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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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Media release - Tue 15 November 2016

QSO puts magic of Christmas to music with Handel's Messiah

It’s the sound of Christmas – not Ho Ho Ho or Deck the Halls, it’s the real sound of Christmas… the Queensland Symphony Orchestra playing Handel’s Messiah ; music that is as remarkable and timeless now as it was when it premiered in Dublin, 1742 – more than two and half centuries ago. A perennial favourite and marking the traditional start to Christmas, QSO’s stirring rendition of Handel’s Messiah will be performed on the evening of Saturday 3 December at...
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Media release - Mon 24 October 2016

2017 single tickets on sale now

SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s extraordinary Season 2017 Alondra de la Parra – Music Director Maxim Vengerov – Artist-in-Residence “Heroes of all kinds have provided rich and necessary sources of inspiration for the great composers. During my first year as Music Director, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents some of the finest heroes in symphonic music, with masterpieces such as Mahler’s Titan, Berlioz’s Harold and Tchaikovsky’s Manfred to Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Strauss’ autobiographical Ein Heldenleben and Bizet’s unforgettable Carmen.”...
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Media release - Mon 24 October 2016

Symphonic Santa concert tickets on sale now!

Jay Laga’aia and Queensland Symphony Orchestra set to celebrate with a Ho Ho whole lot of fun at the Symphonic Santa concerts! It is Queensland’s much loved yuletide concert, when the Queensland Symphony Orchestra don Christmas colours and tinsel, and perform a wonderful musical tribute to all things festive. This year the Symphonic Santa concerts will star popular children’s TV presenter, Play School’s Jay Laga’aia across two days of double matinees, Friday 2 – Saturday 3 December. The kiddies cushion...
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Media release - Thu 1 September 2016

Sweet symphony set to serenade travellers at BNE

Passengers travelling through Brisbane Airport (BNE) may find themselves serenaded by members of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), which will be taking up the baton as BNE’s next Artist-in-Residence from today. BNE is the first airport in Australia to have an Artist-in-Residence program which was launched last year and QSO will follow realist painter Robert Brownhall, its first Artist-in-Residence, who created a series of works featuring different views of the airport, from passenger to aircraft and incredible landscape views. Brisbane...
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Media release - Tue 19 July 2016

Queensland Symphony Orchestra to salute David Bowie with Australian music makers: Saturday October 1

On 10 January 2016, the world lost an icon and artist that spanned generations when Bowie passed away aged 69 following the release of his 25th studio album, Blackstar, just two days earlier. Renowned for his originality, Bowie is remembered as not only a singer-songwriter, but as an actor and artist with a gift for theatricality and reinvention. iOTA, Steve Kilbey, Deborah Conway, Adalita and Tex Perkins lead the line-up It is a concert event not to be missed -...
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