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

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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 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. Glimpses of Alondra’s extraordinary abilities as conductor were evident during 2016’s concert program, but this special anniversary year marks the start of an association allowing her to place the stamp of her talent across the whole of the orchestra’s repertoire.

In 1947 at the Brisbane City Hall, the then newly formed Queensland Symphony Orchestra opened their program with Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture. In 2017, 70 years later, QSO will once again present Tannhäuser to signal the commencement of the orchestra’s 70th Anniversary celebrations – this time led by de la Parra.

Alondra de la Parra conducts the QSO on Friday 17 February (QSO Morning Masterworks) and Saturday 18 February (QSO Maestro) 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. An evening of power, sparkle and spectacle is assured!

Hailed as a genuine superstar and regarded as one of the world’s greatest violinists, in another QSO exclusive, 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 23 February, as part of the 2017 season launch, and continuing the anniversary celebrations in inimitable style, he performs a Queensland-first concert hall recital. Alongside pianist Roustem Saïtkoulov, he presents a program of extraordinary and captivating violin works including pieces by Schubert, Beethoven, Ravel, Ernst and of course, Paganini.

Brave, bold and adventurous, Season 2017 can surely have no more auspicious and appropriate launch than in this exceptional programme; presenting some of the world’s foremost musicians, and featuring one of the world’s great orchestras, the tone is set for a dazzling anniversary season ahead.

Friday 17 February at 11am, Concert Hall, QPAC (QSO Morning Masterworks)
Conductor Alondra de la Parra, Piano Zhang Zuo (Zee Zee) Australian debut, QSO exclusive
Enjoy the finest repertoire ever created, presented by the best international conductors and soloists together with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Join like-minded music lovers for a complimentary morning tea before taking your seat in the Concert Hall for a performance of magnificent music.

Saturday 18 February at 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (QSO Maestro)
Conductor Alondra de la Parra, Piano Zhang Zuo (Zee Zee) Australian debut, QSO exclusive
QSO’s Music Director Alondra de la Parra opens Season 2017 with the next instalment of her epic Mahler cycle. The Titan, a work of brilliance and extraordinary scale, set the composer on his journey as the great symphonist; this is the perfect entrée for a Mahler odyssey. Add Mendelssohn’s glittering jewel of a concerto in the hands of young pianist Zhang Zuo, and the grand Tannhäuser Overture, and you can expect an evening of power, sparkle and spectacle. The Tannhäuser Overture marks the commencement of QSO’s 70th anniversary celebrations in 2017 and was the first work performed at the QSO’s inaugural concert in 1947 in the Brisbane City Hall.

Wednesday 22 February from 5.30pm for 6pm, QSO Studio, South Bank
Gain a deeper insight into the guest artists that grace our concert stage. These up-close special events are illuminating and entertaining. Join us for a complimentary drink beforehand at 5.30pm.

Thursday 23 February from 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (Special Event)
Violin Maxim Vengerov, Piano Roustem Saïtkoulov
This stunning event heralds Vengerov’s tenure as 2017 Artist-in-Residence with QSO. Catch him while you can, up close and personal, in recital. An unforgettable evening in the great tradition of violin recitals.

The QSO Music Director is proudly supported by Timothy Fairfax AC. 

The Artist-in-Residence program is supported by the T & J St Baker Charitable Trust and The University of Queensland.