Hey gang - thanks for that. I did in fact turn 50 on August 7, I headed up to Brisbane (capital city of the state of Queensland, Australia). Brisbane's is an hour and 20 minute flight from Sydney, north.
My twin brother (non-identical) Peter lives in Brisbane, plus I have four very good friends living there who I met when they all lived in Sydney.
Friday last week, Gary (my BFF) took me to Toowoomba (due west of Brisbane, nestled at the top of the Great Dividing Range. There, we went to the Empire Theatre (a gorgeous Art Deco building) to hear the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. They had on their program
Suk: Scherzo Fantastique
Rachmaninov: Variations on a theme of Paganini, with the wonderful Anna Tamara Chisllovska at the piano
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7
It was one of the BEST birthday presents I've ever received, Gary's a saint.