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Southern Cross Soloists open QPAC season with Fireworks and Fury

Social images from SXS fiery first concert of 2022

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Brisbane’s acclaimed chamber music ensemble, Southern Cross Soloists (SXS) kicked off its 2022 QPAC concert series with virtuosity and passion.

Fireworks and Fury presented a scintillating program of brilliance and colour that opened with the dramatically anguished aria “Mea tormenta, properate” by Johann Adolf Hasse transcribed for oboe. SXS welcomed back SXS viola soloist, James Wannan in Berlioz’s viola masterpiece Harold in Italy that was commissioned by the master virtuoso, Paganini.

The ensemble also welcomed the Principal Cellist of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Békés in Popper's virtuosic Hungarian Rhapsody for cello and the return of SXS 2022 Artist in Residence, Konstantin Shamray performing Prokofiev’s famously difficult Third Piano Concerto after his stunning debut with the soloists last year. 

Southern Cross Soloists on stage in Fireworks and FurySouthern Cross Soloists. Photo by Darren Thomas.

Fireworks and Fury also featured the world premiere of Beerwah The Pregnant Mother of Glass House Mountains as part of the SXS Didgeridoo Commissioning Project featuring SXS didgeridoo soloist and Artist in Residence Chris Williams.

This project will commission a new work for didgeridoo and SXS by three Australian composers, Queensland’s Sean O’Boyle AM and Catherine Likhuta and NSW born/Los Angeles based composer Leah Curtis to be premiered at each QPAC concert this year.  

Chris Williams didgeridoo artist with Southern Cross SoloistsSouthern Cross Soloists. Photo by Darren Thomas.

Through this project, SXS will create a new canon of chamber works for didgeridoo and small ensemble which currently doesn’t exist. 

Over the next ten years, SXS’s aim is to create an entire repertoire with a quintessentially distinctive Australian sound, to represent the nation’s unique diversity, in preparation for Brisbane hosting the 2032 Olympic Games. 

Listen to a Radio National Breakfast interview about the SXS Didgeridoo Commissioning project here 

If you missed Fireworks and Fury make sure the next two concerts in the 2022 concert series at QPAC, A Moment in Time (19 June) and White Nights (2 Oct), are in your diary.

And if you were one of the lucky audience members at Fireworks and Fury, see if you can spot your pic in the social photos below: 


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