News & Reviews

News article - Mon 14 May 2018

Queensland Symphony Orchestra welcomes one of Australia’s most experienced arts leaders to the Board

Queensland Symphony Orchestra continues to build momentum, both in the concert hall and in the Boardroom, with Chair Chris Freeman welcoming one of Australia’s best-known and most experienced producer-performers in Simon Gallaher as a Director. “Simon Gallaher is one of the country’s leading entertainment presenters and foremost theatrical producers, and he brings serious gravitas to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. His depth of experience as a music theatre star, television and concert performer, singer, pianist and songwriter, together with his success...
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Review - Wed 2 May 2018

Horrorshow with Queensland Symphony Orchestra - Review from ArtsHub

★★★★★ If only all collaborations between orchestras and contemporary musicians were done with such joy and flair! Collaborations between orchestras and just about everything from jazz, funk, pop and singer-songwriters can be the key to a symphony orchestra’s economic survival in 2018. Trouble is, it’s common to witness grim-lipped players enduring rather than partnering today’s beat benders as if they’re swallowing medicine they know is good for them but tastes vile. Well this wasn’t the case in Horrorshow’s one-off gig...
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News article - Tue 13 March 2018

Epic Visions - Review from 4ZZZ

Epic Visions was a second opportunity for Queenslanders to experience the majesty of the Hungarian violinist Barnábas Kelemen, after he wowed the audience in the Brahms Violin Concert with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra last year. In his returning concert, he formed an Epic duo with the handsome Eduardo Strausser, in his Australian debut as the Guest Conductor. Both musicians added a European passion and flair to excite the audience on a journey from Fingal’s Cave in the Outer Hebrides to...
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Review - Wed 21 February 2018

Piano Power - Review from Stage Whispers

The first concert of 2018 in Queensland Symphony Orchestra's Maestro series, Piano Power, set the bar impossibly high indeed; a diverse program of French and Russian music, a Grammy Award-winning pianist, and a dynamic young Scandinavian conductor delivering a performance not only of musical excellence but of technical virtuosity. French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, whose recent recording of Grieg’s Piano Concerto has already been acclaimed as the ‘Best Classical Release’ of 2018 is well-known for his performances of music by his...
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News article - Fri 16 February 2018

Code of Conducting - The Saturday Paper

1. Brahms – Violin Concerto Alondra de la Parra commands the orchestra with short, sharp movements and sweeping, confident gestures, her right hand brandishing the baton, her left describing the graceful arc of a swan’s neck, her fingers trailing through the air. Her posture is assured yet relaxed, her movements languid as she guides the watchful musicians in the rhythm and tempo of the concerto, highlighting the famous Hungarian violinist Barnabás Kelemen. From the opening strains, the orchestra beguiles us...
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News article - Mon 5 February 2018

Play for Purpose and Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Let yourself go and be part of something extraordinary! You may have seen us at QPAC – our fabulous and talented musicians playing a favourite piece, Music Director Alondra de la Parra bringing passion and excitement to the performance… but we also know that tens of thousands of people across this vast state of Queensland will never experience first hand the sound of our symphony orchestra in full flight. With your help we can change that! We have big plans...
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Media release - Thu 18 January 2018

The Kite String Tangle, Horrorshow and Luka Lesson all to perform with Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2018 WAVE Festival

Hip Hop, electronic, poetry and new music - Queensland Symphony Orchestra has announced a two-day music festival of collaborations with some of the coolest artists in the country. WAVE Festival 2018 will take place on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 April at the Brisbane Powerhouse, featuring incredible performances with The Kite String Tangle, Horrorshow and more. The cutting-edge music program will shine the spotlight on contemporary music and Australian composers and music makers. “WAVE Festival is a morphing of modern...
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Review - Mon 4 December 2017

Carmen In-Concert - Review by Stage Whispers

Carmen , the world's most popular opera, was a good choice for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra's final 2017 Gala. Performed as a concert, it was a bells-and-whistles grand affair with a Children’s Chorus, the Opera Q Chorus, guest dancers from the Queensland Ballet, students from Lisa Gasteen National Opera School, and three acclaimed international artists making their Australian debuts in principal roles - indeed, a surfeit of riches. Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova is a legendary Carmen, having performed the part...
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Review - Thu 30 November 2017

Brahms Violin Concerto - Review by Stage Whispers

Queensland Symphony Orchestra have capped off a stellar 70th birthday year with a stellar concert featuring Hungarian violin virtuoso Barnabás Kelemen. Kelemen, a last minute replacement for the indisposed Maxim Vengerov, proved he was not only a master of his instrument but also of the concert stage, with an electrifying performance of Brahms Violin Concerto. A commanding presence coupled with a display of astonishing technique quickly endeared him to the capacity audience. His tonal palette in the adagio was passionately...
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Media release - Thu 19 October 2017

National business and arts leader appointed Chair at Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Commanding business and arts leader Chris Freeman AM has been appointed Chair of Queensland Symphony Orchestra from January 2018, in a move that sees the company continue to attract and work with the very best. With internationally acclaimed Music Director Alondra de la Parra firmly holding the artistic baton, and inspiring Chief Executive David Pratt wooed back from the United States, the announcement of Chris Freeman as Chair draws an indelible line in the sand for the company as it...
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