MARYBOROUGH will come alive with the sound of music this week (July 4-8), featuring some of the best local, national and international performers.
Musical maestro John Foreman and Darren Percival from “The Voice” are among the performers at these not-to-be-missed musical events, which are part of the celebrations being held under the umbrella of the Mary Poppins Festival and Maryborough Music Conference.
‘Pop-Up Music Gigs’ will be staged on Friday evening, July 5 at cafes, hotels and restaurants around the city, including Muddy Waters Cafe, Allikats on Kent, Federal Hotel, Cafe Cru and the Shamrock Hotel.
On Sunday, July 7, a free Musical Showcase at the Brolga Theatre will feature performances by five outstanding choirs and bands, each with a Mary Poppins musical theme.
The artistic director of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Dr Charlie Beale, will conduct an 80 piece show choir.
The Pickett Symphonic Winds, led by the musical director of the Queensland Pops Orchestra and special guest conductor Tim Lautzenheiser from the US, will play a Mary Poppins selection as well as the music of the Beatles and other favourites.
Melbourne trumpeter Greg Spence, who has appeared on many of Australia’s top rating television shows, such as “Dancing with the Stars” and John Foreman’s new music show “The Big Night In”, will lead a big band performance, including legendary drummer John Morrison.
Another highlight will be North Coast Region Excellence Program’s big band and strings orchestra, featuring the region’s best instrumental music students.
A Gala Concert at the Brolga Theatre on the evening of July 7 will feature several international music identities including Darren Percival, the 2012 runner up of “The Voice”.
The Hultgren Symphonic Winds will be conducted by Australian composer Ralph Hultgren and special guest conductor Dr Peter Boonshaft from the United States. .
British clarinet virtuoso Julian Bliss will perform ‘Solo de Concours” while orchestral director at Hyde Park Middle School Las Vegas Jeremy Woolstenhulme will conduct a 60-piece string orchestra performing his compositions.
For those who love traditional choral music, conductor Harley Mead will lead an 80 piece choral ensemble. Mead has conducted at a number of notable large-scale events such as Queensland Music Festival and Brisbane Riverfest.
The concert will finish on a high note, with a big band performance led by the acclaimed Pete BarenBregge. BarenBregge is the former musical director of the USAF Airmen of Note, recognised as one of finest big bands in the world.
Drummer David Jones, recognised by his peers as the best drummer Australia has ever produced, will also perform. The gala concert is a ticketed event, with tickets available from the Brolga Box Office.
The Maryborough Music Conference, from July 4 to 8, is considered Australia’s premier music educators’ conference.