GLASS EXPERT: World-renowned glass authority Andy McConnell will be special guest at two events with QUT Art Museum.
GLASS EXPERT: World-renowned glass authority Andy McConnell will be special guest at two events with QUT Art Museum. Jeremy Walker

What's on in Brisbane this month

BBC TV's popular Antiques Roadshow

Andy McConnell, a world renowned glass authority and the first glass specialist recruited to BBC TV's popular Antiques Roadshow will be special guest at two events with QUT Art Museum. Andy's expertise on the subject, combined with his charisma and humour, will ensure these events attract large crowds.

These free events coincide with the exhibition GLASS: Art Design Architecture at QUT Art Museum, and are supported by Jam Factory and QUT Institute for Future Environments (QUT IFE). Join Andy McConnell for an entertaining afternoon of insights into this mesmerising material.In show-and-tell style, Andy will identify and demystify a selection of historic glass objects.

Mini-roadshow: Glass with Andy McConnell; Saturday, February 11, noon to 1.30pm.

Lecture: The Impact of Glass with Andy McConnell; Friday, February 10, noon to 1pm; Old Government House.

Book: Free, but bookings essential. Go to

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

A 70th anniversary is cause for the biggest of celebrations and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) plans to give us the best anniversary present this month.

Two of the most influential and exciting artists in the world - acclaimed conductor Alondra de la Parra in her first year as QSO Music Director, and world leading virtuoso violinist Maxim Vengerov will perform a series of extraordinary musical events on February 17, 18 and 22.

One of the most compelling conductors of her generation, the appointment of Alondra de la Parra as Music Director was widely seen as placing QSO firmly at the vanguard of the world's orchestral stage.

Alondra de la Parra conducts the QSO on Friday February 17 and Saturday 18 February with a program that also continues her epic Mahler cycle with Symphony No.1 Titan. On the same program exciting young pianist Zhang Zuo makes her QSO exclusive Australian debut with Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No.1.

Hailed as a superstar and regarded as one of the world's greatest violinists, Maxim Vengerov (also QSO's Artist in Residence in 2017) returns to the concert hall stage after his much-lauded Tchaikovsky Gala concert in 2016.

On Thursday, February 23, as part of the 2017 season launch, and continuing the anniversary celebrations in inimitable style, he performs a Queensland-first concert hall recital.

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National Servicemen's Memorial Band

It's always uplifting to hear stories of seniors enjoying life and forging ahead with pursuits that entertain and nourish them and at the same time, give pleasure to others.

Such a group forms the National Servicemen's Memorial Band, average age 65.Members meet every Wednesday without fail for band practice. The band was formed in 1999 as a memorial to the men called up for National Service between 1951 and 1972 and for those who gave their lives in defence of Australia.

They come from diverse backgrounds. Many are ex members of the Navy, Army, Air Force and Police Force and now hold various occupations ranging from accountancy to funeral directors. Many of them are retirees.

Travelling to New Caledonia every second year to lead the French Bastille Day Parade as guests of the French Military is a highlight and the band is respected by the French Military and the French Government.

Anyone is welcome to join the band, no military background required.

For more details call John Arnfield on 0425 824 299 or email

Visit your local library

Want to get a handle on social media? Learn iPad basics, or perhaps how to take photos on your smart phone?

Your local library has lessons in all these technologies which will especially help seniors keep in touch.

Dates and times for your local library at



Lucent, Aboriginal and Pacific Works exhibition is on at GOMA until July 30.

This free exhibition features works from the Aboriginal and Pacific collections, showing connections and differences between the cultures.

The Orange Grove Writers' Group meets every Tuesday from 1 pm to 3 pm in the Coopers Plains Library.

There is no charge and members welcome aspiring and established writers in a friendly and creative environment.

For more information, call Miriam on 3848 5550.

QPAC indulgence

Everyone should indulge in a bit of make-believe, and QPAC will show you how with its Dramatic Imaginations exhibition.

The theatre is the place where make believe worlds appear on stage, before your eyes.

Enjoy sketches, notes, costume designs, set models, and production photographs from the QPAC Museum collection as well as from private collections.

You will be taken inside the wonderful imaginations of Australian theatre makers.

The Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 7.30pm and the exhibition runs until April 8.

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