Music at USC Concert Series 2019 is generously supported by Noelene Shadforth.
Exquisite Sultry Jazz
Thursday 31 January 12-1pm
Join USC Artistic Director, Music, Sean O’Boyle AM, for a concert of exquisite Jazz, featuring Robyn Brown, an elegant sassy singer with sultry, heartfelt passion. Robyn is a vocalist who is truly a member of the band and plays off the musicians as they all share in the joy of discovery and creativity in their improvisation. Sean and Robyn will be joined by Peter Walters (bass) and Marnix van Bruggen (piano).
Bringing Booty Back
Thursday 14 February 12-1pm
Three of the Sunshine Coast's most loved performers have united to form the all-female powerhouse trio, The Kitty Kats. Renowned vocalists Michelle Brown, Susanne Campbell and Renae Suttie bring a sassy mix of three-part acapella harmonies, cabaret, swing, blues and rockabilly.
Celebrating Clara: Muses Trio
Thursday 14 March 12-1pm
The Muses Trio celebrates the 200th anniversary of Clara Schumann's 200th birth with a performance of spoken word, diary extracts and her personal piano trio fragmented and reconstructed with music by female composers inspired by her legacy as a pianist, virtuoso, composer, wife to an unstable genius, and mother to eight.
Muses Piano Trio are Christa Powell (violin), Louise King (cello) and Therese Milanovic (piano). They are some of Australia’s leading and most exciting musicians in contemporary classical music, known for their edgy, spine-tingling performance style.
Renae Suttie and Friends
Thursday 28 March 12-1pm
Renae Suttie is happiest when she is on stage and has been performing professionally for the past 27 years. She has worked the international 5-star hotel circuit extensively in countries such as Japan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Fiji, Kuala Lumpur, New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
On the local scene, Renae performs regularly for both the corporate and public market as a soloist and with groups The Kitty Kats, The Swing Collective, Sakura, Swing Central Big Band and Savvy. She is also engaged regularly as a backing vocalist and has supported artists such as Daryl Braithwaite, Rhonda Burchmore, Wendy Matthews, The Eurogliders, Ross Wilson, Richard Clapton, Jon English, Doug Parkinson, John Stevens, Joe Camilleri and Marcia Hines.
USC High Performance Music Students
Thursday 11 April 12-1pm
The spotlight shines on USC High Performance Music Students as they present acoustic versions of their original songs. These students have what it takes to make it in the music industry so you had best come see them before they get too famous.
Suzanne Kompass and Trevor Jones
Thursday 2 May 12-1pm
USC's Director of Vocal Arts, Moravian College Visiting Artist & platinum recording artist, Suzanne Kompass, is an extraordinarily versatile performer whose talent encompasses all genres of music with equal facility, whether Opera, Operetta, Art-Song or the classics of Broadway. Suzanne made her New York Philharmonic debut at the age of 19 and has never looked back.
Trevor Jones is a multifaceted musician based in Melbourne, Australia. He was the recipient of the 2011 Brian Stacey Award for Emerging Australian Conductors and is currently the Artistic Director of CitiOpera (formerly Melbourne City Opera). Trevor is a Guild Award nominated musical director who has worked with a number of companies to produce high quality musical theatre performances and has regularly worked as in improviser with Spontaneous Broadway, Random Musical and Impromptunes.
MIMMA Musical Theatre Superstars
Thursday 23 May 12-1pm
Direct from their starring roles in MIMMA, Musical Theatre’s new darling, these international superstars are appearing in concert in a not to be missed lunch-time of glorious song.
USC Director of Vocal Arts, Moravian College Visiting Artist & platinum recording artist, Suzanne Kompass, is an extraordinarily versatile performer whose talent encompasses all genres of music with equal facility, whether Opera, Operetta, Art-Song or the classics of Broadway. Suzanne made her New York Philharmonic debut at the age of 19 and has never looked back.
Jason Barry-Smith has performed in some of Opera Queensland’s most successful productions including Pish-Tush in The Mikado, Count Danilo Danilowitsch in The Merry Widow, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Doctor Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Guglielmo in Così fan Tutte, and Dandini in Cinderella.
She's known to millions around the world as the 'Angel of Australia', the name given to her by the famous Dutch violinist, André Rieu. Mirusia is an Australian born Soprano with Dutch heritage. With 12 years of extensive international touring and successful concerts under her belt, Mirusia is one of the most sought-after sopranos in the world. Her albums always place highly on the ARIA Album and DVD chart rankings, with numerous albums and DVDs reaching the number one position on the Pop, Classical Crossover and Music DVD Charts in Australia. Her last album From the Heart also sold exceptionally well in Europe and Australia and her new album A Salute to The Seekers was launched in January 2019.
Thursday 6 June 12-1pm
Extraordinary violist, Raquel Bastos, invited guest violinist, Annette Barbara-Vogel, from Avie Records and the Western University in Canada are presenting exciting repertoire; including violin/viola duets, Brahms piano quartet and music of Sean O’Boyle.
Annette-Barbara Vogel’s rich international performing career has featured her as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in over thirty countries across six continents. Considered one of the finest German violinists of her generation, she is known for her 'authoritative and highly sensitive performances,' and 'formidable technique, stunning musicality, and stage presence that transmits to orchestra and audience alike.'
They are joined by special guests Suzanne Kompass (Platinum Recording Artist and USC Director of Vocal Arts) and USC Artistic Director of Music, Sean O’Boyle AM.
Thursday 20 June 12-1pm
From energetic rhythms to nostalgic melodies, virtuosic playing to sentimental harmonies, Camaron De La Vega combines Flamenco, Afro-Cuban, Latin American, Jazz and Contemporary music to express a unique musical journey through both composition and a new twist on traditional music from around the globe.
Camaron is joined by Yioda Wilson who has worked as Principal Dancer in productions such as; Torreo, Carmen, Bolero, Salome, Bodas de Sangre, in addition to many Tablao style shows. Also joining them are Suzanne Kompass (Platinum Recording Artist and USC Director of Vocal Arts) and USC Artistic Director of Music, Sean O’Boyle AM.