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Music, theatre and conversation at twilight

12 January 2012
The View from Madeleine’s Couch will open the 2012 Twilight Series

The University of Southern Queensland’s 2012 Twilight Series will bring with it a superb season of beautiful music, captivating theatre and stimulating conversation.

Comprising six superb recitals ranging from Brazilian to Baroque, Jazz to Opera, Swing and Classical, the Series will host both local and visiting performers.

Manager of USQ Artsworx, Rebecca Scollen said, ‘this year’s season brings together several highly regarded visiting ensembles – A View from Madeleine’s Couch, Topology and Angel Strings from Brisbane and the Brass Knuckle Brass Band from Canberra, and two exciting new local ensembles – Trio Brioso and the Duelling Divas.

Brisbane-based quintet, A View from Madeleine's Couch will open the Series on 8 February with their sultry Brazilian sounds.

Influenced by the rich musical traditions of Brazil, the ensemble is famous for its contemporary world sound which transports the listener to a sublime hideaway of palm trees and sea breezes.

March will see the debut of an exciting new Baroque trio; Trio Brioso which brings together outstanding Toowoomba musicians Nicola Hayden (flute), Mathew Henry (cello) and Phillip Gearing (harpsichord).

Dynamic saxophone/violin/viola/double bass/piano quintet, Topology will feature in April.

Topology is recognised as one of Australia’s leading new music groups whose energetic, full-bodied sound invigorates and rewards audiences with exceptional experiences.

The Duelling Divas - contemporary vocalist, Melissa Forbes and classically trained soprano, Melinda van der Muelen together with accompanist, Alison Riethmuller - will present a highly entertaining look at song from both ends of the musical spectrum at the Twilight Song Recital in May.

Canberra’s Brass Knuckle Band will warm-up the wintery month of July with a program of original jazz, Latin, swing and funk-style music; while Brisbane quartet, Angel Strings will herald in Spring with a delightful program for violin, viola and cello.

‘To the musical mix we’ve added a theatrical component featuring the School of Creative Arts’ final year Actors in a celebration of love and other frustrations.

Directed by Scott Alderdice, the Twilight Theatre Show will include scenes, songs and prose all revolving around the central theme of love.

‘Rounding off the Series will be a thought-provoking discussion of ideas which will have you thinking twice about a number of everyday issues and the origins of our language.

‘Think Twice at Twilight is based on the popular local ABC radio segment hosted by Belinda Sanders and including panellists, Andrew Mason and Laurie Johnson.’

Continuing in a well-established, popular format, each of the eight offerings in the 2012 Twilight Series will feature an hour-long program commencing at 6pm in the USQ Arts Theatre, followed by a post-show reception with the performers and guest speakers.

‘We have packaged these into an attractive subscription series, offering our patrons savings of up to 40% on their ticket prices.’

For further details about the 2012 season, visit www.usq.edu.au/artsworx or contact the USQ Artsworx Box Office on 07 4631 1111.

Contact Details:
Michelle Fox, USQ Artsworx, +61 7 46 31 1114

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