Festival Gala

Songs of Sky, Bush and Moon

Date & Time

Saturday 19 June 2021
7.30pm – 9.30pm

2 x 50min halves + 20 min interval


The Events Centre

20 Minchinton St, 

Caloundra QLD 4551

Ticket Prices

Premium Adult: $95

Adult: $85

Student: $75

In a spectacular night to remember, this Gala concert is inspired by the beauty of the natural landscape and splendour of the sky, bush and moon.


Eleven stellar Australian artists will perform a lovingly curated program of famous works interspersed with sparkling unknown gems by living Australian composers. 


A musical journey through time and place, Headline Artist Eric Avery a Ngiyampaa, Yuin, Bandjalang and Gumbangirr man performs ancient chants and songs. Opera Queensland soprano, Sofia Troncoso continues the journey with famous works by Mozart, Puccini, Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla. Internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Karin Schaupp, will perform works by Piazzolla and Maximo Diego Pujol and Solitude an evocative work by Nava Ryan – an emerging Queensland composer.


Australian composer Ian Munro’s Clarinet Quintet, Songs from the Bush will receive its Queensland premier, performed by Irit Silver, Principal Clarinet, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Festival String Quartet, whose members perform with the Australian World Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and prestigious chamber music festivals around Australia. 


The Gala closes with the rousing Tarantelle performed by Irit Silver, clarinet, Alison Mitchell, Principal Flute, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and pianist Alex Raineri, Artistic Director, Brisbane Music Festival.

Eric Avery
Karin Schaupp
Sofia Troncoso
Alex Raineri
Courtenay Cleary
Sonia Wilson
Raquel Bastos
Louise King
Alison Mitchell
Irit Silver
Caleb Colledge

Eric AVERY Ancient First Nations chants and songs and original compositions

Max RICHTER – Mercy, Violin and Piano

Natalie NICOLAS – We Won’t Let You Down, String Quartet

Brenda GIFFORD – Miriwa (Sky), Piano, Soprano, Violin and Clarinet

Brenda GIFFORD  (arr Wells) Bardju (Footprints), Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Piano, Violin and Percussion

Astor PIAZZOLLA/Lorenzo TURCHI-FLORAS – Ave Maria, Guitar and String Quartet

Nava RYAN Solitude, String Quartet and Guitar

Maximo Diego PUJOL – Tangata de Agosto, Allegro Fandango’ 


Interval 20 mins


Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART – Laudate Dominum, from Vesperae solenne de confessore, K.399, Soprano and String Quartet

Antonio DVORAK – Song to the Moon from Rusalka, Soprano and String Quartet

Giacomo PUCCINI – O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi , Soprano and String Quartet

Heitor VILLA-LOBOS – Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 inspired by a Brazilian poem Ode to the Moon, Soprano, Guitar and String Quartet

Ian MUNRO – Songs from the Bush for Clarinet Quintet:

Country Dance, Campfire, Night Sky and Drovers Lament

Sally WHITWELL – Road Trip, Flute and Piano

Camille SAINT-SAËN – Tarantelle Op. 6 for Flute, Clarinet and Piano Trio