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Review - Tue 29 August 2017

Queensland’s Alondra de la Parra is mistress of all she surveys

Martin Buzacott, The Australian 7 August 2017 In the week when Despacito became the most-streamed song ever, the life-affirming Latino music revolution that it represents in pop also swept through Queensland orchestral music-making. In the most exciting QSO concert in memory, resident music director Alondra de la Parra conducted a never-to-be-forgotten performance that was bursting at the seams with vitality, giving the smiling players a white-knuckle ride that looked as enjoyable as it was terrifying. Here were things probably never...
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Media release - Mon 21 August 2017

Gladstone Enrichment Through Music (GEM) Initiative Media Event

On Thursday 17 August at 12.45pm some 50 country children from Tannum Sands State Hight School Concert Band will have a very, very special experience – they will attend a Queensland Symphony Orchestra rehearsal of the upcoming Tangos and Dances concert under the baton of the internationally acclaimed Queensland Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Alondra de la Parra At the same time in 2017, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Australia Pacific LNG will celebrate a $1 million funding milestone in support of...
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Media release - Wed 2 August 2017

Magnificent Mozart and Queensland Symphony Orchestra

On Saturday 12 August Queensland Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by The Australian Voices and starring four remarkable singers, will perform what is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful of Mozart’s Masses. Mozart’s Mass in C minor is a particular joy for the soprano voice with acclaimed Australian performers Siobhan Stagg and Barbara Zavros set to relish the roles. They will be joined by tenor Paul McMahon, baritone David Wakeham and The Australian Voices. Mozart’s Mass in C minor is...
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Media release - Wed 7 June 2017

Queensland Symphony Orchestra honoured as Extraordinary Queenslander

Hear that? It’s the sound of a Queensland Great! If it was possible to “hear” the sound of maroon, then today the streets, roads and dirt tracks of Queensland would resonate with its sweet, compelling melody, because Queensland Symphony Orchestra was last night honoured as a Queensland Great. Announced annually on Queensland Day, the Queensland Greats Awards recognise the efforts and achievements of extraordinary Queenslanders for their remarkable contribution to the history and development of this great state. Over 17...
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Media release - Fri 19 May 2017

Muhai Tang back to lead QSO in a special music event

In another standout music event marking the 70th year of the acclaimed Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), former Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Muhai Tang has been enticed back from Europe and Asia to honour the Concert Hall stage in a highly anticipated performance for one special night on 10 June. Maestro Muhai Tang will direct an exhilarating program featuring Australian composer Joe Chindamo’s beguiling set of variations — Palimpsest; the virtuosic showpiece that is Schumann’s quintessential Romantic concerto, performed by...
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Peter and the Wolf
Media release - Fri 28 April 2017

Timeless tale set to music

Prokofiev’s enchanting Peter and the Wolf to be performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra on Sunday 4 June. Narration by Jason Klarwein Starring Flute (Bird), Clarinet (Cat), Oboe (Duck), Bassoon (Grandfather), Woodwind and Trumpet (the hunters), French Horn (the wolf) and Strings (Peter) It’s a story of adventure and enchantment, and one that has been performed thousands of times around the world – and after 81 years, Prokofiev’s brilliant Peter and the Wolf is among the most loved musical tales of...
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Media release - Mon 10 April 2017

QSOCurrent reaches FEVER PITCH

Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s world exclusive performance with legendary Brisbane rock musician Ed Kuepper at the iconic Tivoli heralded the beginning of its genre-busting QSOCurrent program, and on Saturday 29 April it will reach FEVER PITCH. Fever Pitch is one magnificent night of Australian-firsts led by Music Director Alondra de la Parra. Think an epic soccer game featuring the legendary Ronaldinho; the raw power of a volcano, experimental orchestral scat and Ella Fitzgerald inspirations… throw in a world premiere, an exciting...
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Media release - Mon 10 April 2017

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™

Queensland Symphony Orchestra announces the return of thre Harry Potter film concert series with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™. Audiences will experience the second chapter of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series with Queensland Symphony Orchestra performing music from the film The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ , the second film in the Harry Potter series. On the 7 October this year,...
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Media release - Tue 28 February 2017

Ed Kuepper Restrung with QSO

A world exclusive performance with legendary Brisbane rock musician at the iconic The Tivoli on Saturday 25 March headlines Queensland Symphony Orchestra's genre-busting QSOCurrent program this year. In a world-first, Ed Kuepper will join QSO to perform spanking new orchestrations of his latest release, which have been recomposed for this one-off show. From his highly respected back catalogue with The Saints and The Laughing Clowns to his body of acclaimed solo work, Ed Kuepper is one of the country’s most...
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Maxim Vengerov
Media release - Fri 13 January 2017

Brave, Bold and Adventurous

This February, Queensland Symphony Orchestra launches five extraordinary musical events, celebrating Chinese New Year on 9 February with the legendary Piers Lane before world renowned starts of classical music, Alondra de la Parra and Maxim Vengerov take centre stage, commencing a remarkable program of brave, bold and adventurous orchestral music. Thursday 9 February at 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (QSO WorldBeat) YEAR OF THE ROOSTER Conductor Dane Lam, Soprano Yafen, Erhu Ma Xiaohui, Pipa Zhao Cong, Piano Piers Lane, Vio l...
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