Students from a handful of local schools will next week share the stage with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.
The students were offered the opportunity through the Orchestra’s Prodigy Project – which offers exceptional instrumental students from the Gold Coast interactive learning and performance experiences.
Next Friday they’ll be performing Igor Stravinsky’s masterpiece, The Firebird.
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The schools featuring students include Somerset College, Emmanuel College, All Saints Anglican School, Benowa High, Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, Trinity Lutheran College, Varsity College, and Queensland Academy for Health Sciences.
According to Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Richard Wenn, the students will be pushed to their limits to perform The Firebird.
“The challenges are many – not just technical but physical,” said Mr Wenn.
“This piece requires big playing, refined textures, complex rhythms, inflections in articulation that are more complicated for players than standard nineteenth-century music.”
Also included on next Friday’s program is Prokofiev’s divine Classical Symphony – renowned for its petite, intimate melodies and one of Haydn’s best-known works, his Symphony No.88.