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Southern Cross Soloists 2018 CONCERT SEASON

Southern Cross Soloists have spent years reimagining the live classical music experience. Turning QPAC’s Concert Hall stage around to create an authentic salon experience in intimate mode, this seamless lineup of leading Australian Soloists is all yours to behold.


Stunning virtuosity, captivating energy, and the connection of a concert you could reach out and touch.

The 2018 season continues to challenge preconceptions of chamber music, masterfully blurring lines between genres, and bringing fresh new energy and meaning to the great composers – both those who have wowed the world before us, and those shining bright among us today. Hailing from across Australia and joined by an international guest artist from the glitter of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, each Soloist embodies the virtuosic and emotional range of their craft. Together as one in concert, they conjure gripping experiences before your eyes, and leave truly beautiful moments dancing in your ears. So join us where brilliance meets warmth, and where creative energy meets the pure joy of live music making, reinvented by Southern Cross Soloists in their thrilling and intimate 2018 QPAC concert series.

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Southern Cross Soloists and QPAC present


Reimaginations VIVALDI Concerto in F major, RV 455 STRAVINSKY Pulcinella Suite DAY Resound: Above and Beyond (World Premiere) TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 HINDSON Rush RAVEL La Valse

WHEN Sunday 25 February 2018 at 3pm WHERE Concert Hall, Reverse Mode, QPAC DURATION 90 minutes (no interval) Southern Cross Soloists open 2018 in the spirit of reinvention, as we reimagine works by classical music greats Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Ravel. Revel in Tchaikovsky’s Mozart-inspired Rococo Variations featuring new Southern Cross Soloists cello Soloist Meta Weiss. Be enthralled by Stravinsky’s baroque-inspired Pulcinella Suite, and a refreshed version of Matthew Hindson’s rock and roll oboe piece Rush in honour of his 50th birthday. This concert will be a smorgasbord of musical delights, finishing with Ravel’s quirky and whirling tribute to the Viennese waltz, with La Valse. A not to be missed highlight will be the world premiere of leading composer, and ABC broadcaster Julian Day’s mesmerizing new immersive work for Southern Cross Soloists, Resound: Above and Beyond.


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Star of the Concertgebouw BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047 CONCERT TWO

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SHAW Concerto for Clarinet COPLAND Quiet City SKIPWORTH New Work (World Premiere) PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet Suite CHERKIN Sevdana and Bulgarian Dance HINDSON Homage to Bernstein (World Premiere) BERNSTEIN West Side Story

WHEN Sunday 22 July 2018 at 3pm

WHERE Concert Hall, Reverse Mode, QPAC

DURATION 90 minutes (no interval)

Southern Cross Soloists are delighted to introduce Australian audiences to Miroslav Petkov, Principal Trumpet of the elite world orchestra, The Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Described as having “the eloquence of a great storyteller” by the New York papers, Miroslav is one of the most dynamic trumpet soloists of today, and joins the Soloists for a thrilling program of brilliance and flair. Beginning with the precipitous virtuosity of the piccolo trumpet in Bach’s second Brandenburg concerto, we take you on a journey of emotion through Copland’s melancholic Quiet City, and Prokofiev’s passionate Romeo and Juliet Suites. Bulgarian composer Georgii Cherkin’s foot-stamping Sevdana and Bulgarian Dance will lead into our tribute to the great Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary, with Hindson’s Homage to Bernstein, and Bernstein’s own West Side Story.


Southern Cross Soloists and QPAC present


The Virtuosos KODÁLY Dances of Galánta CHOPIN Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C major, Op. 3 MARKS New Work (World Premiere) ROSSINI Introduction, Theme and Variations ŽEBELJAN Three Goat’s Ears PAGANINI Caprice No. 5 (arranged for solo flute) RACHMANINOV Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43

WHEN Sunday 28 October 2018 at 3pm WHERE Concert Hall, Reverse Mode, QPAC DURATION 90 minutes (no interval) Be dazzled by displays of agile artistry as Southern Cross Soloists take you on a whirlwind program applauding pure virtuosity. From the lightning-fast fingers of flautist Lina Andonovska in Paganini’s Caprice to the thrilling heights of Rossini’s clarinet tour de force, this concert only continues to highlight our ensemble’s spirited talent with Kodály’s feverish Dances of Galanta, Žebeljan’s folk inspired Three Goat’s Ears and Rachmaninov’s stunning variations for piano that channel the devilish soul of Paganini. A special feature will be the world premiere of a new work by renowned Australian film composer, Bryony Marks.


