Innovation and creation are the common threads drawing together the many elements of the USQ Artsworx
’ 2013 season.
The year-long program of performing, visual and creative arts will not only showcase the University’s Creative Arts students, but also host an outstanding line-up of visiting professional artists.
Artsworx Manager, Dr Rebecca Scollen believes the key to a successful season is coming up with a good creative mix.
“Our challenge is to put together a well-rounded season which appeals to a broad cross-section of the community,” said Dr Scollen.
“Whilst we continue to offer our tried and true favourites, we are constantly adding new dimensions which not only showcase the amazing talent-base within our local community but also attract a host of visiting international and national professional artists to Toowoomba.”
Audiences will be pleased to hear that annual favourites including the McGregor Schools, Shakespeare in the Park Festival, Twilight Series, Children’s Theatre Week, and the Arts Gallery Exhibition Series will return in 2013.
The season will open in January with the 45th annual MCGREGOR SUMMER SCHOOL when arts enthusiasts from around the nation will visit Toowoomba to participate in the ten-day arts retreat.
“The Summer School continues to offer an outstanding selection of workshops which next year includes several exciting new offerings such as classes in the Ukulele, Manga Comic Booking and Recycling & Refashioning.”
The TWILIGHT SERIES is also back with more beautiful music and stimulating conversation and a very attractive subscription package with savings of up to 40% on tickets.
The series will offer six recitals featuring Brisbane-based jazz ensemble Laique; popular local soprano/clarinet/piano trio with Melinda van der Meulen, Martin Crook and Phillip Gearing; internationally acclaimed guitar duo, Mark Sholtez and Bruce Woodward; visiting American pianist, Jovanni-Rey de Pedro; Brisbane’s Tulipwood String Quartet; and Bernadette Meenach (nee Pryde) as the wonderful Ms Judy Garland.
“Our Twilight Series also sees the welcome return of Toowoomba’s very own archaeologists Bryce Barker and Lara Lamb who will be discussing their recent digs and discoveries.”
One of the big announcements for 2013 is the introduction of a new offering in the McGregor Schools’ suite of workshops; the MCGREGOR SPRING SCHOOL in September.
“The McGregor Spring School will coincide with the Carnival of Flowers and will offer a four-day weekend of workshops in painting, leather flower making and cake decorating. “
The SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK FESTIVAL will celebrate a decade of theatre under the stars in October.
“In our tenth year, we are planning to further expand our program of events – taking advantage of a multitude of outdoor and indoor venues in and around the University campus.”
The Festival program will include a main-stage season of The Winter’s Tale; the popular school and community extravaganza, To Glee or Not to Glee; an afternoon double-bill of Shakespearean films; an exhibition; and a Twilight Shakespeare Talk.
CHILDREN’S THEATRE WEEK will premiere an all-new play by Nelle Lee, Skeeter’s School for Successful Superheroes in May.
“In May, we will be welcoming the youngest of our patrons for an exciting season of theatre especially for eight to twelve year olds.
“For many youngsters, Children’s Theatre Week will be their first live theatrical experience and Skeeter’s is sure to impress!”
The 2013 season will also feature a full EXHIBITION SERIES; a concert of vibrant modern-day music - all live, acoustic and unedited at YOUR SONG, MY WAY in May; the MCGREGOR WINTER SCHOOL in July; and the prestigious JOYCE CAMPBELL LLOYD SCHOLARSHIP CONCERT in November.
“And don’t forget to book a table for our annual Race Day fundraiser on 9 March – a guaranteed great day out – with a difference.
“This is our one and only fundraiser for the year and it helps raise vital funds to subsidise our season.”
Tickets for the 2013 performances will be on-sale through the USQ Artsworx Box Office from 7 January - 07 4631 1111 or on-line at www.usq.edu.au/artsworx
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