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Strauss and Friends

Friday 24th August 2018 at 7pm

St Paschals Catholic Church, 30 Warraba Ave. Wavell Heights
Bookings -  ph 3359 0239 ($35 inc. light supper)


Sunday 9th September 2018 at 2pm

Schonell Theatre, The University of Queensland
Adults $30, Concessions $26, Students $12 and under 5 free
Tickets for Schonell Theatre concerts may be purchased by calling Maree Williamson on (07) 3378 2384.

Ample free parking available next to the Schonell Theatre. Free parking, programs and post-concert refreshments are provided! 


The Brisbane City Pops Orchestra is excited to present our third concert for 2018, entitled Strauss and Friends – a celebration of some of the best-known European composers and their most-loved music!
You will be waltzing in the aisles as we perform some of Johann Strauss’s favourites, including the Tritsch Tratsch Polka, The Gypsy Baron March, the Pizzicato Polka, the very popular Redetzky March, the very beautiful Tales from the Vienna Woods and of course, The Blue Danube!
One of Strauss’s  contemporaries and master of operettas is Jacques Offenbach. You will be entertained with Offenbachiana, an arrangement by Ron Hanmer of some of Offenbach’s best-known melodies.
We will also feature the Merry Widow Waltz by Lehar, the very beautiful Adagio Cantabile by Beethoven and the Musical Snuff Box by Liadow.
We are thrilled to bring back as our guest artist the very popular soprano, Annika Kinrichs.  Annika will delight you with the Laughing Song by Strauss, La Wally by Cataloni and Gershwin’s By Strauss!
Please join us for this amazing programme of Strauss and Friends, and be transported to another time and place as we celebrate this beautiful and timeless music!



 Neil Flottmann - Conductor   

After studies in flute and piano at the University of Sydney, Neil Flottmann went on to a varied career as a flautist, music educator and conductor. A former member of several major Australian orchestras, including the QLD Symphony Orchestra, he has also worked as Chorus Master for the Lyric Opera of Queensland, The Australian Opera and The Canadian Opera Company. He has been at various times a member of the professional staff at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music, the QLD Conservatorium of Music and QUT lecturing in flute, musicianship, opera studies and conducting.

In 1984 Neil was awarded the prestigious Willem van Otterloo Memorial Conducting Scholarship, leading to studies in Sydney and London with Myer Fredman and Sir Charles Mackerras. Since then he has appeared as guest conductor with the Sydney, Queensland, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the ABC Sinfonia, the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra and the Australian Ballet. Neil has conducted thirteen seasons for the Queensland Ballet including the widely acclaimed Australian premiere of Peter Maxwell- Davies' Salome in 1986 and Francois Klaus’s 1998 production of Peer Gynt. In 2010 he was a member of the creative team for the Brisbane performance of Havergal Brian’s “Gothic Symphony”. He is currently Director of Curriculum at West Moreton Anglican College. 


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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