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Media release - Wed 7 June 2017

Queensland Symphony Orchestra honoured as Extraordinary Queenslander

Hear that? It’s the sound of a Queensland Great! If it was possible to “hear” the sound of maroon, then today the streets, roads and dirt tracks of Queensland would resonate with its sweet, compelling melody, because Queensland Symphony Orchestra was last night honoured as a Queensland Great. Announced annually on Queensland Day, the Queensland Greats Awards recognise the efforts and achievements of extraordinary Queenslanders for their remarkable contribution to the history and development of this great state. Over 17...
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Media release - Fri 19 May 2017

Muhai Tang back to lead QSO in a special music event

In another standout music event marking the 70th year of the acclaimed Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), former Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Muhai Tang has been enticed back from Europe and Asia to honour the Concert Hall stage in a highly anticipated performance for one special night on 10 June. Maestro Muhai Tang will direct an exhilarating program featuring Australian composer Joe Chindamo’s beguiling set of variations — Palimpsest; the virtuosic showpiece that is Schumann’s quintessential Romantic concerto, performed by...
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Peter and the Wolf
Media release - Fri 28 April 2017

Timeless tale set to music

Prokofiev’s enchanting Peter and the Wolf to be performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra on Sunday 4 June. Narration by Jason Klarwein Starring Flute (Bird), Clarinet (Cat), Oboe (Duck), Bassoon (Grandfather), Woodwind and Trumpet (the hunters), French Horn (the wolf) and Strings (Peter) It’s a story of adventure and enchantment, and one that has been performed thousands of times around the world – and after 81 years, Prokofiev’s brilliant Peter and the Wolf is among the most loved musical tales of...
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Media release - Mon 10 April 2017

QSOCurrent reaches FEVER PITCH

Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s world exclusive performance with legendary Brisbane rock musician Ed Kuepper at the iconic Tivoli heralded the beginning of its genre-busting QSOCurrent program, and on Saturday 29 April it will reach FEVER PITCH. Fever Pitch is one magnificent night of Australian-firsts led by Music Director Alondra de la Parra. Think an epic soccer game featuring the legendary Ronaldinho; the raw power of a volcano, experimental orchestral scat and Ella Fitzgerald inspirations… throw in a world premiere, an exciting...
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Media release - Mon 10 April 2017

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™

Queensland Symphony Orchestra announces the return of thre Harry Potter film concert series with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™. Audiences will experience the second chapter of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series with Queensland Symphony Orchestra performing music from the film The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ , the second film in the Harry Potter series. On the 7 October this year,...
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Media release - Tue 28 February 2017

Ed Kuepper Restrung with QSO

A world exclusive performance with legendary Brisbane rock musician at the iconic The Tivoli on Saturday 25 March headlines Queensland Symphony Orchestra's genre-busting QSOCurrent program this year. In a world-first, Ed Kuepper will join QSO to perform spanking new orchestrations of his latest release, which have been recomposed for this one-off show. From his highly respected back catalogue with The Saints and The Laughing Clowns to his body of acclaimed solo work, Ed Kuepper is one of the country’s most...
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Maxim Vengerov
Media release - Fri 13 January 2017

Brave, Bold and Adventurous

This February, Queensland Symphony Orchestra launches five extraordinary musical events, celebrating Chinese New Year on 9 February with the legendary Piers Lane before world renowned starts of classical music, Alondra de la Parra and Maxim Vengerov take centre stage, commencing a remarkable program of brave, bold and adventurous orchestral music. Thursday 9 February at 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (QSO WorldBeat) YEAR OF THE ROOSTER Conductor Dane Lam, Soprano Yafen, Erhu Ma Xiaohui, Pipa Zhao Cong, Piano Piers Lane, Vio l...
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Year of the Rooster
Media release - Fri 6 January 2017

Celebrate Year of the Rooster with an extraordinary WorldBeat concert

As part of the People's Republic of China's official New Year celebrations, on Thursday 9 February in the Concert Hall at QPAC, Queensland Symphony Orchestra will join China's brightest stars and much-loved Australian artists for a spectacular evening of Chinese music and great western masterworks to welcome Year of the Rooster. Part of QSO’s brilliant WorldBeat program, the concert will see Brisbane-born Dane Lam conduct an exhilarating and eclectic program. Since making his debut with Sydney Symphony Orchestra at just...
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Media release - Fri 6 January 2017

Alondra de la Parra and Maxim Vengerov to open Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Season 2017

This February, Queensland Symphony Orchestra will open their celebratory 70th anniversary year with two of the most influential and exciting artists in the world - acclaimed conductor Alondra de la Parra , in her first season as QSO Music Director, and world leading virtuoso violinist Maxim Vengerov in a series of extraordinary musical events. This international coup signals the beginning of what promises to be a remarkable year-long program of powerful, passionate and breathtaking music. One of the most compelling...
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Vengerov Tchaikovsky Gala
News article - Fri 2 December 2016

★★★★★ for Vengerov Tchaikovsky Gala Season Finale

"A marvellously realised interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Sixth Symphony ... This was thrilling, passionate music at its best, played by a master who innately understands the composer’s work and how to make it leap off the page and excite an audience ... His appointment as Artist in Residence with the QSO next year is an enlightened and very welcome move." Suzannah Conway on Vengerov Tchaikovsky Gala. Read more at Limelight Magazine "We live in a world where superlatives...
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