to the earth // to the sky

a special two-night event

Queensland Music Festival 2017

Camerata – Queensland's Chamber Orchestra

dark, brooding, bright, beguiling :: to the earth // to the sky will set you on two epic journeys full of contrast

Over two consecutive nights, Argo teams up with Queensland Music Festival and Camerata – Queensland's Chamber Orchestra, transforming two of Brisbane's unique landmarks and creating a dramatic double-concert experience.

$55 Two-Concert Pass
Single Tickets: $30 to the earth // $40 to the sky

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to the earth

music for string quartet + cavernous spaces

Spring Hill Reservoir
8 July 2017  |  7pm

Camerata – Queensland's Chamber Orchestra

rich, raw, propulsive, explosive :: to the earth drives you to the edges of your seat in its descent to the depths

Following from a sold out concert in 2016, Argo returns to one of our favourite venues, underground in Brisbane's heritage-listed Spring Hill Reservoir. Eerie yet chillingly beautiful, the maze-like chambers set the scene for a night full of intensity and edge, featuring a quartet of players from the Camerata and live visuals by Bec Todd. 

The program includes the Australian premiere of John Luther Adams' sonorous Canticles of to Sky, the motoric patterns of a newly commissioned string quartet by Chris Perren, Philip Glass' post-minimal masterpiece fifth string quartet, and the sheer combustible energy of Connor D'Netto's award-winning second quartet.

$55 Two-Concert Pass
Single Tickets: $30 

Doors 6.30pm • Concert 7pm

John Luther Adams   Canticles to the Sky^
Chris Perren   a luminous moment, unfolded*
Philip Glass   String Quartet No. 5
Connor D'Netto   String Quartet No. 2 in E minor

Bec Todd   live visuals

^ Australian premiere
* World premiere, commissioned by argo in 2017

approx. 60 minutes total running time


to the sky

music for strings, synths + stars

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
9 July 2017  |  two sessions: 6pm + 8pm

Camerata – Queensland's Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Green + Connor D'Netto + Joshua Rivory 

mesmerising, intoxicating, breathtaking, exhilarating :: to the sky dissolves the world around you and ascends through the far reaches of the cosmos

In what is sure to be one of the highlights of our 2017 concerts, Argo teams up with the Camerata and the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium to present a spectacular journey through our universe and beyond. 

Set under the Planetarium's Cosmic Sky Dome, the concert features the string orchestra spread across the space to completely surround the room, and surround sound electronics and synths, with visuals filling the entire space created custom for this event by the Planetarium's curators. This heady mix of cosmic visuals, lush contemporary classical strings, and rich analogue and searing digital synths combines to create a unique concert-length work, newly commissioned by Argo in 2017, written by a collective of young local composers, lead by Connor D'Netto, Thomas Green and Joshua Rivory.

$55 Two-Concert Pass
Single Tickets: $40

Doors 5.30pm • Concert, two sessions: 6pm + 8pm

new commission*
collaboratively written by a collective of young local composers

* World premiere, commissioned by argo in 2017

approx. 60 minutes total running time


Spring Hill Reservoir

226 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill QLD 4000
(next to the old windmill)

Please note: This venue is suitable for patrons of all ages who are fit and able to descend stairs into the Spring Hill Reservoir performance space. We recomend bringing a warm coat or blanket as the venue can be quite chilly in winter. Also, please wear inclosed shoes.

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, Mount Coot-tha Rd, Toowong QLD 4066

Please note: This venue is not suitable for children under the age of 6. There is a strict lockout in place for each session of this event, with no admission once the concert has begun. Patrons who require wheelchair access are asked to contact Argo before purchasing tickets.

presenting partners

Brisbane City Council

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Coot-tha