SYMPHONY ON THE MOUNTAIN 2015
‘THE BRISBANE CITY POPS ORCHESTRA’ AND ‘BENCHMARK’
On Sunday 31st at 2pm the Mt Mee Hall hosts the Brisbane City Pops Orchestra (BCPO), presenting “POSTCARDS”- a programme of popular music selected from around the world.
The players of BCPO, (formerly known as the St Lucia Orchestra), are delighted to again be under the baton of guest and former resident conductor Andrew Robinson. Andrew has ‘done it all’. He has conducted leading orchestras in Australia and the United States. He is an experienced music educator – he has held teaching appointments at universities in Southern California, Auckland and Brisbane. But Andrew also has unrelated professional qualifications and forsook the uncertain life of a muso to practice his profession. He seldom conducts now.
Conductor Andrew and Artistic Director Rosemary Clark have collaborated to put together a great programme of tunes from around the world. As the orchestra trips around, we will hear the ‘Blue Danube’ and ‘Walk in the Black Forest’ from Germany,’ Zorba’ from Greece and ‘Granada’ from Spain. Those are just examples, there will be ‘big band’ music from the USA, medleys from Mexico, Italy, England, Ireland and plenty more!
But the really exciting news is that the guest artists for this concert are the vocal group ‘Benchmark’. This outstanding barber shop quartet has won the Australian Senior Barber Shop Championship each year since 2008. Following remarkable success in international competition, ‘Benchmark’ is currently rated sixth worldwide!
Led by Derek Cosburn, with baritone/tenor Ray Smyth, tenor/baritone Paul Roussell and bass Mark Penman, the group sings four part harmonies without accompiament – that is ‘in capella’, in the traditional barbershop manner . The set out to entertain, and with their lively stage presence they succeed. They love doing ‘toe tappers’ and they love doing heart rending ballads. We will hear two substantial brackets from them, and the range of songs they present will be as disparate as ‘Over the Rainbow’ and ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’. I won’t spoil it by divulging more, but I just can’t wait! It would be worth crawling over broken glass to get to this concert!
The usual Mt Mee Sunday concert arrangements apply. The entry charge of $25.00 ($20.00 for pension card holders and generous family concessions) covers the legendary ‘Mountain Country’ afternoon tea. Visitors can if they wish lunch at ‘birches’ – (the restaurant next door to the Hall – please book) or picnic at the Dahmongah Look-Out (with electric barbecues) or the “Gantry” with its wood fired barbecues in the well signed National Park just up the road
Hall space is limited, so please book early – Kay, 5498 2104 or Denton, 3425 3049.
This is another non-profit community event organized by the Mt Mee Public Hall Inc.
- Date April 23, 2015
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