Queensland Symphony Orchestra to perform in Bundaberg, and Share the Joy with those in need

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra to perform in Bundaberg,  and Share the Joy with those in need

When the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) Connect Ensemble performs in Bundaberg this week, Associate Principal Trombone Ashley Carter will not only be playing some of the great classical pieces and the Wagenseil trombone concerto, but he will also be performing to his hometown crowd.

The talented Bundaberg-born trombonist will be joined by 12 of his QSO musician colleagues to perform two concerts, including one alongside the Bundaberg Youth Orchestra. The visit also includes a very special We’re Sharing the Joy performance at the Healing Garden at Bundaberg Hospital for patients and staff.

QSO’s We’re Sharing the Joy is a give-back program where members of the Orchestra perform for Queenslanders who need it or deserve it most. Launched in 2020, the program has extended across the state and has brought the power of music to many. A brass trio, including Carter, will perform at the Healing Garden on Friday 4 November from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Bundaberg – Thursday 3 November at 7.30pm

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra Connect Ensemble presents an evening concert packed with classical favourites from Prokofiev, the king of Russian ballet, to Grieg’s tip-toeing masterpiece In the Hall of the Mountain King. The Ensemble will be joined by the Bundaberg Youth Orchestra in the second half of the concert, performing Sibelius’ stirring Finlandia and other works.
*A second concert will also be performed on Friday 4 November at 11am for students.

We’re Sharing the Joy – QSO’s Brass Trio at Bundaberg Hospital – Friday 4 November at 1.30pm

The trio will perform in the Healing Garden for patients and staff. Representatives from Queensland Health, Health and Wellbeing Queensland and Queensland Symphony Orchestra will also be in attendance, including the QSO Chief Executive Yarmila Alfonzetti. Media are invited to attend.

Health and Wellbeing Queensland (HWQld) Chief Executive, Dr Robyn Littlewood said it was exciting to partner with QSO for the We’re Sharing the Joy program, particularly in Bundaberg.  

“Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Health and Wellbeing program aims to boost the physical, mental and emotional health of Queenslanders through the medicine of music,” Dr Littlewood said. “Music has the power to lower high blood pressure, reduce feelings of stress and enhance our emotional state,” she said. “There’s a growing body of research that talks about the importance of music to our health and wellbeing, which we are so proud to support”.

About Bundaberg-born Ashley Carter, Associate Principal Trombone of Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Learning the trombone from his grandfather from the age of 12 and after only playing for three years, Ashley was awarded his Associate Diploma in Music (A.mus.A) at the age of 15 from the Australian Music Examination Board. During his undergraduate studies, Ashley was the winner of the coveted “Beta Sigma Phi” Brass Prize in 2010. Ashley competed three years of further study at the Australian National Academy of Music under Michael Bertoncello. In 2015, Ashley commenced the Master of Music program at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, with trombonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Michael Mulcahy. During his time there, Ashley was the recipient of the William M. Spencer Award for academic excellence and was the winner of the 2017 Bienen School of Music Concerto Competition; the first trombone player to win the competition. Ashley graduated from Northwestern University in June 2017 with the Master of Music and was awarded Program Honours from the faculty at Northwestern. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra and Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

This year Queensland Symphony Orchestra celebrates 75 years with a season of epic symphonies from the classical canon, world premieres by Australian composers and concerts that joyously celebrate modern music-makers, with spine-tingling solos and special moments for music lovers of all ages, across all of Queensland. 

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