These candlelight concerts sound enchanting.
As summer draws closer, we’re on the lookout for outdoor experiences to make the most of our balmy weather under the stars because summer nights are best spent surrounded by friends as the sun dips below the horizon. Luckily, in Brisbane, we’re graced with plenty of stunning outdoor spaces where we can sit back and watch the sun go down.
But to make the most of these spaces, it helps to have some live music to whisk you off into the night, which is where Fever’s wildly popular Concerts by Candlelight series come in. After enormous success around the world — in cities like Paris and New York — it’s now Brisbane’s turn to be enchanted.
This summer, Brisbane’s Candlelight Concerts will take place on the lawns at Events on Oxlade, where the sounds of Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi, and Chopin will fill the air before floating over the river. And if vintage classical music isn’t quite your jam, then soundtrack your night with musical scores from famous films like Harry Potter, Forrest Gump, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Kicking off the series on 21 and 22 December will be a very special Candlelight Christmas edition performed by Angel Strings, a Brisbane-based quartet who have played across Australia and the world with the likes of Guy Sebastian and Archie Roach. Individually, they have also shared stages with Andrea Bocelli, Kanye West, and Eminem. Come along to hear selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker as well as a range of everyone’s favourite Christmas carols like Santa Clause Is Coming To Town and Deck The Halls.
In the new year, on 12 and 13 January, Angel Strings will return to Events on Oxlade to perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, which will in turn be followed by nights filled with the music of movie soundtracks by Ennio Morricone, John Williams and others on 19 and 20 January before Beethoven’s and Mozart’s best works take to the stage in February and March.
Pianist Alex Ranieri, who is also the artistic director of the annual Brisbane Music Festival, will also perform Mozart’s best works in March but if you can’t wait till then, you can catch his virtuosity at playing Chopin in February.
The Candlelight Concerts take place twice each night with two back to back 60-65 minute performances. With concerts at 6:3opm and 8:30pm, you can opt for either a pre-dinner show or round off your evening with an unforgettable night of music as the sun sinks below the horizon.
Please note that seating for the first performance takes place at dusk, so the space will not be quite as dark. However, the candles, which are flameless for the safety of the audience, will begin to shine brighter as night envelopes the stage.
Then you can relax and enjoy a session of stirring music magic, all within a socially distanced, open-air space that sends music across the water and soaring into the night sky.