Gympie classical concert

WITH Gympie's Heart of Gold International Film Festival taking a year off from their operations, Simply Classical is stepping into the breach - at least in regards to the music side of films.

The February Simply Classical concert will feature music of some of those films that became memorable classics, together with the music that was composed for them.

Often this film music took on a life of its own, and is now repertoire performed by orchestras, ensembles, instrumentalists and vocalists, on the concert stage or more modest venues the world over. Just think of Moon River, which is a much-loved song even by people too young to have ever heard of Breakfast at Tiffany's or Audrey Hepburn.

To ask the Cooloola Community Orchestra to perform again was the logical thing to do. A big part of film music was originally written for orchestra and the CCO has several pieces in its repertoire, such as Lord of the Rings and music for the Harry Potter films, which they will perform for Simply Classical.

Kerri Eaton will put her magnificent voice to good use with some exciting songs and Sue Flower will be part of the concert again, playing themes from Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

Pam Graham has been able to get hold of the theme music of Pride and Prejudice and will play it on the piano, as intended.

The recorder group has got together again and it will be interesting to hear how their choice of music translates to their instruments.

Violinist Alex Pattri will play a couple of solos, as well, which will add a romantic note.

This is an unusual and interesting take on Simply "Classical. Great composers didn't die out with Mozart, Tchaikovsky or Mahler, they are alive and composing today. If their motivation for composing is mainly a commercial one, it wasn't all that different at Mozart's time.

The concert will be held at 2pm, Sunday at St Patrick's Catholic Church, Gympie.

Admission is $10 and $5. Afternoon tea on conclusion.

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