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March is Music Month at QPAC

QPAC is the place to be this March for music from across the world, genres and decades, as some of the world's best musicians grace the stage of the Concert Hall.

By 96five Tuesday 18 Jan 2022MusicReading Time: 3 minutes

Main Image: Brisbane vocal powerhouse Katie Noonan (Cybele Malinowski)

From pop, rock and swing to Broadway hits, orchestra and opera, Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) Concert Hall will be chockers with something for all music fans this March.

The month of music kicks off with celebrated Queensland artist Katie Noonan presenting Joni Mitchell’s Blue, accompanied by a stellar six-piece band, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this landmark album on 1 March 2022.

Five-time ARIA Award-winning artist, Noonan is regarded as one of Australia’s most versatile and prolific artists. Named one of the greatest Australian singers of all time (Herald Sun), Noonan has produced 20 studio albums throughout her career, with seven times platinum record sales under her belt and 27 ARIA Award nominations spanning diverse genres.

Noonan describes Mitchell’s artistry and music genius as unparalleled, and credits Blue as an album that unequivocally changed her life.

Katie Noonan – Joni Mitchell’s Blue will be a special concert that is not-to-be missed by Joni Mitchell fans and lovers of music and poetry alike – tickets are on sale now.


Following on 2 March 2022 the Concert Hall will host East Meets West Orchestral Concert featuring Queensland Symphony Orchestra and led by revered music maestro Dane Lam.

Combining traditional and contemporary music from the East and West, the sublime program includes the acclaimed Chinese classics Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and the Yellow River Piano Concerto, alongside other enchanting works.

The star-studded list of artists includes one of Australia’s top pianists, winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition, Tony Lee; accomplished violinist, Sun Yi; Associate Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Brisbane-born mezzo soprano, Victoria Lambourn; soprano from Opera Australia, Sharon Zhai; and leading Sydney-based Guzheng musician, Angie Liu.


Philip Quast and Anne-Maree McDonald (supplied).

On 6 March 2022, Philip Quast, one of Australia’s best-loved and most internationally recognised performers, will present an intimate wrap up of his stories from a lifetime in the theatre, in an eclectic blend of songs accompanied by his good friend Anne-Maree McDonald at the piano.

A true star with a four-decade career spanning musicals, plays, film and television, Philip first won the hearts of Australians who grew up watching Play School. Winner of three Laurence Olivier Awards for his roles in Sunday In The Park with George (Donmar Warehouse), South Pacific (National Theatre) and The Fix (Donmar Warehouse), Philip shot to prominence when he appeared as Javert in the original 1987 Australian production of Les Mise?rables – a role he later reprised on the West End and at The Royal Albert Hall.

The performance by this acclaimed musical theatre star as he returns to QPAC’s Concert Hall stage is set to bring the house down.


The musical fun continues on 16 March 2022 with The Celebration of Swing, a spectacular concert honouring the famous American Big Band leaders and their orchestras from the 1940s, the golden era of swing.

The concert will feature John Morrison’s Swing City; 15 musicians and esteemed singers; Gregg Arthur and Jacki Cooper with special guest star, James Morrison.

The concert’s repertoire will highlight the music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and many more. The music is still recognised after 85 years; timeless icons of our musical heritage.

Musical Director of the concert, John Morrison, is recognised as one of Australia’s leading jazz drummers and band leaders.

An afternoon of nostalgic and unforgettable music from the greatest big bands of the 1940s!


The month of music in March at QPAC closes on a high note as Opera Queensland’s Season 2022 opens with The Sopranos from 29 March to 2 April 2022, a new commission by writer Sarah Holland-Batt, celebrating the bold and rebellious roles women have played throughout the history of opera.

Shining a light on some of the greatest dramatic moments in the repertoire, The Sopranos will challenge assumptions, inviting audiences to experience these unforgettable women anew, with a stellar cast including Deborah Cheetham, Lisa Harper-Brown, Eva Kong, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Jose? Carbo? and the Opera Queensland Chorus. The Sopranos is conducted by Jessica Gethin and presented in association with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.