A Bohemian Romance

At Sir George Kneipp Auditorium (JCU) on 17th March 2024 at 5:30pm

Classical music enthusiasts and connoisseurs are in for a treat as the Barrier Reef Orchestra presents a captivating concert featuring a rich tapestry of orchestral masterpieces conducted by none other than the esteemed maestra Carolyn Waston, the Barrier Reef Orchestra’s first female conductor. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, and now making waves in the United States with her international acclaim, her unique interpretation promises to infuse new life into beloved classics.

The concert begins with Elena Kats-Chernin’s evocative “Dance of the Paper Umbrellas.” Kats-Chernin, an Australian composer known for her eclectic and vibrant style, creates a whimsical atmosphere with this piece. “Dance of the Paper Umbrellas” is a delightful fusion of classical and contemporary elements, transporting listeners to a realm where paper umbrellas twirl gracefully amidst a playful melody.

Following this captivating opener, the orchestra will embark on a journey to the heart of Hungarian folklore with Zoltán Kodály’s “Dances of Galánta.” Kodály, one of Hungary’s most revered composers, drew inspiration from the rich tapestry of Gypsy and Hungarian folk music. “Dances of Galánta” is a spirited and colorful orchestral suite, brimming with vitality and exuberance. Each movement paints a vivid portrait of the lively dances that once echoed through the streets of Galánta, showcasing Kodály’s masterful orchestration and deep reverence for his cultural heritage.

The pinnacle of the evening comes with Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8. Dvořák, a Czech composer celebrated for his melodic ingenuity and rich orchestration, takes listeners on a journey through the picturesque landscapes of Bohemia with this symphony. From the exuberant energy of the opening movement to the introspective lyricism of the second movement, Dvořák weaves a tapestry of emotions that culminates in a triumphant finale. Symphony No. 8 stands as a testament to Dvořák’s mastery of the symphonic form and his ability to evoke the beauty of nature through music.

Under the baton of the Barrier Reef Orchestra’s guest conductor Carolyn Watson, each piece of the program promises to be a captivating exploration of sound and emotion. Join us for an unforgettable evening filled with the timeless beauty of classical music, brought to life by the artistry of the orchestra and the visionary leadership of its conductor.


Featuring our guest conductor Carolyn Watson

Directing the La Porte Symphony Orchestra in Indiana and leading the orchestras at the University of Illinois, Carolyn originally hails from Sydney, Australia. With accolades like the Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Prize and a slew of international awards, Carolyn's baton has graced prestigious stages worldwide.
Click on Carolyn Watson's photo to see the full biography.

Music Programme

Elena Kats-Chernin

  • Dance of the Paper Umbrellas

Zoltán Kodály

  • Dances of Galánta

Antonín Dvořák

  • Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88
  1. Allegro con brio
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegretto grazioso – molto vivace
  4. Allegro, ma non troppo

Concert Programme:

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Concert Review:

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Photo Credit: Chrissy Maguire