Check out Pop-Up Music Gigs on Friday evening in M'boro
MARYBOROUGH will come alive with the sound of music this weekend, featuring some of the best local, national and international performers.
Musical maestro John Foreman and Darren Percival from The Voice are among the performers at musical events, which are part of the celebrations being held under the umbrella of the Mary Poppins Festival and Maryborough Music Conference.
Pop-Up Music Gigs will be staged on Friday evening, July 5, at cafes, hotels and restaurants around the city, including Muddy Waters Cafe, Allikats on Kent, Federal Hotel, Cafe Cru and the Shamrock Hotel.
On Sunday, July 7, a free Musical Showcase at the Brolga Theatre will feature performances by five choirs and bands, each with a Mary Poppins musical theme.
The artistic director of the New York City Gay Men's Chorus Charlie Beale will conduct an 80-piece show choir.
The Pickett Symphonic Winds, led by the musical director of the Queensland Pops Orchestra and special guest conductor Tim Lautzenheiser from the US, will play a Mary Poppins selection as well as the music of the Beatles and other favourites.
Melbourne trumpeter Greg Spence, who has appeared on many of Australia's top rating television shows, such as Dancing with the Stars and John Foreman's new music show The Big Night In, will lead a big band performance, including legendary drummer John Morrison.
Another highlight will be North Coast Region Excellence Program's big band and strings orchestra, featuring the region's best instrumental music students.
A gala concert at the Brolga Theatre on Sunday evening, July 7, will feature several music identities including Darren Percival, the 2012 runner-up of The Voice.
The Hultgren Symphonic Winds will be conducted by Australian composer Ralph Hultgren and special guest conductor Peter Boonshaft from the United States. .
British clarinet virtuoso Julian Bliss will perform Solo de Concours while orchestral director at Hyde Park Middle School Las Vegas Jeremy Woolstenhulme will conduct a 60-piece string orchestra performing his compositions.
For those who love traditional choral music, conductor Harley Mead will lead an 80-piece choral ensemble.
The concert will finish on a high note, with a big band performance led by the acclaimed Pete BarenBregge.
Drummer David Jones, recognised by his peers as the best drummer Australia has ever produced, will also perform.
Tickets for the gala concert are available from the Brolga Box Office.
The Maryborough Music Conference, from July 4 to 8, is considered Australia's premier music educators' conference.
For more details, visit www.maryboroughmusicconference.com.au.