World premiere event celebrates super star success

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If the stars look and sound a little different this week, it’s because over 15,000 people witnessed, or will through delayed streaming, the extraordinary world premiere of Journey through the Cosmos over the past four days, led by international super star physicist Professor Brian Cox OBE, and as such, they will look and listen a whole lot more closely to the universe.

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) is reflecting with great pride on its extraordinary achievement in presenting Journey through the Cosmos for the people of Queensland. This sensational four day program combined science, music, voice and film.

Arts Minister Ian Walker said Journey through the Cosmos delivered great results for Queensland. “Brian Cox called Journey through the Cosmos a triumph, thanks to the Queensland Government’s Super Star funding for the world premiere event combining science, music, voice and film,” Mr Walker said. “Huge ticket demand for the production, exclusive to Queensland, saw two more concerts added to the original line-up.”

Starring Professor Brian Cox OBE, the event featured the specially commissioned Voyager Violin Concerto by Academy Award and Golden Globe winning composer Dario Marianelli, performed by violinist Jack Liebeck and QSO, together with Holst’s The Planets Suite with accompanying images of the planets depicted through music, performed by QSO and The Australian Voices conducted by Maestro Johannes Fritzsch.

“I am so proud that this unique program was created and produced here in Queensland, by our own QSO. This was a creative vision that QSO made real through international collaboration, great teamwork and a passionate commitment to present the world’s best musical experiences to all Queenslanders, including our regional centres,” said QSO Chief Executive Officer Sophie Galaise.

“I thank the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland for believing in QSO’s vision and helping to make this journey possible,” said Ms Galaise.

In Brisbane, over 9,000 people attended the four near-sold out concerts, three satellite lectures and pre-concert talks, plus the special schools performance.

In addition ten regional centres including Ayr, Bundaberg, Cairns, Charters Towers, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Mt Isa, Toowoomba, Townsville and Rockhampton signed up for  this cosmic event.  An estimated 6,000 Queenslanders across the state witnessed by live streaming (or in coming months by delayed streaming) this world first coming together of music and science.

“Journey through the Cosmos represents the highest number of repeat performances of any one show in QSO history,” said Ms Galaise.

QSO’s Journey through the Cosmos success follows in the wake of another first for the company – in February QSO celebrated their highest grossing concert ever in the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular with an audience of nearly 9,000. Not only a QSO-first, this figure marked the biggest Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular show in the world, beating audience numbers in Melbourne, Wellington (NZ) and even London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Journey through the Cosmos was supported by Arts Queensland through the Super Star Fund, a Queensland Government program that delivers super star performances exclusive to the state.