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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | January 18, 2021

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Southern Cross Soloists Launch 2021 Concert Season

Southern Cross Soloists Launch 2021 Concert Season
Claire Matthews

Southern Cross Soloists have officially launched their 2021 concert season, and there’s much to look forward to.

Southern Cross Soloists are a collective of some of Australia’s leading instrumental soloists. Celebrating 26 years in 2021, the ensemble is known for blending virtuosity with vibrant storytelling and excellence in their music making.

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending their 2021 launch at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts, in Fortitude Valley. This was a relaxed, intimate gathering, where audience members had the chance to chat with the artists, have a drink and some food, and listen to some speeches and performances from the upcoming season.

SXS Chair, Di Khursandi, opened the event with a short speech, thanking audiences for sticking with the ensemble during COVID. SXS artistic director, oboist Tania Frazer, then spoke of the year that has been, the challenges and triumphs, and gave us a brief look into what the year ahead holds.

Concert 1 features award-winning guitarist Slava Grigoryan, on Sunday 21 February 2021 at 3pm, at QPAC. The program, titled Souvenirs de Aranjuez, traverses through European musical history, with Spanish and French masterworks from Baroque and beyond. Expect to hear works by Debussy, Ravel, and Rodrigo. The program also includes the world premiere of a new work by Sydney composer Natalie Nicolas.

Concert 2, Dreams and Visions, on Sunday 11 July, 3pm, at QPAC, features SXS artist-in-residence didgeridoo player Chris Williams. The program presents a kaleidoscope of colours and imagery, from Vivaldi, Bruch, Berlioz, Debussy and Ravel. Plus, a new work for didgeridoo and ensemble, by composer Joe Twist. This piece takes inspiration from paintings of Springbrook National Park by Brisbane painter William Robinson.

Concert 3, Heavenly Life, features guest artist, soprano soloist Alexandra Flood, on Sunday 24 October, 3pm, at QPAC. The program will display vocal splendour, with works by Handel, Mozart, Mahler, Weber, and Bellini.

Also in 2021, SXS will hold their Coffee Conversations events at West End’s Avid Reader bookshop. Ahead of their concerts in February, July and October, get to know the artists and guest artists in a relaxed setting.

SXS will also present their annual Bangalow Music Festival from 13-15 August, in Bangalow, New South Wales. Experience exquisite chamber music in the historic Bangalow A&I Hall, and explore the local town and hinterland scenery. Early bird tickets on sale 14 January.


The Details:

What: Southern Cross Soloists’ 2021 Concerts

When: 21 February/ 11 July/ 24 October 2021. All at 3pm.

Where: QPAC Concert Hall

Tickets: 3 Concert package: $195/ $135. 2 Concert package: $136/ $96. Single tickets: $72/ $56/ $30. Book here.


What: Bangalow Chamber Music Festival

When: 13-15 August 2021

Where: A&I Hall, 3 Station St, Banaglow, NSW, 2479.

Tickets: Here.