Plenty going on at the Moncrieff

MORE great news for Bundaberg - through a Queensland Government grant the Moncrieff is included on the regional calendar for another fantastic simulcast on Saturday, November 8, at 7.30pm and it's a universal beauty, Journey through the Cosmos.

The simulcast is presented by the Bundaberg Regional Council and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and made possible by Arts Queensland through the Super Star Fund, a Queensland Government program that delivers super star performances exclusively to Queensland.

The entire concert will feature the specially commissioned Voyager Violin Concerto by Academy Award and Golden Globe winning composer Dario Marianelli, performed by legendary virtuoso violinist Jack Liebeck and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, together with Holst's The Planets Suite with accompanying magnificent visuals of the planets depicted through music performed by the Orchestra and The Australian Voices conducted by Maestro Johannes Fritzsch.

The concert has three elements: a presentation by Professor Brian Cox, the world premiere of the Voyager Violin Concerto, and The Planets Suite.

Brian Cox will introduce the world premiere of Marianelli's Concerto, and conduct a presentation about our universe and solar system between each movement of The Planets Suite.

This presentation will be illustrated with footage from the early 20th Century (as would have been familiar to Gustav Holst when he wrote this pioneering music).

Brian Cox will then contrast the music with imagery from our own time to reflect how much progress has been made in capturing the planets in our universe on film and he will also talk about what was known in Holst's time, and what is known now.

This spectacular simulcast is free of charge and will no doubt be a sellout, so come in to the Moncrieff and get your tickets.

Tickets are still available for the very funny Dave Hughes on Saturday, November 1, at 7.30pm. Hughesy has never performed at the Moncrieff before, so it's Bundaberg's chance to see him up close and personal. Tickets are $44.90 adult and $39.90 pensioners and students.

Bundaberg audiences are incredibly fortunate that simulcasts can now provide access to such quality performances available to regional Queensland. The Moncrieff Entertainment Centre recently hosted the Queensland Theatre Company's Black Diggers simulcast which was an outstanding success.

QTC has reported to the new venue supervisor, Bronte Morris, that Bundaberg was the most well attended of the statewide simulcasts, and to offer congratulations on the marketing to Bundaberg audiences. They also praised the Bundaberg community for supporting the event so well.

It was also very pleasing to report that such a diverse cross-section of the community attended.

We here at the Moncrieff thank you for your support as we continue to bring these cultural highlights to Bundaberg.

Movies beginning Friday, October 31:

  • Gone Girl rated MA15+ running time 2 hour 34 minutes.

Directed by David Fincher and based on the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn - unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage.

On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing.

Under pressure from the police and growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behaviour have everyone asking the same dark question. This is an intriguing film, the critics love it, however it is very violent and contains nudity, sex and bad language.

  • The Judge, rated M, running time 2 hours 27 minutes.

In The Judge, Robert Downey Jr stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town's judge (Robert Duvall), is suspected of murder, he sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

Film contains sexual references and bad language. Good story, easy to watch.