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Saturday 22 July, 8:00pm
Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music
Boundary Road, Ooralea

In their 10th year anniversary, the Lyrebird Trio returns to Mackay to present a concert full to the brim with love and heart.

Anne Cawrse’s new "Anniversary Trio" was commissioned by and premiered at the Coriole Festival in 2023 to celebrate a 25th wedding anniversary. Monteverdi’s madrigal “Dolcissimo Uscignolo” depicts the agitated call of a nightingale to its soul mate, and Paul Stanhope uses fragments and memories of this piece to weave into his single-movement work of the same name for Piano Trio.

A favourite of the Lyrebird Trio, Mendelssohn’s dramatic C minor piano trio was the last piece the composer saw published before his death. It’s a work full of breathless passion and beautiful lyricism, coupled with virtuosity and overflowing with emotion.

Be sure to bring along some tissues for this concert! 

STANHOPE, Paul - Dolcissimo Usignolo

CAWRSE, Anne - Anniversary Trio (2023)


        MENDELSSOHN, Felix - Piano Trio, no. 2 in C minor, op. 66

Lyrebird Trio – Glenn Christensen, Simon Cobcroft, Angela Turner


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As part of the Mackay Chamber Music Festival’s commitment to making the arts and music accessible to all, this year’s festival will be streamed online by the Australian Digital Concert Hall. Tickets are available for purchase to each concert individually, as well as a whole weekend package. This enables the ticket purchaser to watch a live stream of the festival’s concerts from anywhere with an internet connection. The concerts will be streamed live, as well as being available for 72 hours after broadcast. If you can’t make it to our live concerts, this is the perfect way to join in the fun of the weekend from the comfort of your own home!