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Sunday 23 July, 3:00pm
Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music
Boundary Road, Ooralea

In the final concert of the 2023 festival, you will hear some extraordinary works spanning over 200 years.

Martinů seemed to be a composer who wrote with pure joy, whose music seemed to flow easily from the pen, and his nonet is brimming with texture, colour and life. While it has the intimacy of a chamber work, it also flirts with the robust sounds of a full orchestra.

Finnish composer, violinist and conductor Jaakko Kuusisto unfortunately passed away far too young in 2022, but left behind an amazing legacy. His piece, Mimiö for Double Bass and Violin pulsates with rhythmic energy and dialogue between the two instruments, and evokes images of the sparseness of the Finnish countryside.

Rounding off the festival is an absolute party of a piece - Beethoven’s septet is one of his most loved works, though the fact the piece gained such popularity over some of the composer’s other works annoyed him to no end - “That damned thing!” the composer wrote with some vehemence, “I wish it were burned!”. We’re certainly glad it wasn’t!

Please come and celebrate the end of the fifth Mackay Chamber Music Festival with a real party of a concert – it will sure to lift your mood!

MARTINŮ, Bohuslav (1890-1959) – Nonet No. 2, H. 374
 (Doretta Balkizas, Meagan Turner, Simon Cobcroft, Jaan Pallandi, Eliza Shephard, Rachel Bullen, Philip Arkinstall, Rachel Shaw, Matthew Kneale)
KUUSISTO, Jaakko (1974-2022) – Miniö, op. 23 (Doretta Balkizas, Jaan Pallandi)

BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van (1770-1827) – Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20 (Glenn Christensen, Meagan Turner, Simon Cobcroft, Jaan Pallandi, Philip Arkinstall, Matthew Kneale, Rachel Shaw)

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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!