Hues of green and blue set the scene for a spellbinding concert, Dreams and Visions presented by the Southern Cross Soloists, programmed after the postponement of July’s scheduled concert due to the Queensland COVID lockdown. The more formal Concert Hall seating also replaced the usual intimate setting of the audience surrounding the stage, and several musicians had to be substituted because of the continuing border restrictions. Fortunately, where there is a will, there is a way, as they say, and due to the adaptability of the performers and the support of QPAC, the show went ahead. 

Southern Cross Soloists

Dreams and Visions, Southern Cross Soloists. Photo © Darren Thomas


James Wannan was replaced by Queensland Symphony Orchestra tutti violist, Nicole Greentree, and clarinettist Ashley Smith was replaced by Paul Dean, the founding  Artistic Director of the Southern Cross Soloists, and the Artistic Director of Ensemble Q. Accomplished soloist and recitalist Susan Collins was also a last-minute substitute for the injured QSO violinist, Alan Smith. Despite the postponements and substitutions, the Southern Cross Soloists delivered a sublime...