Symphony Under the Stars

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 2 August | GPC Marina Stage

5:30pm – Roving Pre-show entertainment

7pm – Queensland Symphony Orchestra Symphony Under the Stars concert, Sounds from the Deep.


Water – sometimes peaceful, sometimes turbulent, always captivating.

You will experience all of this as Queensland Symphony Orchestra transports you into the world of water – a small trickle that transforms into a flowing river, a royal barge gliding down the Thames, the frozen expanses of Antarctica, and of course, the one and only Beautiful Blue Danube. Join us for a memorable evening as our musicians conjure up all these images and more.

For the seventh consecutive year Queensland Symphony Orchestra will perform Symphony Under the Stars presented by Gladstone Regional Council and Australia Pacific LNG ConocoPhillips with a free music concert, Sounds from the Deep at the GPC Marina stage on August 2.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra is renowned for its high quality, breathtaking performances of both classical and modern compositions that engage audiences of diverse musical tastes, interests and ages.

The Orchestra plays a vital role in Queensland’s cultural community, educating; mentoring aspiring performers; touring regional centres; broadcasting and performing with state, national and international ballet and opera companies.

Each year, Queensland Symphony Orchestra attracts the world’s best conductors and soloists as part of its acclaimed concert season, in addition to presenting unique blockbuster events.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra is passionate about commissioning innovative new programs and Australian works and continues to invest in collaborations, recordings and digital initiatives.

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

After the concert we would love to get your feedback on your experience.

Complete our short survey and go in the running to win a double pass to see Troy Cassar-Daley in his ‘Legend and the Locals’ performance at GECC,  August 24.


Conductor  Guy Noble
Soloist Karin Schaupp, Guitar

SMETANA Vltava (The Moldau), from Ma vlast

HANDEL Suite No.1 in F major, HWV 348, from Water Music

  1. Bourre
  2. Hornpipe

WESTLAKE Antarctica: Suite for Orchestra and Guitar

  1. The Last Place on Earth
  2. Penguin Ballet

MYERS Cavatina from The Deer Hunter

BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, op.33a

III. Moonlight: Andante comodo e rubato

  1. STRAUSS JR. An der schönen blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), op.314

TCHAIKOVSKY Finale Act IV from Swan Lake, op.20

No.28 Odette Offended

No.29 Finale

BADELT Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl

Local Prodigy Students

Queensland Symphony Orchestra  honorary members

Jade Rankin, Violin 1 – Tannum Sands State High School

Talia Clow, Violin 2 – Tannum Sands State High School

Andrew Campbell, Viola – Tannum Sands State High School

Kelsey Ingham, Cello – Gladstone State High School

Jade Barwick, Double Bass – Tannum Sands State High School

Logan Nutley, Oboe – Tannum Sands State High School

Nathan Jacob, Trombone – Toolooa State High School

Chris Benson, Tuba -Toolooa State High School

Guy Noble, Conductor

Guy Noble has had a long association with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, having first worked with the Orchestra in 1994. He has been host of the Music on Sundays series since 2005 and conducted the Orchestra in many other concerts in QPAC, Cairns, Townsville and the Gold Coast. When he isn’t with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Guy Noble also performs with the other major orchestras around the country.  He also has worked with the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic (in Music of John Williams) and the Auckland Philharmonic in their Unwrap the Classics series, and the Bergen Philharmonic as part of the Bergen Festival.  He is also host and conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Classics Unwrapped series at the Adelaide Town Hall.

Guy Noble is the host and accompanist each year for Great Opera Hits (Opera Australia) in the Joan Sutherland Theatre of the Sydney Opera House. His Opera! The Opera will be performed as part of the inaugural season of Coast Opera Australia in December.

Guy Noble has worked with a wide variety of international performers with orchestras across Australia, including Harry Connick Jnr, Ben Folds, The Beach Boys, The Pointer Sisters, Dianne Reeves, Glenn Frey, Randy Newman, Clive James, Conchita, The Two Cellos, Alfie Boe, and Olivia Newton John

He is also the host of Concert Hall on Qantas Radio.

Karin Schaupp, Soloist

Karin Schaupp is one of the most outstanding guitarists on the international scene, her playing hailed by the German press as “so perfect, so complete, that it seems like a miracle”.  In her teens she won prestigious international prizes in Italy and Spain, and is today sought after internationally as a recitalist, soloist and festival guest, making countless television and radio appearances.

Karin has released six best-selling solo CDs for Warner Music and ABC Classics as well as various award-winning ensemble and orchestral albums. Recent releases include Wayfaring (2018) with cellist Umberto Clerici, the ARIA-award winning Songs of the Latin Skies (2017) with Australian songstress Katie Noonan; Mosaic (2015) the first ever CD dedicated to guitar concertos by Australian composers; the ARIA nominated Fandango (2011) with Flinders Quartet; and Cradle Songs (2010), a collection of lullabies from around the world, all arranged for solo guitar.

Performance highlights include performing as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, some 150 performances of Lotte’s Gift, performances at a Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony, Goodwill Games Opening Ceremony, World Expo (Japan) and Hong Kong Arts Festival, and a Musica Viva International Concert Season tour with Pavel Steidl.

Karin is Head of Classical Guitar at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. She lives in Brisbane with her husband Giac and two young children.