News & Reviews

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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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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