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7pm Friday, 25 October 2013
QSO Studio, South Bank

Conductor Benjamin Northey
Soprano Katie Noonan

Pärt Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Britten Les Illuminations
Isaacs Symphony No.1: World Premiere Commissioned by Kim Williams AM

Isaacs’ First Symphony, Katie Noonan and beautiful song

Benjamin Britten loved to compose vocal music and the song-cycle Les Illuminations reflects the composer’s flair for word-setting. Fascinated by Rimbaud’s poems these beautifully imaginatively scored songs are ideal to illustrate the purity and beauty of Katie Noonan’s expressive voice and her legendary versatility in crossing musical genres. Pärt composed the atmospheric Cantus as a tribute to Britten and this ephemeral, otherworldly music is frequently featured in documentaries and films. Mark Isaacs is a prolific composer with a glowing track record and ten major orchestral works to his credit. This event premieres his very first Symphony.

“Noonan’s soaring, beautifully phrased high notes, ultra-musical communication of meaning… were stunning.”
- The Age

“Isaacs’ compositions flood the senses”
- Limelight Magazine


Proudly Presented by Queensland Symphony Orchestra in association with Philip Bacon Galleries


Philip Bacon Galleries


QSO advises that unfortunately tenor Kang Wang is no longer able to appear at this concert.