By CAITLIN CROWLEY
THE Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s (QSO) Connect Ensemble is hitting the road west next month to share valuable concert experiences and music education with Western Downs and Maranoa communities.
The Enrichment Through Music Initiative will be touring Chinchilla, Miles, Roma and Tara from August 1 – 5 and will collaborate with schools in each town to deliver workshops with students and professional development sessions for teachers.
“QSO is powered by music and is passionate about celebrating music,” QSO’s Timothy Matthies said.
“We take our role as the state’s orchestra very seriously, and we look forward each year to working with the teachers, students, and local communities of regional Queensland.”
Matthies confirmed community bands in Chinchilla and Roma will also have the chance to play with QSO musicians, with free concerts for students to be performed in all four towns.
“This year we will perform side-by-side with Maranoa Music, Roma district Combined Schools Strings, Roma district Combined Schools Concert Band, Chinchilla Concert Band, Chinchilla Strings, Chinchilla Christian College Band, Chinchilla Primary School, and Chinchilla State High School,” Matthies said.
“We are delighted to include students from the communities of Mitchell, Injune, Surat, Wallumbilla, and Yuleba.”
The Enrichment Through Music Initiative is supported by Australia Pacific LNG and CEO Khoa Dao said the ongoing relationship with QSO was one that continued to benefit regional communities across Queensland.
“Australia Pacific LNG is delighted to once again partner with Queensland Symphony Orchestra to enable this tour to happen,” Dao said.
“Bringing QSO’s talented musicians to Southern Queensland’s regional areas not only provides great musical entertainment but also provides a unique education in music to local school students. At APLNG we see this event as another opportunity to give back to the communities we work in.”
FREE COMMUNITY CONCERTS:
All information at qso.com.au/CMRT2022
Roma Community in Concert
Date: Tuesday 2 August 2022
Time: 6.30pm to 8pm
Venue: Roma Bungil Cultural Centre: 57 Bungil Street, Cnr Bungil and Quintin St, Roma. Community in Concert event involves Maranoa Music, Roma District Combined Schools Concert Band and Combined Schools Strings and QSO Connect Ensemble. This is a free concert.
Chinchilla Community Concert
Date: Thursday 4 August 2022
Time: 6.30pm to 8pm
Venue: Country Hope Church: 3 Burbank Street, Chinchilla
Community in Concert event involving Chinchilla Concert Band, Chinchilla State High School, Chinchilla Christian College, Chinchilla Primary School, Chinchilla Strings and QSO Connect Ensemble.
Tara Community Concert
Date: Friday 5 August 2022
Time: 10.30am to 11.15am
Venue: Tara Memorial Hall: 19 Fry Street, Tara Q 4421
Musicians from Queensland Symphony Orchestra Connect Ensemble will perform a concert for the Tara community.