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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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Review - Wed 18 October 2017

QSO and Piers Lane 40 Years - Review by Limelight Magazine

★★★★☆ Lane and the QSO deliver orchestral storytelling and emotional extremes. QPAC, Brisbane 14 October 2017 Orchestral storytelling and emotional extremes were the drivers in Saturday’s rewarding QSO and Piers Lane – 40 Years. Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini was inspired by Dante’s tragic tale of infidelity and cruel retribution. The flamboyant and authoritative Mexican conductor Enrique Arturo Diemecke made the audience chuckle when he introduced the Tchaikovsky and announced that “Francesca was very very naughty and got tossed into the...
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Review - Wed 27 September 2017

QSO Plays the Romantics - Review by Scenestr

'Queensland Symphony Orchestra Plays the Romantics': the title alone creates a sense of anticipation for sweeping lyrical melodies, furious bowing of strings, and more than the usual emphasis on wind and brass. Oh, and of course, percussion – lots of it! On Saturday 23 September, Queensland Symphony Orchestra delivered all this and more, even to the point of the welcome inclusion of the concert hall organ at the end of the evening's performance. We have previously confessed our particular affection...
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Media release - Tue 19 September 2017

Piers Lane and Queensland Symphony Orchestra mark 40 years of extraordinary music

Globally-famed pianist Piers Lane comes home to celebrate 40-year anniversary with Queensland Symphony Orchestra London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane is one of the most inquisitive and engaging live performers of his generation. Most recently, he has performed Busoni’s mighty piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premiered Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto, written for him, with Sydney Symphony and London Philharmonic, and sold-out Wigmore Hall for his performance of Chopin’s complete Nocturnes. NEXT UP – he is headed to Brisbane for three...
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