Media Release – Primavera (Spring)

Saturday 6 October 2012
6.30pm Champagne & Canapes, 7.30pm Concert
The Arts Centre Gold Coast – Paradise Showroom

The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra with Resident Conductor Mark Turpin is pleased to announce that Peter Luff, Associate Principal French Horn, Queensland Symphony Orchestra will be joining forces with 60 of our Gold Coast Orchestral Musicians to present a unique event at the Gold Coast Arts Centre.

Enjoy all the glamour of “Primavera”, with champagne and canapes on arrival at the Paradise Showroom followed by a concert of classic greats in an all-inclusive event on Saturday 6 October from 6.30pm.

Conductor Mark Turpin explains “ With the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra being made up of all local musicians who enjoy playing, performing and being challenged, I have welcomed Peter to our orchestra for a series of rehearsals to challenge and inspire the players and to bring a program of high quality music selected by Peter and one of our members Camillio Manricks, cello, who is a retired member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Peter Luff is conducting a series of concerts for the QSO’s Northern Tour this year and will be conducting our orchestra as well as performing as soloist for the Mozart Concert Rondo, a very well known and well loved work.” Mark adds that “ included in the concert is a brass fanfare personally selected by Peter for our trumpet, trombone, tuba players and our six regular french horn players.”

With a program of Mozart’s Concert Rondo featuring Peter Luff as soloist, Haydn’s London Symphony, Strauss’ Voices of Spring, The Thieving Magie Overture by Rossini, The First Day of Spring by Leroy Anderson and a glorious French Brass Fanfare from La Peri by Paul Dukas featuring all our brass players and Peter Luff on French Horn, celebrate Spring and book now at the Arts Centre Box Office 5588 4000 or online here.

The Program:
Thieving Magpie Overture – Rossini
Concert Rondo – KV 371 Peter Luff Soloist – Mozart
Voices of Spring – Strauss
First Day of Spring – Leroy Anderson
Fanfare pour Preceder La Peri – Paul Dukas (Brass Fanfare)
Symphony No 104 (London No 7 D major) – Haydn

Complimentary refreshments will be provided on arrival when guests can mingle and chat with the musicians.

Tickets can be booked at The Arts Centre Gold Coast Box Office in person, by phone 5588 4000 or
online here. Adult $43, Concession/student $38, Friend of the Philharmonic $35, Children under 15 $25, includes welcome drink, canapés and concert.

Peter Luff
Born in Perth, Western Australia PETER LUFF developed an interest in the French Horn after receiving a music scholarship to attend Churchlands Senior High School as part of their “Special Music” program. After finishing school he moved to Adelaide to continue his study at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium.

In 1986 Peter graduated with First Class Honours and moved to Brisbane to take up a position with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. During his time as a professional horn player Peter has performed with many orchestras and ensembles: including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, State Opera Orchestra of South Australia, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Southern Cross Soloists.

As a conductor Peter has directed the University of Queensland Brass Ensemble, the Queensland Conservatorium Brass Ensemble and Brass Soloists, South Bank Wind Ensemble, University of Queensland Brass Ensemble, Macgregor Summer School Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Peter has tutored horn at many institutions and music camps including the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Korean National University of the Arts, University of Arkansas USA, Kobe City Brass Bands Association Japan, University of Southern Queensland’s Macgregor Summer School and Education Queensland’s Musically Outstanding Students camp. As an Adjudicator, Peter has worked with Eisteddfods all over Australia including adjudication for The Australian Academy of Music and Education Queensland’s Fanfare competition. From 2002-2004 he was Deputy Director of External Relations – Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. Peter continues to pursue a busy teaching, performing and conducting schedule both locally and internationally.

He is the associate Principal Horn of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and senior lecturer in French
Horn at the Queensland Conservatorium.

Mark Turpin – Conductor, Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra

Queensland born and educated, Mark Turpin has been involved with the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra as oboe player since 1987 and as conductor since 2000. He has conducted the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra in over 30 concert programs. Mark was awarded a place in the 2005 Symphony Australia’s Conductor Development Program and had the pleasure of being one of 14 conductors in Australia to work with renowned conductor Graham Abbott.

Mark has been oboist with the Gold Coast Arts Orchestra productions including the Australian premiere production of “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Sweeney Todd” under Kellie Dickerson Conductor and with the late Rob Guest and was the Musical Director and Conductor of the Gold Coast Arts Centre’s Production of “Broadway in Concert”. Mark has also conducted several performances of the professional production of “Carousel” at the Twelfth Night Theatre in Brisbane.

Mark is the recipient of the Gold Coast Honours Awards, Entertainment section in 2009 and has accepted,
on behalf of the Orchestra, the Cultural Achievement Award nomination at the 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011
Australia Day Awards. Currently Mark is Head of Music at the Queensland Academy for Health Sciences.

Pam Lowry, Events Coordinator and Performer member, Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra
Phone: 0499 974 668