Queensland Symphony Orchestra unveils The Superstar Collection

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Spectacular line-up of world greats to perform in Brisbane for QSO’s Season 2015.

A breathtaking superstar collection of unprecedented musical pedigree has been unveiled for Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Season 2015.

Classical music’s absolute crème de la crème in Maxim Vengerov, Simone Young, Mischa Maisky, Sarah Chang, Pinchas Zukerman and QSO’s first ever—and Australia’s first—Soloist-in-Residence, Shlomo Mintz headline a star-studded year of 49 concert events covering the Maestro Series, Morning Masterworks, Music on Sundays, QSO Chamber Players and dynamic new programs QSOCurrent, WorldBeat and QSO Family as well as a blockbuster concert event – Star Trek, Live in Concert.

Season 2015 was announced in front of an enthusiastic Concert Hall crowd at QPAC tonight with QSO subscribers joining guests including legendary Australian musician James Morrison; Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC, Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts; Ian Walker, Minister for Science, Information Technology Innovation & The Arts, Queensland Parliament; Graham Quirk, Lord Mayor, as well as numerous Consuls, Fashion designer George Wu, arts leaders John Kotzas, Noel Staunton, David Berthold, Gordon Hamilton along with rising musical star Tetsuya Lawson.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) Chief Executive Officer Sophie Galaise said the upcoming season of famous soloists, conductors, world premieres, exclusive performances and new programs was unprecedented.

“Never before has Queensland seen such a line-up of international stars on our Concert Hall stage in one subscription season. The world’s very best are coming to Brisbane; it’s the beginning of a new era for the QSO, one where the whole world is listening,” she said.

“To host the likes of one of the world’s greatest violinists in Maxim Vengerov, the revered cellist Mischa Maisky, Sarah Chang the child prodigy who debuted on violin with the New York Philharmonic at age eight and is now among the world’s best, conductor extraordinaire Australia’s Simone Young, and Pinchas Zukerman the violin phenomenon who has held title for over four decades, together in a year where we welcome Shlomo Mintz as our Soloist-in-Residence is extraordinary. These are musicians of great reputation and genius and we are so excited for our audiences and our orchestra to welcome them in 2015.”

“We have selected some extraordinary works to support a year of joy and adventure.”

Ms Galaise said in 2015 QSO joins the musical world in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius, Finland’s greatest composer and one of the few 20th Century composers to have become a legend in his own lifetime. A highlight of Season 2015 will be the five concerts that include his extraordinary works.

On February 7 as a special blockbuster concert event, a different star will take over the city – Star Trek, Live in Concert will see J.J. Abrams’ first Star Trek film in high definition on the big screen with Academy Award®-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s score performed live by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Season 2015 formally opens in stunning style on February 14 with the Gala Opening, Ode to Joy, under the new generation Maestro from Europe, Gergely Madaras with The Australian Voices. The concert features the world premiere of Gordon Hamilton’s A Trillion Souls, a commissioned work dedicated to the memory of British mathematician Alan Turing, as well as Beethoven’s famed Symphony No.9 Choral.

The Season Finale on November 28 is 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. “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 Ms Galaise.

QSO’s signature Maestro Series will see the world’s great conductors and soloists, live, in symphonic music on the grandest scale over 10 concerts in 2015. The line-up is an orchestral who’s who, some for the first time ever in Brisbane, all of them performing masterpieces from the heartland of the classical canon.

QSO Soloist-in-Residence Shlomo Mintz under Maestro Johannes Fritzsch opens the series on March 14, and then takes up the baton to lead the QSO in October.  On April 2 QSO plays with the legendary Mischa Maisky and then on April 18 with Sarah Chang under pre-eminent Chinese conductor Yu Long performing Enchantements oublies in what will be a rare Australian performance of a key work by a leading Chinese composer.

In May the exciting Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra, the founder and artistic director of the New York-based Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas takes the baton. She will lead QSO with pianist Sergio Tiempo as soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1.  The following month sees distinguished Russian conductor Edvard Tchivzhel and the celebrated Russian piano virtuoso Nikolai Demidenko together with the QSO in an extraordinary evening of music. 

July sees the world premiere of leading Finnish composer Max Savikangas’ Concerto for Trumpet and Double Bass performed by legendary musicians James Morrison and Edgar Meyer.

In August revered violinist Pinchas Zukerman performs Elgar’s achingly poignant love-poem, the Violin Concerto under conductor Rory Macdonald; then in September two Australian musical powerhouses in internationally acclaimed conductor Simone Young and Soprano Lisa Gasteen come together with the QSO in an evening of musical magic. Recognized internationally as one of the stars of the new generation, French conductor Fabien Gabel will lead the orchestra in November with stunning young Italian piano star Beatrice Rana.

QSO’s Morning Masterworks, Music on Sundays and Chamber Players, renowned for both their intimacy and world class delivery, each welcome a range of superb soloists for the 2015 Season.

The year showcases three inspiring new programs as part of Season 2015 – QSOCurrent, WorldBeat and QSO Family. 

QSOCurrent is a 24-hour event which places the Brisbane River and CityCats centre-stage, shining the spotlight on contemporary music, Australian composers and a fusion of musical styles.  The WorldBeat series in Brisbane City Hall is a celebration of the rhythms of the global village. Two major concerts feature - in February a celebration of Britain, pomp and circumstance with (Not) The Last Night of the Proms, and in September India’s vibrant musical culture comes to our city with Bollywood Gala.

QSO Family umbrellas the extraordinary work QSO does in the community for children with four kid-friendly programs featuring all-time favourites across sixteen concerts from May to December.

Bravo QSO for what will be a stunning Season 2015!

Subscriptions to Season 2015 are on sale now from as low as $140 for a four-concert package. Flexible packages are available ranging from set series to create-your-own concert series. Subscribers enjoy discount prices, priority seating and a host of other discounts and privileges. Single tickets are on sale 10 November.

Bookings and details at qso.com.au, phone (07) 3833 5044 or email bookings@qso.com.au.


Concerts presented by QSO as a tribute to QPAC, its major venue partner celebrating 30 Years in 2015: Gala Opening – Ode to Joy; Maestro #1 Fritzsch & Shlomo Mintz; Season Finale – QSO & Maxim Vengerov Season Finale – QSO & Maxim Vengerov presented in partnership with Musica Viva Australia.

The Soloist-in-Residence program is supported by the T & J St Baker Charitable Trust.

Maestro #6 QSO, Morrison & Meyer presented in collaboration with Queensland Music Festival.

QSOCurrent proudly supported by Philip Bacon Galleries and Symphony Services International.

WorldBeat Bollywood Gala proudly supported by the Australia India Business Council.