Two Australian powerhouses join us for a profound Mahler program

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Following a sell-out performance in 2014, esteemed Australian conductor Simon Young returns to Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) continuing her Mahler odyssey in Brisbane on Saturday 12 September in the QPAC Concert Hall.

“I think it’s going to be a pretty hot night,” Young describes the program featuring Mahler’s epic Sixth Symphony, a monumental work with the force of over 100 orchestral musicians and the famous hammer blow of fate.

“When that hammer comes smashing down for those three hammer blows you can physically feel the tension and engagement of everyone involved,” Young said.

This program also showcases acclaimed Australian soprano Lisa Gasteen performing the beautiful texts in Mahler’s Rückert Lieder song cycle. “Lisa Gasteen is absolutely perfect for them,” Young said.

Simone Young is internationally recognised as one of the leading conductors of her generation. She was most recently General Manager and Music Director of the Hamburgische Staatsoper and Music Director of the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg.

Lisa Gasteen is greatly admired in the industry not only for her poignant voice and exemplary diction but also for her integrity as an artist and colleague, and the emotion she imbues in the characters she portrays.

Be sure to witness this Brisbane Festival highlight as two international stars perform with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Brisbane Festival present
Saturday 12 September at 7.30pm, QPAC Concert Hall
Featuring: Conductor Simone Young, Soprano Lisa Gasteen
Program: Mahler Rückert Lieder, Mahler Symphony No.6
Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm

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