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From Star Trek to The Nutcracker, Queensland Symphony Orchestra has the top five buys for the season

If you listen very closely, you can hear the sound of Christmas and it’s getting louder! Queensland Symphony Orchestra has unveiled the top five buys for the season, and they fit all tastes.

1. The Nutcracker CD recorded by Queensland Symphony Orchestra under conductor Pavel Sorokin with the Voices of Birralee directed by Julie Christiansen OAM.

A truly magical present and one that perfectly captures the essence of Christmas, this limited edition CD was recorded in June this year, produced in collaboration with the Queensland Ballet and is the perfect gift for children and adults alike. The Nutcracker is available for $30 at the QSO’s offices in South Bank and on-site at performances of Queensland Ballet’s season of Ben Stevenson’s magical The Nutcracker from 12-23 December at the Playhouse, QPAC.

2. Star Trek, Live in Concert (Queensland premiere)
Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane, Saturday February 7

Guaranteed to make even the most testy teenager smile and the most hardened grown-up geek giggle. One of the blockbuster musical events of QSO’s Season 2015, it’s the ultimate present for those who have everything, or those who are die-hard film and space fans; and of course, Trekkies!

Star Trek, Live in Concert celebrates the extraordinary collaboration between film and music as Academy Award®-winning composer Michael Giacchino's powerful and evocative score is brought to life on stage by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, whilst J.J. Abrams' acclaimed film is shown simultaneously in high definition on the big screen at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane.

3. Beethoven 9: 'Ode to Joy' on Valentine’s Day (season 2015 Gala Opening)
QPAC Concert Hall, Saturday February 14

For orchestra aficionados and for lovers! Season 2015 opens on February 14 with the perfectly programmed gala event, Ode to Joy. The concert features Beethoven’s famed Symphony No.9 Choral and the world premiere of Gordon Hamilton’s The Trillion Souls, a commissioned work dedicated to the memory of British mathematician Alan Turing.

4. (Not) The Last Night of the Proms
Brisbane City Hall, Thursday February 19

For those who love a fantastic music event and for any ex-pats pining for the Mother Country, (Not) The Last Night of the Proms will celebrate British pomp and circumstance with flair. It’s an international letting-down of the musical hair, with thumping Italian choruses, French orchestral showpieces and even Beethoven, who goes all steak-and-kidney for this one special night. You’ll be thanked!

5. A Series Subscription to QSO’s Season 2015 – The Superstar Collection

The ultimate present - a full subscription to QSO’s unprecedented season of famous soloists, conductors, world premieres, exclusive performances and new programs. The breathtaking superstar collection stars 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. Various packages available to suit every gift budget. More information