This year the Queensland Pops Orchestra commemorates its 30th Anniversary and to celebrate it has prepared a year filled with Pops favourites.
On 17 May the Pops, lead by conductor Patrick Pickett, will present the 30th Anniversary concert featuring internationally renowned singer Mirusia Louwerse and the Pops pinup boy Gregory Moore.
Queenslander Mirusia has risen to international stardom through her performances with Andre Rieu. Referred to by him as “The Angel of Australia” Mirusia continues to enjoy amazing success with Andre’s concert tours around the world. Mirusia is also enjoying great success with her own concert tours across Europe and Australia.
Like Mirusia, Gregory Moore had some of his earliest stage performances with the Queensland Pops Orchestra. He became the face of the Pops “Scotland the Brave” series and has remained one of the Pops more requested artists. Gregory will be back to sing those songs that have made him a favourite over the years.
This concert will feature some of the most popular pieces ever played by the Pops. The Friends of the Pops have been asked to vote for their most loved pieces of music and Patrick will have the unenviable tasks of refining the program down to the most requested.
Also joining the Pops orchestra is a rising young pianist Chai Jie. The 16 year old currently attending school at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School will make her concert debut with the full orchestra on this concert playing Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
This program will also feature some of the many hundreds of musicians who have played with the Pops over the last 30 years. This will include a violin solo by the long serving Concertmaster Julie-Anne O’Reilly.
The finale of this concert is sure to be one of the most spectacular ever. The celebrations will be triumphant and not only designed to celebrate the last 30 years but a real launching pad for the next phase of the orchestras history.
There are two performance only of this concert on 17 May 2014 – Matinee at 2.30pm and an evening performance at 8.00pm. Tickets are on sale now through QPAC 136246 or www.qpac.com.au