Journey through the Cosmos state-wide simulcast

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Regional Simulcast venues  -

Ayr - Burdekin Theatre Bundaberg - Moncrieff Entertainment CentreCairns - Cairns Civic Theatre (delayed simulcast)Charters Towers - The World Theatre (delayed simulcast)Gold Coast – Arts Centre (delayed simulcast to be part of the Gold Coast Glow Festival)Ipswich – Ipswich Civic TheatreRockhampton – Pilbeam TheatreToowoomba - Empire TheatreTownsville  - Townsville Civic Theatre

International super-star physicist Professor Brian Cox OBE, Academy Award and Golden Globe winning composer Dario Marianelli, virtuoso violinist Jack Liebeck and Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) are set to take audiences on an incredible journey next month with the Journey through the Cosmos world first event – and regional Queensland is invited!

The international premiere event takes place in Brisbane from November 6 to 9 with the evening concert on Saturday November 8 to be simulcast to nine regional centres, representing an incredible opportunity for regional Queenslanders to experience an extraordinary world first theatrical and orchestral presentation.

Journey through the Cosmos will be simulcast to Ayr, Bundaberg, Cairns, Charters Towers, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Townsville.

The event is presented by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and supported by the Super Star Fund, a Queensland Government program that delivers super star performances exclusive to the state.

Arts Minister Ian Walker said the Queensland Symphony Orchestra was thinking big and aiming for the stars.

“It’s especially important to me that regional Queenslanders will have the opportunity to experience Journey though the Cosmos at the same time as Brisbane audiences,” Mr Walker said.

“The Super Star Fund was created to bring super stars to Queensland and to ensure all Queenslanders have the opportunity to enjoy their talents.

“Earlier this year we successfully simulcast the American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake to regional Queensland and it’s particularly rewarding to see our major organisations reaching out to communities in the regions so we can all share this wonderful arts moment.”

QSO Chief Executive Officer Sophie Galaise said the internationally encompassing program was the largest ever undertaken by any symphony orchestra in Australia, with the live simulcast being a first for the QSO. “Professor Brian Cox is seen by many as the heir to the great Sir David Attenborough. He is fast becoming one of the most famous men on the planet and his interests are extensive as are his followers from the world of music, space and the evolution of this planet. To have him here to lead us on the Journey through the Cosmos is extraordinary.”

Brian Cox will introduce the world premiere of Marianelli’s Voyager Violin Concerto featuring the virtuosic soloist, Jack Liebeck and then conduct a presentation about our universe and solar system between each movement of Holst’s The Planets Suite.

This presentation will be illustrated with footage from the early 20th Century (as would have been familiar to Gustav Holst when he wrote this pioneering music). Brian Cox will then contrast with imagery from our own time to reflect how much progress has been made in capturing the planets in our universe on film; he will also talk about what was known in Holst’s time, and what is known now.