Four talented young Brisbane singers including the first Australian member of the Vienna Boys’ Choir and others who’ve worked with film director Bruce Beresford will be soloists at a concert presented by the Queensland Choir to open this year’s 4MBS Festival of Classics on Friday, May 10.
Soprano Shikara Ringdahl (who lives in Kingston), mezzo-soprano Melissa Gregory, tenor Phillip Costovski (Nundah), and bass Henry Pinder (Yeronga), will perform at the Choir’s MBS (Mozart Beethoven Schubert) concert celebrating the musical glory of imperial Vienna, the 18th century centre of the musical world.
Conducted by the Queensland Choir’s musical director Kevin Power, the concert in St Stephen’s Cathedral, in the city, will feature the powerful combination of the four soloists, the choir and the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s performing Beethoven’s Mass in C major Op. 86, Schubert’s Magnificat in C Major, Mozart’s sparkling Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, and Beethoven’s Rondo in B flat major for piano and orchestra.
Mr Power says Schubert was just 18 when he wrote Magnificat, a hymn of joy and thanksgiving sung by the Virgin Mary, while Beethoven’s Mass in C major – his first liturgical work – was not a success at first. “The choir did not like it and refused to come to rehearsals,” Mr Power says, “although we promise a different experience with the Queensland Choir’s well-rehearsed production and the talents of the orchestra and award-winning soloists who are all recent graduates or students of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.”
“The audience should also enjoy the brilliant and sparkling overture to The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart’s greatest comic opera, and Beethoven’s Rondo in B flat major, which shows Beethoven was a brilliant young pianist as well as a great composer, and is well known as the theme music for Music for Pleasure – a popular classical music program on the ABC for more than 30 years from the 1960s.”
Mr Power, a concert pianist who has performed around the world, will play the solo part in Beethoven’s Rondo, as well as conducting it.
“The concert will showcase Brisbane’s musical talent with joyous, energetic and romantic pieces celebrating the Viennese connections of three great classical composers. Schubert was born in Vienna while Mozart and Beethoven moved there at an early age, Mozart from Salzburg and Beethoven from Bonn.
‘’One of our soloists, Henry Pinder, was the first Australian member of the Vienna Boys’ Choir and has toured extensively with them, while Melissa Gregory has performed Die Fledermaus in Germany as part of the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar’s summer program, and Shikara Ringdahl in 2018 did a five-week residency in Israel with the Israeli Opera’s Meitar Opera Studio. Phillip Costovski is an award-winning final year Queensland Conservatorium student who has sung with Opera Queensland and most recently performed for Dame Emma Kirkby in her masterclass on Baroque and early music singing.
“Henry, Melissa and Shikara have performed in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring directed by award-winning film director Bruce Beresford for the Brisbane Festival.”
The MBS concert presented by the Queensland Choir is the first event in this year’s 4MBS Festival of Classics (May 4-June 23, 2019), now in its 24th year and celebrating the works of great classical composers performed by Brisbane’s finest musicians at venues throughout the city.
THE QUEENSLAND CHOIR presents MBS (Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert), directed by Kevin Power with the Sinfonia of St Andrew’s, Friday, May 10, 7.30pm, Cathedral of St Stephen, Elizabeth St, Brisbane.
Tickets: $55/$50 concession, full-time students $15. To book, ph: 3847 1717 (9am-5pm daily) or see 4mbs.com.au ticketing or https://qldchoir.com/events/4mbs-festival-of-classics-2019/