The University of Queensland student Symphony Orchestra is joining forces with writer, broadcaster and researcher Roland Sussex to present a musical classic in Brisbane on 26 May.
Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex will narrate during the student orchestra’s performance of the Carnival of the Animals.
School of Music Manager Mr David Mayocchi said the musical suite and narration were rarely performed together.
“The combination will ensure an energetic and highly entertaining concert,” he said.
“We’re delighted Emeritus Professor Sussex from the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies has agreed to give the narration which accompanies this humorous and well-loved classic.
“One of the advantages of being part of The University of Queensland community is that we can co-operate with the extensive talent available in other schools to create unique and vibrant performances such as this.
“As a skilled narrator, Professor Sussex’s contribution will not only complement the talents of our acclaimed pianists Liam Viney and Anna Grinberg, but will also greatly enhance the performance of our student musicians in the UQ Symphony Orchestra,” Mr Mayocchi said.
Carnival of the Animals, written by French composer Saint-Saëns in 1886, is a 14-movement musical ‘zoo’ featuring lions, elephants, kangaroos and tortoises, and is suitable for all ages and musical tastes.
A set of humorous verses to accompany the suites was written by American poet Ogden Nash in 1949.
Rachmaninoff’s dramatic Symphony No. 2 in E minor will also be performed during the concert.
Event details: What: Live concert: ‘Carnival of the Animals’, performed by the UQ student Symphony Orchestra and narrated by Emeritus Professor Roland Sussex
When: Sunday 26 May, 2pm - 4pm
Where: Concert Hall, QPAC
Tickets: $25 / $18 concession (booking fees apply), available from the QPAC website
Media Contact: David Mayocchi, School of Music, email@example.com, +61 7 3365 4121 or Lynda Flower, School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies, firstname.lastname@example.org, +61 7 3365 6247.