Queensland Youth Symphony Pictures

18 Mar 2023
Conservatorium Theatre, QCGU
2 hours
(including interval, subject to change without notice)

Available Discounts

Concession, Student

Join the Queensland Youth Symphony, Canticum Women’s Choir and conductor Simon Hewett for an exploration of music inspired by pictures. After seeing a series of impressionist paintings by James Abbott Whistler, Debussy vividly portrays in his Nocturnes the mysterious effects of nocturnal light: a solemn procession of clouds; the colour and movement of a town festival and the play of light on the sea at night.

The famous tales of Arabian nights were the source of inspiration for Ravel’s Scheherazade featuring the wonderful young soprano Nina Korbe. And to conclude, perhaps the most famous depiction of visual art through music: the death of Mussorgsky’s close friend, painter Victor Hartmann in 1873, caused the composer profound grief. As a tribute Mussorgsky composed Pictures at an Exhibition, a brilliant depiction in sound of a visit to an exhibition of Hartmann’s pictures.

Presented by Queensland Youth Orchestra


Debussy Nocturnes
Ravel Scheherazade
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition


  • Conductor Simon Hewett
  • Soprano Nina Korbe
  • Orchestra Queensland Youth Symphony
  • Choir Canticum Women’s Choir

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