Think big names, world premiers, regional events and pop-up pianos — this year’s Queensland Music Festival is set to be a show-stopper.
From July 17 until 2 August, the Queensland Music Festival invites everyone to come and play… literally! Among many firsts for the festival, this year QMF is also introducing Keys to the City, an event which will see pods of pianos pop-up at locations throughout Brisbane. Everyone is invited to play, with Brisbane residents able to book their 15 minutes of fame online or even walk up to a vacant piano and play. Special guest performers are also ready to surprise audiences across the city.
But the music doesn’t stop there. QMF will create an eclectic mix of musical encouters from classical to gypsy, Indian Kirana gharana and opera over the 26 cities and towns.
In total there will be eleven world premieres, hundreds of workshops and performances and international stars. Grammy Award-winning double bassist, Edgar Meyer and Romanian jazz pianist Marian Petrescu will feature in the biennial festival whilst thousands of Queenslanders take part in regional events.
James Morrison, QMF Artistic Director and trumpet maestro, was excited to reveal this year’s program.
“Music has the power to move people and transform lives, and QMF is passionate about bringing sublime sounds to people wherever they are in the state,” he said.
“We will fly artists to the furthest flung regions of Cape York, see one of the world’s most remote symphony orchestras perform in Mount Isa, and bring together hundreds of Logan locals in a musical celebration of their multicultural city.”
“The geographic scale and musical legacies created by QMF’s monumental regional projects make the festival unique in Australia, and possibly the world.”
Along with Keys to the City, the festival is also hosting numerous events including Under the Sky, a world premiere production at the banks above Logan Brothers Rugby League field where the performance space will merge with the landscape under the night sky. The show written by and for the community will reveal Logan’s stories driven by the energy and pride of the community.
Mt Isa Celebrates also tops the list of things to do during the QMF with a star-studded line-up of artists which will showcase a vast array of instrumental and vocal talent who were born and breed in the city. The celebration will debut the performance of the creation of one of the world’s most remote symphony orchestras. Headlining the performances will be James Morrison and Emma Pask among many others.
Jimbour will not miss out either, with the Jimbour Station Amphitheatre hosting an opera. Here good food and wine and amazing music will surround the Darling Downs. QMF will be joined with some of Opera Queensland’s soloists to create an opera experience like no other.
In another amazing musical collaboration, James Morrison will join with ARIA Award-winning songstress, Megan Washington and jazz pianist Marian Petrescu. The trio will bring their expertise and technique as their talents culminate to create a classic jazz performance.
These are just a few of the enchanting musical experiences on offer during the QMF.
The festival runs between July 17 and August 2 with numerous events taking place across the state. Visit the QMF website for the full program.