Third concert announced for Journey through the Cosmos

Media Release ·

It seems Queensland loves the stars! Due to unprecedented demand for tickets, a third landmark concert has been announced for the Journey through the Cosmos world premiere concert in November.

Journey through the Cosmos is an extraordinary orchestral event combining science, music, voice and film presented by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) in Brisbane from November 6 to 9. Starring international super-star physicist Professor Brian Cox OBE, the event will feature the specially commissioned Voyager Violin Concerto by Academy Award and Golden Globe winning composer Dario Marianelli, performed by legendary virtuoso violinist Jack Liebeck and QSO, together with Holst’s The Planets Suite with accompanying footage of the planets depicted through music, performed by the Orchestra and The Australian Voices conducted by Maestro Johannes Fritzsch (biographies all available on request).

The third concert will be a matinee held on Saturday November 8 at 2.30pm with tickets on sale from 9am Monday 7 July at qso.com.au or through qtix on 136 246.

This internationally encompassing program is the largest ever undertaken by any symphony orchestra in Australia and has been made possible through the Queensland State Government’s Super Star Fund.  It will celebrate a number of world firsts including live streaming of one Journey through the Cosmos concert into regional Queensland centres.

Featured in the program for the three concert events is Marianelli’s Voyager Violin Concerto and Holst’s The Planets Suite, one of the most spectacular works in all symphonic literature (voted at the top of the ABC’s Classic 100 20th century masterpieces and celebrated as the theme of the Rugby World Cup), including seven movements named after each planet in the solar system. This will be performed by the QSO and the female chorus of The Australian Voices under Maestro Johannes Fritzsch with  accompanying cosmic vision displayed on the big screen.

QSO Chief Executive Officer Sophie Galaise said this unique concept of combining great orchestral masterworks with the wonders of the universe had never been done before in such an extensive fashion. “The idea for this project began when Chief Conductor Johannes Fritzsch suggested QSO perform all seven movements of the Holst Planets Suite in one concert. The project then took shape as a result of conversations between QSO Director of Artistic Planning Richard Wenn and soloist Jack Liebeck, a personal friend of Professor Brian Cox and Dario Marianelli. This is so exciting," she said.

“Professor Brian Cox is seen by many as the heir to the great Sir David Attenborough. He is fast becoming one of the most famous men on the planet and his interests are extensive as are his followers from the world of music, space and the evolution of this planet. To have him here to lead us on the Journey through the Cosmos is extraordinary.”

In addition to the THREE Journey through the Cosmos concerts in the QPAC Concert Hall, audiences can extend their cosmos experience with a series of other events including an education performance for students; illustrated lectures by feted UK musicologist, biographer, lecturer, and radio presenter Stephen Johnson; music and lecture events with Professor Brian Foster and violinist Jack Liebeck, and a conversational presentation by Academy and Golden Globe award-winning film composer Dario
Marianelli.

This initiative is supported by Arts Queensland through the Super Star Fund, a Queensland Government program that delivers super star performances exclusive to the state. Media Partner – ABC 612.

JOURNEY THROUGH THE COSMOS
TICKETS at QSO.COM.AU or QTIX 136 426

Thursday 6 November, 2014
7pm - Pre-concert talk
Music critic, author and broadcaster Stephen Johnson

8pm - Journey through the Cosmos
Particle physicist Professor Brian Cox with the
Queensland Symphony Orchestra under Maestro
Johannes Fritzsch with Jack Liebeck (violin) and The
Australian Voices
Holst  The Planets Suite
Marianelli  Voyager Violin Concerto World premiere,
QSO commission

Friday 7 November, 2014
11am - Education concert
Holst  The Planets Suite
Particle physicist Professor Brian Cox and the
Queensland Symphony Orchestra with Maestro
Johannes Fritzsch

6pm - Einstein’s Universe
Lecture/performance with Particle physicist and
music lecturer Professor Brian Foster and Jack
Liebeck, violin


SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER, 2014

1.30pm and 7pm - Pre-concert talk
Music critic, author, broadcaster Stephen Johnson

2.30pm and 8pm - Journey through the Cosmos
Particle physicist Professor Brian Cox with the
Queensland Symphony Orchestra under Maestro
Johannes Fritzsch with Jack Liebeck (violin) and The
Australian Voices
Holst  The Planets Suite
Marianelli  Voyager Violin Concerto  World premiere,
QSO commission
8pm concert includes Queensland-wide simulcast

Sunday 9 November, 2014
2.30pm – Composing for Hollywood
In conversation: Academy and Golden Globe award-
winning film composer Dario Marianelli and music
critic, author and broadcaster Stephen Johnson

7pm
The Physics of Time
Lecture/performance with Particle physicist Professor
Brian Cox
Messiaen  Quartet for the End of Time
Jack Liebeck, violin; Zubin Kanga, piano; Li-Wei Qin,
cello; Paul Dean, clarinet