Saturday 2nd March 2024 at 2pm
Redcliffe Entertainment Centre, Downs St, Redcliffe
Tickets $38, Concessions $35, Student $25, Group bookings available
For Bookings, please phone 3283 0407 or visit redcliffeentertainmentcentre.com.au or at the door
Saturday 9th March 2024 at 2pm
Church of Christ Kenmore Community Centre
41, Brookfield Rd. Kenmore
Adults $30, Concessions $26, Students $12 and under 5 free
Book on line: trybooking.com/COGSX, or Call Maree 3378 2384, and tickets also available at the door if not previously sold out.
The members of the Brisbane City Pops Orchestra are thrilled to be opening our 2024 concert season with a fantastic show entitled “A Celebration of Musicals”. We will showcase music from some of the best and most popular musicals ever written, including a medley of beautiful music from the dramatic Phantom of the Opera, a selection of Roaring Twenties-style jazz from the fabulous Chicago (coming to Brisbane in early 2024), as well as some toe-tapping favourites from the fun-filled Mamma Mia!
The orchestra looks forward to welcoming back two extremely talented guest artists to help us celebrate the musicals – Katie Stenzel, who sang brilliantly at our 2023 Ipswich Prom Concert and audience-favourite Gregory Moore, who has appeared with us many times.
Katie is a dynamic coloratura soprano who has completed her Master of Music Studies at the Qld Conservatorium and has performed widely in Australia and also internationally, in operatic roles and concerts. Katie will showcase her amazing voice in Gershwin’s haunting Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) and in the well-known Poor Wandering One by Gilbert and Sullivan (from The Pirates of Penzance).
Gregory Moore is a very popular tenor who graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and is kept busy as a cross-over Pop Opera artist who has performed extensively in Australia and overseas. Gregory will tug at your heart strings with his performance of Can You Feel the Love Tonight, from The Lion King, and the very beautiful Bring Him Home from Les Miserables.
Katie and Gregory will also present a wonderful selection of unforgettable songs from the ever-popular West Side Story – a performance not to be missed!
The BCPO will also perform popular Musical numbers, such as I’ve Got You Under My Skin (by Cole Porter), Matchmaker (from Fiddler on the Roof), Send in the Clowns (by Stephen Sondheim) and Seventy-Six Trombones (from The Music Man), as well as some Broadway Showstoppers.
This concert will indeed be an amazing tribute to some of our favourite shows, full of beautiful melodies that we all know and love! Please join us for this wonderfully entertaining, feel-good concert as we present “A Celebration of Musicals”!
Andrew Robinson (Conductor)
Former resident conductor of the St Lucia Orchestra (now BCPO), Andrew Robinson has conducted many of the leading orchestras in Australia and the US. Winner of the ABC- Westfield Young Conductor of the Year award in 1997, he was Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra from 1998-2001, performing with the orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. He has also conducted performances at the New York City Ballet and with numerous other American orchestras, as well as working with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. In Australia, he has appeared with the Queensland Symphony, the Tasmanian Symphony, the Melbourne Symphony, the Canberra Symphony, the State Orchestra of Victoria, and the Pacific Chamber Orchestra, among numerous others. From 2007-2012 he led the Queensland Philanthropic Orchestra, a charitable music project that raised nearly $40,000 for Queensland medical research.
An experienced music educator, Andrew served from 2000-2002 on the conducting faculty at the University of Southern California, one of the premier music schools in the US. He was Music Director of the inaugural Auckland Philharmonia Summer School in 2000, and from 2003-2008 held the same position with the Young Conservatorium Symphony at Griffith University.
Andrew first studied flute at the Canberra School of Music before turning to conducting. In 1998 he was selected as one of three young conductors from around the world to perform in Carnegie Hall at the inaugural Carnegie Hall Conductor’s Workshop, and subsequently was a Conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts. An accomplished flautist, Andrew won the 7 th Australian Flute Competition in 1995, and continues to perform occasionally around Brisbane. He qualified as an optometrist in 2006 and is now a partner in private practice in Bardon.
Katie Stenzel (Soprano)
Katie Stenzel is a dynamic, coloratura soprano. Described by Limelight Magazine as possessing “a powerful and perfectly controlled upper range”, she has established herself as an engaging and multi-faceted performer. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Queensland University of Technology and subsequently completed her Master of Music Studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
Katie has since performed across Australia and internationally with companies including State Opera South Australia, Opera Queensland, Opera Australia, The Brisbane Festival, The Adelaide Fringe Festival, and the Taipei Drama Festival in Taiwan.
Her operatic roles have included Queen of the Night in The Sopranos, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Niece 1 in Peter Grimes, Zorah in Ruddigore and the creation of the role of Loretta in The Crushing: A Gothic Opera. She has also understudied roles including Despina in cosi fan tutte, Euridice and Amore in Orfeo ed Euridice, Kumudha in A Flowering Tree, Rose Maybud in Ruddigore, Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cunegonde in Candide, and Yum Yum in The Mikado. She has appeared in concert works including Messiah(Handel), Carmina Burana (Orff), African Sanctus (Fanshawe), The Mysteties of the Macabre (Ligeti), and Oratorio de Noêl (Saint-Saëns).
2024 will see Katie appear in the roles of Belinda in Prcell’s Dido and Aneas, and Bellezza in Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth.
Gregory Moore (Tenor)
Gregory is a graduate of the QLD Conservatorium of Music and as a Cross-over Pop Opera artist is in high demand for his performance style and versatility. His performing credits include: an original member of The Ten Tenors, The Pirates of Penzance - Australian Tour for ESSGEE (Frederic Understudy, Ensemble), and Tenor Soloist in Andrew McKinnon’s World Touring International hit Scotland the Brave, with performances including the Sydney Opera House and the Lincoln Centre in New York City. He has performed The National Anthem in front of worldwide television audiences for International and Australian Rugby, Cricket Australia, and State of Origin, and a regular guest artist with the Queensland Pops Orchestra.
As an original member of the Pop Opera Trio ‘La Forza’, Greg has performed throughout Australia, New Zealand, The South Pacific & Asia on all leading Cruise Ships including featured acts on Cunard, Princess, and Royal Caribbean, and has been a regular guest at the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Carols by Candlelight.
Off stage, Greg is a Co-Producer for the Lord Mayor’s Senior’s Christmas Parties, a vocal and performance mentor for the Senior’s Cabaret Showcase and Creative Generation, and has been the Musical Director for the Brisbane City Christmas Parade, Christmas Pantomime, and Queen Street Mall Christmas Pop-up shows since 2010 with Event Management Company, TLC Events Co. Due to Gregory’s contribution to the arts, he was an Australia Day Ambassador for the Queensland Government (2009 – 2011).
As well as appearing as the Tenor Soloist for the ABC TV and DVD/CD release of the hit Show ‘Scotland the Brave’, Greg has recorded two solo studio albums: ‘I’ve Dreamed of You’ recorded with the QLD Pops Orchestra and The Christmas Gift, released for David Jones Australia wide and New Zealand. His TV special An Intimate Evening with Gregory Moore & Friends is available as a LIVE DVD & CD and has been featured on the STUDIO Channel, FOXTEL.
As a Trainer and Assessor, Greg has worked for many Performing Arts Schools including DLDC & ADPI, and is now Head of Music at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, (ACPA); sharing his passion of the performing arts and building a bright new generation of First Nation’s performers.
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