Southern Cross Soloists White Nights

2 Oct 2022
Concert Hall, QPAC
1 hour 30 minutes
(no interval, subject to change without notice)
$80 *
* A transaction fee of $7.20 applies.

Available Discounts

Concession, Student/Youth, Groups, Schools

With Konstantin Shamray (piano), Jonathan Bekes (cello) and Chris Williams (didgeridoo)

From the rise of romanticism during the 19th century Russian Empire to the torturous suffering of the Soviet Union under Stalin, White Nights explores Russian and Soviet music that is imbued with lush and rich harmonies juxtaposed with human tragedy and hidden sarcasm.

Shostakovich’s gloriously vivacious Piano Concerto No. 2 opens the program followed by Borodin’s Nocturne from his Second String Quartet featuring Alan Smith. The Soloists will be joined by Australian cello virtuoso, Jonathan Bekes (Principal Cello of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra) in Tchaikovsky’s lightning-fast cello showpiece, Pezzo Capriccioso and presenting the third of new works for Southern Cross Soloists (SXS) and Didgeridoo by Australian composer Matthew Dewey. The highlight of the program will be Stravinsky’s exotic and magical Firebird Suite, a piece that first catapulted him to international fame. Finishing the concert will be a rousing Russian Gypsy traditional folk song.

Please note: Richard Narroway is no longer able to perform at this concert due to unforeseen circumstances.

Presented by QPAC and Southern Cross Soloists


Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102
Borodin Notturno from String Quartet No. 2 in D major
Matthew Dewey World Premiere new work for SXS and Didgeridoo as part of the SXS Didgeridoo Commissioning Project
Tchaikovsky Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62
Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919)
Traditional Russian Gypsy Folk Song

About Southern Cross Soloists

Southern Cross Soloists (SXS) are the stars of Australian chamber music. Since 1995, SXS have firmly established themselves as one of Australia’s pre-eminent classical music ensembles.

In 2022, SXS will deliver a program of intoxicating virtuosity in its 13th QPAC Concert Series as a Company in Residence at QPAC. Composed of leading virtuosic soloists from across Australia, SXS creates and performs dynamic, unique, and world-class musical experiences for audiences of all ages.

Didgeridoo Commission Project

SXS are committed to nurturing First Nation's representation in their arts practices to promote cultural understanding. Their renewed focus for 2022-2032 is to respond to this commitment by creating the ‘SXS Didgeridoo Commission Project': a legacy of new Australian works for didgeridoo and small ensemble with our Artist in Residence, Wakka Wakka didgeridoo soloist Chris Williams.

For their 2022 Season, Southern Cross Soloists will commission three new 8-10 minute works for didgeridoo and small ensemble to be premiered in their 2022 QPAC Concert Series. These commissions form part of a legacy project that is committed to creating a substantial canon of works for didgeridoo and small ensemble over the next 10 years.

To find out more visit: southernxsoloists.com/dcp

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