Brisbane Powerhouse will explode with this QSOCurrent program of Australian firsts led by Music Director Alondra de la Parra. The evening will showcase the music of Mexican composer Enrico Chapela, two stunning soloists and a kaleidoscopic commission by legendary Australian composer Joe Chindamo.
Chapela’s symphonic poem Inguesu kicks off the concert with a noisy action-packed orchestra recreating a defining moment in modern Mexican culture and ripping open old wounds when the underdogs won a historic soccer match against Brazil. The orchestra is divided into the Mexican and Brazilian teams; keep an ear out for superstar Ronaldinho as first trumpet.
Next up is Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson’s Double Bass Concerto played by Berlin Philharmonic’s Edicson Ruiz, one of the foremost bass players of our time. The exceptionally lyrical piece gives Ruiz a narrative role, allowing his brilliance to radiate.
The world premiere of another Chapela work, Piroklasta, follows and is inspired by the worst volcanic horrors and the beautiful and raw power of nature. He devotes each movement to a different pyroclastic feature – from magma to ash – with music driven by passion and chaos.
To conclude, Chindamo’s FANTASKATTO is a concertante work with jazz, contemporary and operatic flavours, making way for his daughter, award-winning vocalist Olivia Chindamo, to dazzle. Think Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Diana Krall and The Swingle Singers thrown in with Rajaton and topped with a zany contemporary twist, and you won’t be too far off this swingin’ finale.
QSOCurrent Fever Pitch takes place at 7.30pm April 29. Tickets online.