Classical Music

Queensland Symphony Orchestra: Season Closing Gala
Well it wouldn’t be 2021 without one final kick in the teeth. The QSO was to perform Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songsto close its 2021 season, but conductor Ludovic Morlot and soprano Emma Pearson, both rather integral to the performance, couldn’t enter the state. But QSO has lined up a fine replacement. This one-off gala concert sees Umberto Clerici lead the orchestra in three pieces full of exciting imagery and dramatic moments. The overture to Rossini’s La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)is a perfect, invigorating opening, setting the scene for Debussy’s evocative La mer. And Strauss made it through quarantine after all: a Suite from his opera Der Rosenkavalierends the concert, and the year, on a lush, tuneful note.
4 December, QPAC, qso.com.au

Canberra Symphony Orchestra: Summer Prom [CANCELLED]
The CSO’s Summer Prom is fast becoming an annual favourite on the national...