Tuesday 11 July, 2017: After a stunning opening weekend, a further 30 performances are set to take place across the state during Queensland Music Festival’s (QMF) second week.

Opening her first festival for QMF on Friday 7 July, Artistic Director Katie Noonan said the first weekend of the festival had given just a glimpse of the huge range of performances and events on offer across the sunshine state until 30 July 2017.

“Brisbane and regional and remote Queensland audiences are in for a contemporary and classical musical fiesta during week two,” said Ms Noonan.

Audiences in Brisbane will be delighted by the world premiere of Sanctuary on Thursday 13 July at QPAC, a timely, beautifully curated program that explores the themes of sanctuary and refuge. Presented in partnership with renowned chamber orchestra Camerata, Sanctuary will feature a new commission by revered composer Joe Chindamo, featuring internationally acclaimed oboist Diana Doherty and renowned cor anglais player Alexandre Oguey, as well as showcasing a new arrangement of Elvis Costello’s Favourite Hour by Paul Cassidy performed by Camerata and special guest Katie Noonan.

16 Lovers Lane will kick off the weekend in Brisbane on Friday 14 July at the Concert Hall in QPAC. This very special concert pays homage to one of Australia’s greatest bands and albums, featuring The Go-Betweens’ Lindy Morrison, Amanda Brown and John Willsteed, with Dan Kelly, Danny Widdicombe, Luke Daniel Peacock, and a guest line-up including Steve Kilbey (The Church), Mark Callaghan (GANGgajang), Ron S Peno (Died Pretty), Katie and Tyrone Noonan (george), Montaigne, Sam Cromack and Jen Boyce (Ball Park Music), Tim Nelson and Zoe Davis (Cub Sport), Sahara Beck, and Kirin J Callinan.

Songs That Made Me at The Tivoli on Sunday 16 July will feature a stellar all female lineup of artists including Deborah Conway, Clare Bowditch and Hannah Macklin. This concert will be the finale of Katie Noonan’s inspiring mentorship program that has supported emerging female singer-songwriters from Mount Isa, Mackay and Gladstone with a series of masterclasses and local concerts performing alongside Conway, Bowdich and Macklin.

Also on Sunday evening is Twilight in the Red Box, the second of three intimate instrumental and vocal performances by students of the UQ School of Music at the State Library of Queensland.

Hot off the heels of Indigenous rocker Dan Sultan’s final tour of Far North Queensland in Palm Island on Monday 10 July, QMF will continue to bring beautiful music to some of the most isolated corners of the state with Bach to Bush. From Thursday 13 until Sunday 23 July percussionist John Morrison will hop into the pilot’s seat to fly virtuoso cellist Louise King to nine Western Queensland towns for joint performances, workshops and masterclasses.

Bringing music to remote corners continues with QMF’s On Song program, which will see six young budding musicians from Longreach, Townsville, Cairns and Charters Towers perform alongside award-winning singer-songwriter Jack Carty in local school concerts throughout the week.

In Far North Queensland, students from the remote Indigenous communities of Aurukun, Coen and Hope Vale will come together as part of QMF’s annual Cape York Instrumental Program (CYIP) for a week-long band camp from 12 – 16 July, before performing at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) on Sunday 16 July.

Back in Brisbane on Sunday 16 July, internationally celebrated composer Elena Kats-Chernin will perform 10 improvised musical sketches created in response to the artworks of two iconic Australian painters, Margaret Olley and William Robinson, in The Sound of Art, featuring Katie Noonan and the Orava Quartet, at Old Government House.

From Friday 14 July to Sunday 23 July, Brisbane’s stunning new Art Series hotel The Johnson will become a hotspot for Immersion, which will feature a different artist each night performing acoustic sets of unique and original tunes. Providing an up close and personal experience with some of Australia’s finest musicians including Montaigne, Robbie Miller, and Deborah Conway with Willy Zygier – these intimate concerts are limited to just 20 audience members per event.

After a sold out opening night, Joh for PM, the satirical musical romp created by playwright Stephen Carleton and composer Paul Hodge, starring Colin Lane (Lano and Woodley), will continue to ravish audiences at Brisbane Powerhouse all week until Sunday 16 July.

The Jazz Music Institute’s JMI Up Late Series continues with the Music of Duke Ellington featuring the E.M.O. (Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra) sending the hard swinging brilliance of the Duke around Fortitude Valley. Concerts are taking place every Friday in July to span a selection of jazz styles over 100 years.

QMF also play host to AURALITY, an augmented reality audio project, After Julia, seven new works created by female composers inspired by Julia Gillard’s leadership and the inherent gender inequality it exposed, and the Australian premiere of Samuel Beckett’s radio play Words and Music.

Katie Noonan said this year’s festival spanned many musical genres, with shows for the young and old and everyone in between, to stir the emotions.

“You will laugh, cry, be wowed, informed and educated. You will be inspired, your eyes will be opened and your heart will be filled. You will have the opportunity to unite with your community and use your voice to make a difference,” Ms Noonan said.

“This is a festival for all Queenslanders, so I urge you to hear and be heard.”

For more information and to book visit qmf.org.au

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