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WHEN 10-12 August 2018

WHERE A&I Hall, Bangalow

Southern Cross Soloists are so proud to present the Bangalow Music Festival each August – an annual highlight that creates a special pop up community of people from near and far. The Festival brings together beautiful music, performed with a distinctly personal touch under the A&I Hall’s beloved pressed metal ceilings. A regular sell out, the Festival offers a charmed long weekend getaway attracting the highest calibre of soloists and chamber musicians, tucked away in the picturesque hinterland of northern New South Wales.

SXS Next Gen Artists program The SXS Next Gen Artists program offers outstanding mentorship, professional development and performance opportunities to exceptional young Queensland musicians on the cusp of their professional careers. The recipients of the program are provided with opportunities to perform at QPAC and the Bangalow Music Festival alongside leading Australian and international performers, and receive valuable mentoring from these prominent musicians.



Early Bird tickets will go on sale on 29 January 2018.

Margaret Schindler Vocal Scholarship As a founding member of Southern Cross Soloists, Margaret Schindler was an integral part of the ensemble for 21 years. In honour of Margaret’s outstanding contribution to the Company and music education, Southern Cross Soloists has established the Margaret Schindler Vocal Scholarship to provide mentoring, professional development and performance opportunities to emerging singers. Under the expert tutelage of Margaret Schindler, one of Australia’s foremost vocal pedagogues, the scholarship aims to bridge the gap between tertiary study and a professional career.

SXS Avid Reader Coffee Conversations 2018 SERIES

Bangalow Music Festival 2018

New in 2018

23 FEBRUARY 2018 Creating a Unique Creative Voice: Featuring Julian Day (composer) and Meta Weiss (cello) 20 JULY 2018 The Life of an International Trumpet Soloist: Featuring Miroslav Petkov (trumpet) 26 OCTOBER 2018 Music and the Mind: Featuring Lina Andonovska (flute) and Gary Thorpe (4MBS)

WHEN 23 February, 20 July and 26 October 2018 at 5.30pm (45 minutes) WHERE Avid Reader Books: 193 Boundary St, West End QLD 4101 Enjoy aromatic coffee and fascinating conversation at Brisbane’s favourite book nook, Avid Reader West End, with the 2018 SXS Coffee Conversations series. An intimate event featuring music, interviews, and behind the scenes insights into the world of our 2018 guest virtuosos, composers, and the musicians of Southern Cross Soloists. This is the perfect Friday night pre-dinner event.

Book your free tickets SOUTHERN CROSS SOLOISTS or (07) 3844 7260 AVID READER (07) 3846 3422 or Seating is limited, so pre-booking advised.



Miroslav Petkov Guest Artist / Trumpet

Born in the Bulgarian port city of Varna in 1989, Miroslav Petkov started playing the trumpet at the age of 11. Barely a month later, he was accepted to the Dobri Hristov National Academy of the Arts and later went on to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold under trumpet virtuoso, Max Sommerhalder. Since his first appearance as a soloist at the age of 14 with the Varna Symphony Orchestra, Miroslav has become a leading classical music trumpet soloist who also enjoys performing in a variety of musical genres including folk music and jazz, as a way to broaden his thinking and understanding of all music. Before joining the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in August 2016, Petkov held the role of Principal Trumpet of the Nationaltheater Mannheim for several years. He has also given guest performances as principal trumpet player with the Ensemble Modern, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the NDR Symphony Orchestra. Petkov’s further successes include winning first prize at many international trumpet competitions, including Lieksa International Trumpet Competition in Finland, the 21st International Competition Città di Porcia in Italy, the 6th International Jeju Brass Competition in South Korea, and the YAMAHA International Trumpet Contest in Germany.


