Stormy and Dazzling Clarinet Concerto by Carl Maria Von Weber, oboist Tania Frazer performing the dramatically anguished air Mea tormenta, owned by Johann Adolf Hasse and SXS viola soloist James Wannan in Berlioz Harold’s viola masterpiece in Italy which was commissioned by the master virtuoso, Paganini.

On Sunday June 19, we’ll present Moment in Time, which explores some of life’s defining moments, from sentimental and evocative to irony and wit, in a poignant program of nostalgic works. The concert opens with the virtuoso arias di bravura of Vivaldi performed on oboe and Konstantin Shamray performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

The program presents the world premiere of a new work by composer Leah Curtis in the second new work of our 2022 SXS Didgeridoo Commissioning Project. Tchaikovsky’s melancholy and tragic aria from Lensky follows in a new version starring SXS flute soloist Jonathan Henderson. premature death at the gallows.

For our last concert in 2022, on Sunday October 2, we are delighted to present White Nights to you. From the rise of Romanticism during the 19th century Russian Empire to the tortured suffering of the Soviet Union under Stalin, White Nights explores Russian and Soviet music imbued with rich and lush harmonies juxtaposed with human tragedy and hidden sarcasm.

Shostakovich’s gloriously lively Piano Concerto No. 2 opens the program followed by Borodin’s Nocturne from his second string quartet with Alan Smith. We are joined by Australian cello virtuoso Richard Narroway in Tchaikovsky’s super-fast Pezzo Capriccioso and we present the third of our new works for SXS and Didgeridoo by Brisbanese composer Catherine Likhuta. The highlight of the program will be the exotic and magical suite of Stravinsky’s Firebird and we end the concert with a lively traditional Russian gypsy folk song.

Mrs. Frazer:

We hope you will join us for these concerts in the beautiful QPAC Concert Hall this year as we happily share our love of music and performing with a loyal and new audience.

Balancing breathtaking virtuosity with vibrant storytelling and unique and considered artistic programming, SXS is a collective of some of Australia’s greatest instrumental soloists.

Company in residence at QPAC since 2009, SXS will present in 2022 its 13th QPAC concert series and will mark 27 years of excellence in musical creation.

Drawing on strong patronage, SXS will perform its QPAC 2022 concert series in standard mode (as opposed to previous years in intimate inverted mode, with an audience on stage with soloists), as the ensemble’s repertoire continues to grow. gain notoriety and reach new audiences.

Presented by Southern Cross Soloists and QPAC, don’t miss this superb concert series at the QPAC Concert Hall. Tickets are on sale now at qpac.com.au or by phone at 136-246.

The creative problem:

An afternoon of heavenly chamber music full of light and color.

See you more sublime chamber music next year.


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Corina C. Butler