This year, the concert reception will be the official opening night of Brisbane German Week 2021. At an evening not to be missed, you will enjoy the timeless and unique combination of German art and engineering. Embedded in the stunning setting of the Mercedes-Benz Brisbane showroom in Newstead, a unique concert experience will be provided in which musicians of the Queensland Youth Orchestras will partner with Alexandra Flood and Timothy Newton from Opera Queenslandand the emerging talents of the German Youth Choir.
The Queensland Youth Orchestras (QYO) String Quartet consists of advanced musicians from QYO’s leading orchestra, the Queensland Youth Symphony. QYO is Queensland’s premier youth orchestra training program. Established in 1966 by John Curro AM MBE (1932-2019) QYO has 500 musicians aged from 8 to 24 in 7 orchestras and ensembles, including 3 symphony orchestras, 2 wind orchestras, a string orchestra and big band. Each group has its own program of activities including rehearsals, tutorials, concerts, camps and tours. Simon Hewett is a QYO alumnus and commenced as QYO Director of Music and conductor of QYS in 2020. Simon and QYS have a long and close association with Germany. Between 2005 and 2019, Simon conducted over 500 performances of opera and ballet in Hamburg, and has conducted the Hamburg Ballet at the Salzburg Festival, Spoleto Festival, in the USA, Japan, Hong Kong, Moscow and Australia. The 100-member Queensland Youth Symphony is renowned as a world class youth orchestra. It tours internationally every four years and its last five tours have included Germany, with concerts in Bonn, Hanover, Bamberg, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Ulm, Worms, Würzburg, Freiburg and Ehingen.
Alexandra Flood completed a Master Musiktheater/ Operngesang at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and the Theaterakademie August Everding in 2017. She made her professional debut at Salzburg Festival and has since graced opera and concert stages in leading roles the world over. Alexandra has appeared as a soloist at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz; Vorarlberger Landestheater Bregenz, the Richard Strauss Festival, among others.
Queensland-born bass-baritone Timothy Newton held positions with the Melba Opera Trust and Lisa Gasteen National Opera School before relocating to Germany for the 2019-2020 season to sing at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. An experienced choral singer and oratorio soloist who has also performed operatic roles with NZ Opera, Victorian Opera and Opera Australia, he joined Opera Queensland’s Young Artist Program in 2021, and most recently made his main stage debut in the title role of The Marriage of Figaro at QPAC.
After the concert, DJ JL Fox will provide the background entertainment with a different type of European style beats. JL is a lead singer, songwriter, DJ, MC and producer. She has a Bachelor of Entertainment and juggles multiple tasks with a smile. JL wowed the audience at the after party of the 2021 German Film Festival in June and you will be able to network and mingle over lounge music, drinks and German-inspired finger food.
With an expected audience of more than 300 guests, there will be no shortage of chances to catch-up with old friends and to create new relationships.