Tania Frazer

Artistic Director / Oboe

Artistic Director of Southern Cross Soloists since 2011, Tania Frazer completed her degrees at the Guildhall School of Music in London on full scholarship. Tania has performed as Principal Oboe with the Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra under Maazel, Rostropovich and Solti; the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta and Valery Gergiev; the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; the New Zealand Symphony; the Jerusalem Symphony; Stavanger Symphony in Norway; the Montreal Chamber Orchestra and was Principal Cor Anglais of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. From 2004-2008, Tania was Principal Oboe with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and performed as a soloist on their 2006 European tour. As Southern Cross Soloists’ Artistic Director, Tania has been the Musical Director of many productions including The Red Shoes and The Host with Expressions Dance Company and Invisible Me for QPAC’s 2012 Out of the Box. In 2015, Tania performed as a guest soloist with the Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea.


French Horn

Alex Raineri Piano

24 year old Australian pianist Alex Raineri described by Limelight Magazine as “a soloist of superb skill and musicality”, is a sought after recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. International performances include tours of California, South-East Asia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany and Austria. Alex regularly broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and the MBS Networks and has performed concertos with the Queensland, Tasmanian, Darwin and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, Four Winds Festival, Bangalow Festival and the Queensland Pops Orchestra.

Ysolt Clark studied at the Canberra School Of Music and was appointed Principal Third Horn with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at the age of 21. After holding that position for eight years, Ysolt has since dedicated her time to pursuing her passion for both music education and chamber music performance. She has recorded and performed with renowned contemporary music ensemble ELISION, is a member of the Lunaire Collective, performs often with Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, and teaches at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University where she directed the horn ensemble QHorns in their international prize winning performance in Memphis in 2013. She has performed with most of the major Australian orchestras, most recently the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony and West Australian Symphony Orchestra as well as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.


Ysolt Clark

Alex has won a number of major competitions including the Kerikeri International Piano Competition, Australian National Piano Award, ANAM Concerto Competition, Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship and others. Chamber partnerships include performances with Andreas Ottensamer, Sara Macliver, Natalie Clein, Greta Bradman, Kathryn Stott, Slava Grigoryan, Brett Dean, Opera Queensland and Expressions Dance Company. Alex is a fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and is presently undertaking doctorate studies at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.




Ashley Smith Clarinet

Alan Smith completed postgraduate studies at the Robert Schumann Institute in Dusseldorf. He has had extensive experience as a Concertmaster, both within Australia and overseas, and has been a soloist with the Adelaide, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras as well as appearing in various chamber music ensembles in Australia and Europe.


Alan Smith

Alan teaches part-time at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and is also a regular tutor for the Conservatorium orchestras as well as the Queensland Youth Symphony. He plays a violin made by Jose Contreras in 1770.

Described as “incandescent... a masterly display of skill and insight... as an apologist for contemporary music-making, you would search hard to find this young clarinettist’s equal” (The Age), Ashley William Smith is an internationally demanded clarinet soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. A graduate of Yale University and the Australian National Academy of Music, Ashley is a laureate of numerous prestigious prizes including the APRA Performance of the Year (for Lachlan Skipworth’s Clarinet Concerto with the WASO), the Freedman Fellowship, an ABC Symphony International Young Performer Award, and a Churchill Fellowship. Ashley is also a Buffet-Crampon Artist. Ashley has performed throughout Australia, the USA, Europe and Asia with Bang on a Can, the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, the Kennedy Center, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, and IRCAM. Ashley is an Assistant Professor at the University of Western Australia where he is the Head of Winds and Contemporary Performance.



Lina Andonovska Associate Artist / Flute

Meta Weiss

Associate Artist / Cello US cellist Meta Weiss (pronounced may-ta) made her international debut at the age of seven in Holland, and has become one of the leading cellists of her generation. An acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, Meta has performed throughout the US and internationally, including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, and Melbourne Recital Centre. Meta has won numerous competitions including the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, Washington International Competition, Schadt Cello Competition, and Yamaha’s Young Performing Artist Award. Her album Entendre won the Violoncello Foundation Listener’s Choice Award. Other albums include A Dué Celli, recorded with cellist David Requiro as the Weiss-Requiro Duo, and a forthcoming album with the Streeton Trio on the Decca Label. Weiss studied at Rice University, and Juilliard in New York. She is Senior Lecturer in Cello and Head of Chamber Music at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Weiss performs on a Gioffredo Cappa cello, c. 1690.


