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The Fortitude Music Hall & Brisbane Symphony Orchestra have revealed the series’ first two performances with contemporary acts, Vera Blue and The Smith Street Band for Strings Attached.
Kicking off the series is ARIA-nominated artist Vera Blue, known for her ethereal stage presence and soaring vocals. Playing on Friday 26th March the set will combine Vera’s folk-tinged moody electronica with traditional string accompaniment from the BSO, and The Fortitude Music Hall’s grand acoustics. The performance will be a continuation of the musicians exploration of orchestral backing, following on from her Everything Is Wonderful // An Orchestral Experience at the Sydney Coliseum Theatre.
The Brisbane Symphony Orchestra will be led by Conductor Emeritus Antoni Bonetti, the Orchestra conductor and violinist. Antoni Bonetti says, "What an honour and privilege to support the Wonderful Voice of Vera Blue, with her songs of magic and charisma. With BSO players, I am pleased to be able to accompany such songs as ‘Edelweiss” and ‘Xanadu’ to provide Vera with the orchestral colour that is so essential to be able to ‘love tomorrow’”.
The Smith Street Band will also play with BSO, on Saturday 22nd May. Starting their 2021 returning to the stage after their fifth studio album 'Don’t Waste Your Anger' debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album Charts. The Melbourne band will bring to the stage their high energy, rhythmic guitars and trademark vocals,fusing string orchestra with contemporary rock, to create a unique musical experience.
The Smith Street Band's leading man, Wil Wagner tells us, “Ever since I heard Smashing Pumpkins’ orchestral rock classic 'Tonight, Tonight' I’ve always dreamt of getting the chance to play with a symphony orchestra! The way the strings and horns blend with distorted guitars and yelled vocals is exciting and unique and very powerful! I can’t wait to hear the timpanis double floor toms, the cellos under distorted bass and the wall of noise made by our guitars and the orchestra’s strings! These shows are gonna be very special, Brisbane we cannot wait!”
Members pre-sale begin Thursday 11 February, 9am AEST - Friday 12 February, 8am AEST. General public tickets are on sale Friday 12 February, 9am AEST
THE FORTITUDE MUSIC HALL PRESENTS STRINGS ATTACHED
with Brisbane Symphony Orchestra
Friday 26 March 2021
THE SMITH STREET BAND
Saturday 22 May 2021