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Wrap-up of the 20th Annual 4MBS Festival of Classics;

The pinnacle of the festival was the previous Sunday’s epic “Verdi Requiem” to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. It can be safely said that the performance was one of the best Brisbane has ever seen - a collaboration between 4MBS Classic FM, Brisbane Chorale, the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, and internationally-renowned Queensland singers Rosario La Spina, Jacqueline Mabardi, Georgia Hawes and David Wakeham. It was a sold-out event and attracted a standing ovation by a crowd of over one thousand, which filled the newly-refurbished Brisbane City Hall. Audience members have hailed the performance as“sublime” and“glorious”.4MBS Classic FM would like to thank everyone who performed and attended the festival, and to Arts Queensland and the Brisbane City Council for financially supporting the festival. A special acknowledgement goes to the Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope Wensley, for being Patron of the 4MBS Festival of Classics.

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Congratulations, the whole performance was fabulous.  You have a great bunch of people there. They are wonderful musicians.
K Scott, Prestige Music and Music Fest Pty Ltd
(on the May 26, 2013 Verdi Requiem)
Hi Toni,
Just back from my Italian sojourn. As I embed myself into the community
again everyone is praising the Verdi Requiem.  My GP especially asked me to pass on her congratulations on a fine performance. She said she was accompanied by a friend not particularly enamoured with classical music and she was blown away. At Pilates this morning, more praise from another source.

Well done! Only sorry I couldn't be part of the cello section for the performance.



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Review of the concert performed with the Sunshine Coast Oriana Concert Choir. Excerpt taken from the Letters to the Editor in the Sunshine Coast Daily, written by A Royal from Diddillibah. (Click on the image to open a larger view)

Hi Antoni,
I attended the concert today and was 'blown away'. It was lovely to just sit in the audience and let the music wash over me. You should be very happy with the concert and choir was magnificent.

Please pass this on - I just loved this afternoon's concert! It was the first time I had attended a BSO concert and I am very impressed. The Barber 'Adagio' touched me and, because I was sitting close to the stage, I could really appreciate the skill needed to keep all the parts together. The choir is excellent. I have sung in a choir that performed Mozart's 'Requiem' (in the Church of the Madeleine in Paris a very long time ago!) so I was jigging along and following every note and I thought it was performed very well indeed. Maybe you could make a CD of it to be a companion to the Messiah!

Dear Mr Bonetti,

We wish to express our gratitude for a wonderful performance of the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra on Bribie Island yesterday.
The Bach Concerto was beautifully played and of course the Csardas was an extra treat. All other pieces were equally as enjoyable as they are rarely played.
We are particularly fortunate to be able to hear your performance in the new hall which is so much better in acoustic capability.
We just like to make one suggestion:
Could you please advertise your forthcoming programs more frequently in all 4 local papers (Northern Times, Caboolture Herald, Bribie Weekly and Bribie Island News) so as to make a larger audience aware of your visits.
Thanking you again for a most enjoyable afternoon.
BFH - Bribie

I hope your Brisbane concert went as well as here at The Lake Kawana Centre.
I thought it was one of the best concerts we have had here, and a wonderful experience for children.

M R - Kawana

Thank you for giving the Peninsular music lovers such a wonderful concert at Mueller College today. Your performance was better than ever and I look forward to attending more of your concerts both here and in other areas. If you have your yearly programme available I would like to receive it.
Thank you again

My sister and I travelled from Brisbane today to attend your performance at the Mueller Performing Arts Centre with a friend who lives locally. I have never been a fan of Mahler but this afternoon I was very captivated with the works and your Orchestra's performance - it was wonderful. I have been to a few of your Orchestra's performances and enjoy your conducting technique. Such a shame that the audience was so few and I hope there will be a good attendance tomorrow.
D B - Brisbane

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed today's performance!! It's such a wonderful work, so full of emotion, and BSO's performance today at times brought tears to my eyes and then made my heart want to 'burst'. Of course I was most impressed with the cello section. They really rocked. Altogether it presented really well. Fabulous sound, excellent solos and great 'ensemble'.... so much more than you'd expect from a community orchestra. I think they deserved a pay packet for that one!
A B - Brisbane

A stunning concert. I loved the acoustic of the hall. I could hear every instrument individually, so nowhere for anyone to hide, and yet still enjoy the overall tapestry created in each piece.
Both times I have heard BSO I have come away thinking that the performances are right at the edge of mainstream. Firebird was stunning. And now the Mahler required prodigious concentration over a long continuous period, no ADD here.
Congratulations to all the Thomson family members.
P - Brisbane