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Enjoy looking through our past events and get an idea of what to expect when visiting our concert! Looking forward to seeing you.



Sunday, 24 September 1:30pm at St. Monica's Cathedral
Cairns Youth Orchestra & Cairns Concert Orchestra present
Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat Minor Op.23
Rondo in B-flat Major WoO 6


Feast of Europe

Travel through Europe with Robert Johnstone and The Cairns Concert Orchestra to experience the diverse and beautiful music of the great European composers, while enjoying a two course sumptuous dinner with friends at the Pacific International Hotel.



Join us for an afternoon of Classical Favourites and a taste of the festive season, for the finale of the 2016 concert series.
From Strauss waltzes to Rossini's William Tell Overture  and more - a program that's sure to appeal.  The Orchestra will be joined by some of our very talented local vocalists - Cathy Knight, Ben Stock and Chris Burchin.  Audience participation with the combined Edge Hill choir for the ever popular Halleluiah chorus.


Dinner Concert "Maestros at the Movies"

This is an opportunity not to miss!
Come dressed as your favourite movie character and enjoy a superb two course meal in the beautiful Shangri-La Trinity Room with performances by the Cairns Concert Orchestra.
Prize for Best Dressed.



You will be toe tapping to Hoedowns and delighted by the contemporary sounds of American composers such as  Soon Hee Neebold, between 2 courses of a sumptuous dinner with friends.


CCO's Christmas Concert

Enjoy the sun rays shining through the stained glass windows as you listen to "Eine Kleine NachtMusik" composed by Mozart, "Brandenburg Concerto No. 3" by J.S. Bach & Bocherini's "minuet in E Major" to name a few. The concert  also featured 2 of Cairns' outstanding soloists Pianist Joanne Kemp & Soprano Cathy Knight and Port Douglas' very own choir.


Fandango Dinner Concert

Fandango Tango will be a superb night of taste-bud tempting food and toe-tapping rhythms from Pacific International Hotel chefs and Cairns Concert Orchestra musicians.
CCO Musical Directors Stella Massey OAM. Margery Duffy OAM & Robert Johnstone have each selected a fine array of Latin American melodies for the orchestra.
Guest artists will be Amy Stevens's Red Velvet Band and the dancers are the Cairns Tango Club performers.
Ticket price includes a 2 Course alternate drop main meal + desert to die for, along with tea/coffe. A cash bar will be available.
A great night's entertainment is ensured for all.

Empty Orchestra Stage

Red Cross
Sat Jun 16th

in partnership with the Red Cross the CCO proudly presents a fund raising event to help the community.

come and hear us play Mozart, the Barber of Seville, Gilbert and Sullivan and all the favourites.

tickets available through Ticketlink for $14 or purchase at the door.

you don't want to miss this one!!!!


Baroque to Broadway

"Baroque to Broadway" will take the audience on a musical journey. Highlights of the classical repertoire are featured - from Handel’s majestic “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” to Elgar’s  “Pomp and Circumstance March No 4”. When we arrival in “Broadway” the audience will recognise many famous works including themes from Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Musicals. Great music from the “Big Screen”  is represented also by the dramatic “Pirates of the Caribbean” .

Featuring soloist Damien Boicos (member of the popular duo Meridian) on flute and under the musical direction of Fiona Hamill (well known for conducting major Choral Society Productions) you will experience great show music, great classics, with a full orchestral sound - Baroque to Broadway will have something for everyone!



Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Paradise Concerts and Cairns Concert Orchestra present a special Festival program to close our season. Join them for a performance of the timeless beloved masterpiece, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with a live narration of the sonnets Vivaldi himself wrote to portray the musical ideas. The performance features soloists Kirtley Leigh Paine, violin, Gwyn Roberts, cello, and Jo-Anne Kemp, Harpsichord. The concert also features Cairns’ own Cairns Concert Orchestra, also celebrating 50 years, and the program continues with 2 further string orchestra giants -- also by Vivaldi -- the Concerto for 2 violins and cello, and the Concerto for 4 violins, each featuring additional soloists from the Cairns Concert Orchestra.
In their interpretation of the seasons, the musicians will focus on a tropical interpretation, portrayed musically for Cairns: Tropical Summer (relentless and humid), Monsoon (cyclonic and wet), Winter (cool and dry and clear, and Tradewinds (Southeasterlies promising gentle winds). It will be an afternoon of beautiful music to end the 50th season


Music of the Night
Sat May 21st

Celebrating music from diverse range of music styles - a stlyish accomplishment to wonderful cuisine.


Sun Mar 20th

Celebrating all things British in light of the upcoming royal wedding.

Empty Orchestra Stage

2011 Qld Disaster Appeal Fundraiser
Sat Feb 19th

Representatives of the orchestra play for a Cairns fundraising event to help out those affected by natural disasters.


Carnival of the Animals
Sun Aug 29th

Two world-renowned concert pianists, 2 grand pianos, a flute queen, a film star, a violinist, a harpsichord, and our very own Cairns Concert Orchestra will come together to perform for Cairns Festival- here in a musical concert on the same stage for the very first time!
The Carnival of the Animals is a concert of rare proportions- ranging from the intimacy and delicacy of Bach in his vivacious 5th Brandenburg Concerto for harpsichord, violin, flute and Chamber Orchestra, featuring some of the most exciting harpsichord music ever written, to the romantic charms of international flute sensation, Jane Rutter, in French repertoire of Ibert, Faure and Poulenc, and then reaching the culmination of this performance- a special treat for classical music lovers of all ages- Saint-Saens' exuberant work, The Carnival of The Animals for Orchestra, 2 piano soloists, and narrator.
In this music, performed by the Cairns Concert Orchestra and star piano soloists, Pascal and Ami Roge, wit and wry humour prevail. Acclaimed actress, Lillian Crombie, from the epic film Australia, joins the entire company on stage. Lillian narrates the poetry of Ogden Nash that accompanies 14 musical portraits of a menagerie of critters.
Through the music and poetry, we march with regal lions, swim with dolphins, and laugh at donkeys braying. No Australian performance would be complete without kangaroos, and of course, the beloved solo cello makes a spotlight appearance, as the stately swan. Musical jokes abound!



We will have a concert at ATHERTON this weekend!


Saturday, 20 October


3:00 at Atherton State Hight School Auditorium

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