November a magnificent month of music for QSO

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Season finale to see the great Maxim Vengerov perform the original 1903/04 Sibelius Violin Concerto in a rare musical moment.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) will bring its record-breaking Season 2015 to a close this November with a massive seven concerts and events, headlined by classical music’s absolute crème de la crème in the one and only Maxim Vengerov

The month opens on November 6 in fiery, passionate, Spanish-flavoured style with Ravel’s famous Bolero under Conductor Fabien Gabel, currently the toast of the big European orchestras. Due to overwhelming demand, a third QSO Plays Bolero will now be staged, a fitting opening to the 2015 finale month for the Orchestra.  

On Sunday November 15, Miracles and Magic will celebrate the mystifying tunes of the world’s favourite fairy-tale symphonies, with conductor Nathan Aspinall and host Guy Noble. The QSO’s Christmas series Symphonic Santa will then take place from November 19 to 21 at South Bank.

The November musical indulgence continues on the 21st when the QSO presents its annual masterpiece Handel's Messiah. Composed in just three weeks, this piece of music has enthralled and transported people of all faiths for more than 250 years, and will be conducted by Emily Cox. The following day the QSO Chamber Players present Beethoven and Brahms with the Adina String Quartet.

Then, on November 28, the Season 2015 finale - a powerhouse orchestral event starring the world’s great violinist, the one and only Maxim Vengerov, in an historic performance of the original 1903/04 Sibelius Violin Concerto, presented in partnership with Musica Viva Australia.

“The QSO is amongst the select few of world orchestras to have permission to present this work in 2015 for the composer’s sesquicentenary. The original version has never been allowed out of Finland or a recording studio, and this concert represents its Southern Hemisphere premiere, performed by the master no less,” said QSO Chief Executive Officer, Ms Sophie Galaise.

In a coup for music lovers, the QSO will host Maxim Vengerov In Conversation on November 26, a one hour public interview with the star, two days before the Season Finale.

This fitting finale month also marks the second consecutive record-breaking Maestro Series in a row for the company under CEO Sophie Galaise.

QSO’s Season 2016 opens in February next year, another stunning year of visiting soloists, conductors and world greats matched with history’s best repertoire. In an international triumph for QSO, superstar pianist Lang Lang will headline the Mid-Season Gala. Joining Lang Lang with the QSO during 2016 are some of the true legends of music – the great Maxim Vengerov returns for the Tchaikovsky Gala, Simone Young with Mahler, China’s legendary Yu Long, along with Alondra de la Parra, Louis Schwizgebel and more, headlining a breathtaking year of 38 concert events.