University of Southern Queensland‘s (USQ) Artsworx presents 2018’s Cabaret music project Moon of Baker Street which will feature USQ’s Bachelor of Creative Arts music students performing a night of songs inspired by the moon, held at the USQ Arts Theatre from Thursday 18 to Friday 19 October.
In addition to tunes from a range of artists, USQ Music Lecturer Helen Russell says the evening will also feature a few originals from students. “There are some metaphors that songwriters just keep coming back to and the moon is one of the evergreens,” said Helen. “When I was a child growing up in the 70s in Toowoomba, my mother Peg put together a show for the Junior Choral Society which gathered together songs about the moon. Forty-plus years later, I have taken the same idea for our second year student cabaret-style show.”
Audience members will be able to enjoy songs from musical luminaries such as Paul Simon, David Bowie, and The Rolling Stones. Music student singer/songwriter Gene Clarke is set to debut his very own song at this years cabaret. “The Frontier Past the Moon is a song about how the moon was the first step in what’s hopefully a series of solar and lunar exploration,” he said.
The cabaret project is the culmination of a semester of collaborative music practice for USQ’s second year music students. It provides an opportunity for them to experience the process of creating a show from scratch, something they will no doubt be required to do throughout their careers.