Musical Portraits – 10th July 2016

John Curro and Hugh Won reunite in “Musical Portraits”

The Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra (NRSO) warmly welcomes John Curro AM MBE to conduct their winter concert ‘Musical Portraits’ on Sunday 10th July.  Through a career as violist, teacher, conductor and director of music, Mr Curro has gained legendary status and is one of the most respected musicians in Australia.  He has recorded and performed live broadcasts for the ABC and has toured nationally and internationally as a soloist and conductor.

John Curro is the founder (1966) and director of the Queensland Youth Orchestra (QYO) – now the Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra (QYSO).  He has inspired thousands of young musicians in Australia and internationally throughout his career.  Under his artistic leadership, the QYSO has built a reputation as one of the world’s finest youth orchestras.  Now in his eighth decade, Mr Curro’s commitment to young musicians whom he teaches and mentors remains undiminished.

Joining Mr Curro on stage is soloist Hugh Won who will play the beautifully romantic Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1.  Mr Won was only 17 years old when he won the National Youth Concerto Competition under the baton of Mr Curro, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.  Hugh studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra and he is currently a member of the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra and the NRSO.  He is also an orthopaedic surgeon in the Gold Coast-Tweed region.

The program starts with Rossini’s playful Overture from L’italiana in Algeri followed by the Bruch and then Brahms’ masterpiece, Symphony No 4 in E minor.  The NRSO look forward to seeing you at this most exciting concert.

The concert will be at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Brett Street, Tweed Heads on Sunday 10th July 2016 at 2.30pm.