'Mick Jagger' of the classical world to play Maleny concert
Violin virtuoso Warwick Adeney stars as featured soloist
Described as "the Mick Jagger of the classical world", violin virtuoso Warwick Adeney, concertmaster Queensland Symphony Orchestra, will play two Coast concerts in August as the featured soloist.
Coast classical music-lovers are in for an orchestral delight as it's not every day a violinist of Adeney's stature plays to a regional audience. In what's anticipated to be a show stealing moment, Adeney will open the concert with a solo, the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor Opus 64.
"It's one of the most loved, distinctive music pieces for a violin," Adeney said.
"It's charming and shows off the violin's natural voice."
Adeney, who famously played a solo, The Lark Ascending, for the late, great Sir Neville Marriner in 1992, said it helped establish him as a violinist of credibility. Marriner and his academy hold a record for the largest number of classical music recordings in the world – more than 500 albums – but he was most famous for his soundtrack to the 1984 Oscar-winning film, Amadeus.
"It gave me the stature of someone who could lead an orchestra, which was a great thing to happen early in my musical career," Adeney said.
Adeney will join maestro conductor Antoni Bonetti and the Noosa Orchestra to play the Mendelsohn, one of the most exciting pieces of music ever written.
"With most concertos, the orchestra will play the introduction, or the main theme," Bonetti said.
"The difference with the Mendehlson concerto is the violinist starts playing in the second bar. It pits the soloist against the orchestra. And the violin, when played with virtuosity, is able to cut across an orchestra and be heard."
Bonetti founded the Noosa Orchestra eight years ago and its amateur musicians comprise 80-100 string, woodwind, brass and percussionist players.
Concert-goers will also be treated to another solo by "flashy fingers" Sacha Gibbs-McPhee who will play the Spohr Clarinet Concerto #2.
It's a farewell to Gibbs-McPhee, a professional musician with Queensland Symphony, who has played with Noosa Orchestra for two seasons and is off to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music.
Noosa Orchestra will also play Sibelius Swanwhite Suite and Les Miserables.
"The orchestra plays so musically, passionately, and at its best," Bonetti said.
"But to have a concert master of an Australian professional orchestra play with a local, community orchestra is almost unheard of.
"It would be like inviting Mick Jagger to play with a local garage band."
Virtuosity, Fantasy and Revolution: a Noosa Orchestra concert
Sunday August 27, 2.30pm (Maleny)
Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple St
Adult $25 / concession $15 / student $5. Tickets at door or phone: 0448 764 369
Maleny Community Centre, Maleny
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