august, 2021

27aug7:00 pmSymphony Under the Stars


(Friday) 7:00 pm


Gladstone Ports Corporation Marina Parklands

Event Details

Queensland Symphony Orchestra returns to Gladstone for their annual Symphony Under the Stars concert

Presented by Gladstone Regional Council and Australia Pacific LNG operated by ConocoPhillips


Friday, 27 August 2021

Roving entertainment from 5.30pm

Concert 7pm

Venue: Gladstone Marina Parklands Stage

Admission: FREE, bookings not required


Residents are encouraged to take along chairs or a blanket to the family-friendly event with food and beverage vendors on site.

Available from 5.30pm tasty treats from:
Piping Hot Woodfire Pizzas
Chip Wagon
Ownsys Retro Café
Wayneo’s Aussie Ice Cream


Symphony Under the Stars: Around the World

Visit Finland and marvel at Sibelius’ icy soundscapes, step into a bustling Bohemian village and enjoy Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, and feel the magic of Totoro, one’s of Japan’s most-loved animated characters.

There is also music by Handel, Sculthorpe, Ravel and much more.

Conducted by Peter Luff and presented by French horn player Vivienne Collier-Vickers.

Now in its ninth consecutive year, Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Under the Stars is presented by Gladstone Regional Council and Australia Pacific LNG ConocoPhillips. Local Gladstone high school students will join the orchestra in an exciting opening to the program.



COPLAND   Fanfare for the Common Man

ROSSINI   William Tell Overture and ‘Galop’

BRUCH   Romance in F major, for Viola & Orchestra

DVOŘÁK   Slavonic Dances Op. 72, No.7

GRIEG   In the Hall of the Mountain King’ from Peer Gynt

TCHAIKOVSKY   ‘March’ and ‘Danse russ trepak’ from The Nutcracker

HANDEL   Royal Fireworks Music, HWV 351

BORODIN   In the Steppes of Central Asia

HISAISHI   My Neighbour Totoro


SHARPE   Blades of Toledo

SIBELIUS   Finlandia, Op.26



West Australian born Peter Luff has had a diverse and vibrant conducting career encompassing Symphonic repertoire, Opera and Chamber music. Among the orchestras and ensembles he has conducted are the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Opera Queensland Chorus, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra brass ensemble, Bangalow Festival Orchestra, Brisbane Philharmonic, Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, and the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony/Opera Orchestras.

… He (Luff) marshalled both his orchestral and choral forces with care and precision, his strong technique well-honed to manage the contrasting musical styles of the work. His was an intelligent and professionally polished interpretation, with a clear beat that helped shape and direct the concert. Limelight Magazine – Verdi Requiem QPAC 2018

Peter has had a long and distinguished career as a professional horn player, playing as Associate Principal Horn with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and performing as guest principal/solo horn with orchestras and ensembles including the Australian World Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists and is a member of the Queensland Conservatorium ensemble in residence Ensemble Q. He has performed as a soloist in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Korea, Japan and the United States.

Peter is currently Head of Performance and Associate Professor in Horn at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.



Originally from Melbourne, Vivienne Collier-Vickers studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and subsequently in Canberra with Hector McDonald. While studying she worked with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Victoria as well as recordings for film and television. Whilst Vivienne plays a lot of orchestral music she also enjoys playing the ‘commercial gigs’ backing big name artists and bands.

As well as playing the horn in the QSO she has also devoted many years to presenting Education and Preschool concerts. She has a passion for music education and bringing the wonders of the Symphony Orchestra to Queensland’s youth and developing and nurturing our future audiences.
As a horn player, she loves the music of Richard Strauss and Mahler and loves the challenge of performing Mozart’s operas, but for listening she’s a fan of early music and classical instrumental music.

Originally planning on moving back to Melbourne after just a few years in Brisbane, Vivienne has been with the QSO for over 30 years after joining Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 1991.