Lina Andonovska leads a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, collaborator and educator. Quickly gaining recognition internationally as a fearless and versatile artist, she has collaborated and performed with Crash Ensemble, Australian Chamber Orchestra, s t a r g a z e, Southern Cross Soloists and eighth blackbird. She is critically acclaimed for her interpretation of new music, Rolling Stone Magazine hailed her performance of Bun-Ching Lam’s piccolo concertino at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at Mass MoCA as “superbly played...” Recent performance credits include the German premiere of Dean’s flute concerto Siduri Dances with the Deutsches Kammerorchester, recitals at the Tokyo Experimental Festival, and guest appearances with s t a r g a z e across Germany. In the 2017/2018 season, she will be joining the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Southern Cross Soloists (AU) as Guest Principal Flautist.

John Rotar


John Rotar started piano at the age of six and composition at the age of nine. When he was 12, John had his first orchestral work performed by the Bundaberg Youth Orchestra. Since then, John has won a variety of awards including the 2013 Queensland Wagner Society National Composition Prize, the 2014 Fanfare Artology Prize, the 2015 Percy Briar Memorial Prize, and the 2016 Jean Bogan Youth Prize. John has been commissioned to write new works for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists, Australian Youth Orchestra, Queensland Youth Orchestras, Flinders String Quartet and UQ Symphony Orchestra. Since 2013, John has worked as an arranger and composer with Southern Cross Soloists’ QPAC concert series and Bangalow Music Festival concerts, as well as their collaborations with Expressions Dance Company. John is currently undertaking his doctorate studies in composition at The University of Queensland.


Purchase a three concert package. Total for three concerts: ADULT# $180 CONCESSION#* $120

2 concert package Purchase a two concert package. Total for two concerts: ADULT# $124 CONCESSION#* $84


3 concert package



Season ticket packages Single tickets Single tickets are available for each concert. ADULT# $66 CONCESSION#* $50 STUDENT#** $27.50


Adult Groups 8+ $60 per person School Groups 8+ (1 comp per 8) $20 per person Contact QPAC Group Sales on 07 3840 7466 or #A transaction fee of $7.20 for online bookings or $8.20 for standard mail applies to single ticket and package bookings. *Eligibility is limited to those holding concession cards: Centrelink healthcare and pensioner. **Full time students with valid Queensland student card.


Ticket information PACKAGE BOOKINGS received over the phone or online are processed immediately. Please allow a minimum of four weeks for receipt of your tickets. A TRANSACTION FEE of $7.20 for online bookings or $8.20 for standard mail will be charged per package and single ticket booking. ALL SALES ARE FINAL Refunds are not available once a booking application has been processed. SINGLE TICKETS for each concert are available by calling 136 246 or visiting A transaction fee of $7.20 for online bookings or $8.20 for standard mail applies per booking. Patrons are able to purchase additional single tickets for other shows when purchasing a package. Please indicate requirements when booking. WHEELCHAIR & DISABILITY ACCESS is available at all performances. Please advise when booking if required. CONCESSION PRICES are available for full pensioners and health care card holders. Student prices are available for full time students with a valid Queensland student card. Please quote your government concession number when booking or supply photocopied proof of eligibility. Bookings without adequate proof cannot be processed.

SEATING for all concerts is in numbered, reserved seats in the Concert Hall, Reverse Mode. In the event of high ticket demand, QPAC reserves the right to alter the Concert Hall seating and stage arrangements to its original mode. In the event that this occurs, QPAC ensures ticket buyers will be accommodated in an equivalent seat to the reverse mode layout. TICKETS are subject to availability. Book early to avoid disappointment. GROUP BOOKINGS are available for all concerts, including a special price for school groups. Contact QPAC Group Sales on 07 3840 7466 or LOST TICKETS can be replaced. Phone 136 246 to arrange a lost ticket voucher. LATECOMERS will be admitted to the Concert Hall at a suitable break in the performance. COMPLIMENTARY PROGRAMS will be available on the day of each concert and issued to patrons upon entry to the Concert Hall. DURATION of Southern Cross Soloists concerts will be 90 minutes with no interval. Information in this brochure was correct at time of printing. QPAC and Southern Cross Soloists reserve the right to alter the program or any other details as necessary.


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