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Down Memory Lane

12th March 2017 at 2pm

Schonell Theatre, The University of Queensland
Adults $26, Concessions $23, Students $12, children under 5 years FREE!

Ample free parking available next to the Schonell Theatre. Programs and post-concert refreshments are provided! To find out where on campus you can park, head to Parkopedia is a free website that lists all publicly available parking lots, including info on street parking.

The BCPO is proud to present our first concert of 2017, entitled “Down Memory Lane,” during which the audience will be taken on a nostalgic journey to visit some very beautiful and memorable music.

You will be delighted by selections of amazing music from two famous composers, George Gershwin and Franz Lehar, as well as one of Tchaikowsky’s most loved compositions, “Waltz of the Flowers.”

We will remember some famous marches, with a selection entitled “Britain Marches,” as well as the rousing “Dam Busters March” by Eric Coates and “March of the Gladiators” by Fucik.

Our conductor, Chen Yang, will delight you with his beautiful violin solo in “As Time Goes By” by Cole Porter.

Annika Hinricks, our very popular guest soprano, will thrill the audience with some old favourites, including “Songs of Vera Lynn” and “Voices of Spring”, as well as the beautiful aria, “Caro Nome” by Verdi. Annika will also lead the audience in a singalong of some wonderful songs from the past.

Come with us and enjoy a wonderful musical journey Down Memory Lane!

Chen Yang - Conductor

Chen Yang was appointed concertmaster of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra (QTO) after graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with distinction in violin performance. He later joined the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) for many years.

Chen is currently the leader and conductor of Corda Spiritus Orchestra of Brisbane and The Sinfonia of St Andrew’s Orchestra. He appears regularly as guest conductor for The Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra in their annual Metro Concert Series.  In 2014 he was invited to conduct The Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra in a Gala Concert celebrating their 20thAnniversary. 

Chen has worked in music education for many years with his long association with the Queensland Youth Orchestra (QYO) leading their Junior String Ensemble (JSE) consisting of up to 70 talented young string players. At present he is also conductor and string teacher at St Hilda’s School, Southport.

His other musical interests include playing baroque violin with The Badinerie Players of Brisbane. 


Annika Hinrichs - Soprano

Soprano Annika Hinrichs has been performing since the age of ten; early years in Central Queensland saw her travelling up to 750km each week for trumpet, piano, and singing lessons. Her major influences have been Queensland Conservatorium teacher Margaret Schindler, with whom she began studies in 2012, and Margaret Baker-Genovesi, with whom she began studies in 2009. She graduated in 2015 from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Advanced Performance majoring in Classical Voice, and her awards include the Linda Edith Allen Undergraduate Award for Opera Studies, the Elizabeth Muir Memorial Undergraduate Award for Singing, and the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship.

In 2015, at the age of twenty, she became the youngest singer ever selected as a finalist in the prestigious Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award. The same year she was also a finalist in the National Liederfest, where she won the Brian Hansford Award, and a semi-finalist in the IFAC Australian Singing Competition. Annika made her professional debut singing in La Boite Theatre’s 2015 adaptation of Medea, performing as the Greek chorus in a quartet of singers chosen from all over Australia. She is currently employed as a soprano in the eight-voice Schola of the Cathedral of St. Stephens, as well as teaching voice and trumpet at Mansfield Musicworx. 

Annika has sung the role of ‘Virtu’ in Monteverdi’s opera L’incoronazione di Poppea, and had the privilege of singing the lead role of Matsya in Gerard Brophy’s short opera ‘A Water Parable’ for the world premiere of Floods. This year, she will cover the role of Pamina in ‘Die Zauberflöte’ and looks forward to performing the role of Miss Wordsworth in Benjamin Britten’s opera ‘Albert Herring’. She has been performing at private, public, corporate and charity events throughout Queensland since 2007, both as a soloist and as part of duet ensemble ELAN Sopranos. She enjoys increasing guest artist work which has included performances as a soloist with the Queensland Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, The Queensland Choir, and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.    

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