SHOWCASE: The Noosa Orchestra will perform its second concert series for the year on June 18 and 19.
SHOWCASE: The Noosa Orchestra will perform its second concert series for the year on June 18 and 19.

Classical music concert promises to mix it up

CLASSICAL music has a way of transporting its listeners to times and places that are a world away.

The sounds can paint pictures of elegant dresses, top hats and monocles and it can also illustrate storm troopers marching out of the Death Star ready to attack.

The Noosa Orchestra will perform its second concert series in Cooran on June 18 and in Noosa on June 19.

The performance will include the sounds of John Rutter, JS Bach, Copland, Mendelssohn – and sneaky pieces from the Star Wars musical score, of course.

Noosa Orchestra president Silvi Eckley said the orchestra liked to mix up its performances with a modern number.

“We always make sure in the program we put in a contemporary piece, like a movie music piece. This time it’s the Star Wars,” Mrs Eckley said.

“That’s something which the young audience really appreciates. They sit through these amazing concerts and get the full sound of a full orchestra playing Star Wars live, that just inspires them, it’s amazing.

“We make sure we always lighten it up.”

Esteemed solo flautist Lee Norrell will join the orchestra on stage, conducted by Antoni Bonetti, from the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra.

Mrs Eckley said the respected conductor joined the Noosa Orchestra after working with her at Good Shepherd Lutheran College.

“I’m the founding president of the Noosa Orchestra and I’ve been teaching at Good Shepherd for about 12 years.

“We started looking for another strings teacher and we were lucky to get him (Antoni Bonetti). So he comes up every Thursday, and teaches Thursday and Friday at the school, so that’s perfect for us to practise with the orchestra on Thursday nights.

“He loves it, he was happy to be our conductor.”

The orchestra is a not-for-profit organisation so audiences know the musicians perform because they love playing music.

“We charge an entrance fee but that’s purely to cover the cost to pay the conductor and print fliers and we pretty much run even. We have to hire the chapel for our practise times, hall hire. That’s how we keep running.

“We enjoy performing.”

The Noosa String Ensemble and Mini Strings Ensemble will also be making special guest appearances at the concerts.

The concerts will be held on Saturday, June 18, at Cooran hall, Cooran from 2.30pm and Sunday, June 19, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Noosaville, from 2.30pm.

Tickets available at the door or pre-purchased by phoning 0412800755. For more information, visit noosaorchestra.com.au.


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