News & Reviews

Media release - Mon 24 October 2016

Symphonic Santa concert tickets on sale now!

Jay Laga’aia and Queensland Symphony Orchestra set to celebrate with a Ho Ho whole lot of fun at the Symphonic Santa concerts! It is Queensland’s much loved yuletide concert, when the Queensland Symphony Orchestra don Christmas colours and tinsel, and perform a wonderful musical tribute to all things festive. This year the Symphonic Santa concerts will star popular children’s TV presenter, Play School’s Jay Laga’aia across two days of double matinees, Friday 2 – Saturday 3 December. The kiddies cushion...
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Media release - Thu 1 September 2016

Sweet symphony set to serenade travellers at BNE

Passengers travelling through Brisbane Airport (BNE) may find themselves serenaded by members of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), which will be taking up the baton as BNE’s next Artist-in-Residence from today. BNE is the first airport in Australia to have an Artist-in-Residence program which was launched last year and QSO will follow realist painter Robert Brownhall, its first Artist-in-Residence, who created a series of works featuring different views of the airport, from passenger to aircraft and incredible landscape views. Brisbane...
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Media release - Tue 19 July 2016

Queensland Symphony Orchestra to salute David Bowie with Australian music makers: Saturday October 1

On 10 January 2016, the world lost an icon and artist that spanned generations when Bowie passed away aged 69 following the release of his 25th studio album, Blackstar, just two days earlier. Renowned for his originality, Bowie is remembered as not only a singer-songwriter, but as an actor and artist with a gift for theatricality and reinvention. iOTA, Steve Kilbey, Deborah Conway, Adalita and Tex Perkins lead the line-up It is a concert event not to be missed -...
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David Pratt
Media release - Wed 6 July 2016

Queensland Symphony Orchestra appoints David Pratt as Chief Executive

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) is set to welcome a Chief Executive of international repute – Mr David Pratt will join the company in September, bringing with him more than 20 years of senior management experience in leadership roles across the performing arts, film and entertainment sectors in the United States and Australia. Australian-born, Mr Pratt has accepted the position following a six month global search and represents an exciting new era for the QSO as it continues to grow in...
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Nemanja Radulović
News article - Tue 5 July 2016

Review: QSO Plays Dvořák

Rating: 5 stars out of 5 Nemanja Radulovic is a gypsy-styled wizard of the violin. Saturday night’s Queensland Symphony Orchestra program at QPAC was just as much a theatrical event as it was a concert. A heart-warming, some might say, indulgent selection of works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Dvorak was the official fare. Yet, as well as celebrating juggernauts by adored ‘dead’ giants, there was the surprise of an orchestral snapshot, by a ‘living,’ Brisbane-based composer Robert Davidson. The chorale-like...
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Maxim Vengerov
Media release - Mon 27 June 2016

The world on a string - Vengerov is coming

Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s ovational year continues. Off the back of Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s dazzling sell-out concert starring the great pianist Lang Lang on 7 June, comes news that the orchestra will play with the world’s greatest violinist in November – the mighty master of the string, MAXIM VENGEROV will star in QSO’s Tchaikovsky Gala on November 29 and 30 in two concerts of magnificent and compelling music. In a rare musical experience, QSO presents the formidable technique and exuberant musicality...
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Media release - Mon 27 June 2016

Radulović and QSO to deliver Dvořák red-hot rigour

Forget the Federal Election, on July 2 the only thing to listen to will be right here in Brisbane when a rock-star of the classical world puts the pro in Prokofiev! Awarded ‘International Revelation of the Year’ by Victoires de la Musique, one can sense there is something very special about the rock-star hair-wearing, leather-pant bearing, major record-label darling and violin virtuoso, Nemanja Radulović; and Brisbane-audiences will find out when he performs with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) on Saturday...
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Lang Lang
News article - Thu 9 June 2016

Lang Lang, classical music rock star, praises Queensland Symphony in Brisbane

"They were very prepared for the first rehearsal, top-class. I was deeply impressed, it sounded like we had had so much rehearsal, so I think it is going to be a great concert." There has probably not been too many visitors to QPAC's Concert Hall who have required security to be stationed outside their dressing room door. But then most visitors to the Concert Hall aren't described as the rock star of classical music. Speaking exclusively to Fairfax Media before...
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Review - Thu 9 June 2016

Review: Lang Lang (Queensland Symphony Orchestra)

★★★★★ The superstar pianist dazzles Brisbane in an unforgettable concert. Lang Lang performances these days come with some heavy expectations. This is a pianist who has become one of the most visible classical music performers in the world, and who is routinely referred to as a classical superstar. He’s performed as part of the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, not to mention a truly astonishing list of collaborations ranging from jazz pianist Herbie Hancock to the...
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Lang Lang
Media release - Sat 14 May 2016

LANG LANG - He’s coming!

Hailed by millions of fans worldwide as the most flamboyant, original, fashionable and daring virtuoso on the planet, pianist Lang Lang is a true superstar with the profile of a rock star and over 40 million followers in China alone. On June 7 he will unite with Queensland Symphony Orchestra for the first time in an evening that will make music history. Lang Lang will perform Prokofiev’s dazzling Piano Concerto No.3 along with some of his all-time favourite solo piano...
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