OPINION: My wish is to see Maryborough become music capital
IF I had a vision for Maryborough it would to make it into the music and performance capital of Queensland.
Forget Brisbane, the Heritage City has more to offer as a cultural precinct, especially to foster an appreciation of classical music and other styles.
It has a variety of venues, indoors and outdoors, suited to any performance.
With churches and history-steeped buildings, it would be the perfect spot for classical and chamber recitals.
With more than 12 pubs and Queens Park, I can see Maryborough as the best place for up-and-coming bands to perfect their gigs.
And the Brolga Theatre - a top spot for any act to entertain the crowds.
Not only that, but I think a love of history goes hand-in-hand with an appreciation of music. And valuing history is what Maryborough and the Fraser Coast does well, so why not add composition to that?
I thought about this after I saw Attilla Sautov, the virtuoso violinist, perform Bach and Paganini at Maryborough's St Paul's Anglican Church on Saturday.
It was a world-class performance and I hope many more top-notch musicians start putting Maryborough on their touring schedule.
With the Maryborough Music Conference approaching for 2017, there is every reason to celebrate the region's potential to become a centre for musical studies.
Maryborough and its people have to become more confident and remember that not everything great comes from the bigger metropolises with music conservatoriums.
The defining factor is whether or not music, history and spirituality are valued and if that value is passed down to children.
I think Maryborough already has this in spades and with a bit of development, the city could soon be producing world-greats for the music stage.