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WAVE Festival: Luka Lesson with Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Presented by Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Queensland Symphony Orchestra joins forces with poet Luka Lesson, composer Heather Shannon (The Jezabels), composer Gordon Hamilton and conductor Sarah-Grace Williams for an evening of exhilarating new music for chamber orchestra.

Classically-trained rock star composer Heather Shannon opens the program with an original new work titled Study in Morbid Fragments, which explores the struggle between the truths and falsehoods told by those in power. Alongside her ARIA award-winning work with The Jezabels, Heather Shannon has composed film music, orchestral works and chamber music. This is her first collaboration with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Next up, Australian poet of Greek heritage, Luka Lesson applies his unique blend of performance poetry and lyricism; dissecting the legacy and effect left by Major General Lachlan Macquarie on the Australian communities, in a collaboration with composer Gordon Hamilton, who is co-creator of several previous hit shows for Queensland Symphony Orchestra with beatboxer Tom Thum and producer Sampology.

Closing the show is American composer John Adams’ contemporary classic Chamber Symphony, written way back in 1992. Inspired by Schoenberg’s work of the same name and the hyperactive music of old school 1950s children’s cartoons, John Adams’ music will send you home on a high!


“Engaging, crafted, dynamic, creative and thoughtful... This is just the kind of savvy programming that gives classical music a good name. More please.

Limelight Magazine

Luka is a genuine artist of high quality whose poetry is powerful and poignant. I salute his prophetic witness!

Dr Cornel West

Luka Lesson is a sonic literary genius, and THAT is what I love.

Taylor Mali four-time National Poetry Slam Champion and former president of Poetry Slam, Inc.


About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm every day.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants; Bar Alto and Watt Restaurant + Bar. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

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See an exhibition
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Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

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