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Media release - Wed 10 February 2016

Sir Daved Attenborough announced as filmed narrator of 'Life Story' Prom

APRIL 13 – 16, HAMER HALL, ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE While Melbourne eagerly awaits the inaugural BBC Proms Australia, organisers have today announced the inclusion of Sir David Attenborough as the filmed narrator of the Life Story Prom. In addition, a second release of tickets to Last Night of the Proms will go on sale this coming week, to meet the demand of enthusiastic Australians as well as two further Classics for Kids concerts. Sir David Attenborough, the iconic broadcaster and...
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Media release - Fri 15 January 2016

Hey Hey… it’s the Year of the Monkey!

Queensland Symphony Orchestra to celebrate Chinese New Year with an extraordinary international music event on February 11. Chinese New Year will be welcomed in Brisbane with an extraordinary musical event – Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Year of the Monkey concert, a joyous fusion of traditional Chinese music, great Western masterpieces. Under the baton of Asia’s pre-eminent young conductor, Darrell Ang, the concert will feature leading virtuosos from China, and will see the traditional Chinese Erhu played with the Orchestra for the...
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Media release - Wed 13 January 2016

CEO announcement

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) today announced that CEO Sophie Galaise would be leaving the company to join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. QSO Chair Mr Greg Wanchap said Ms Galaise leaves the company in strong artistic and financial health – following a record-breaking season 2015, renewed and acclaimed musicality throughout the Orchestra, and with the imminent arrival of internationally acclaimed conductor Ms Alondra de la Parra as Music Director designate. “We wish Sophie all the very, very best at MSO” he...
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Media release - Mon 11 January 2016

Fantastic February marks the beginning of a year of extraordinary music

Divine solos, a whip-cracking cinematic classic, international masterpieces, musical fusion and more… Fantastic February marks the beginning of QSO’s extraordinary year of music. This February, three flagship music events with the QSO herald the beginning of Season 2016 – it begins with the cinematic classic, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark , with QSO performing John Williams’ epic, Academy Award-nominated score live to the film on February 6; followed by the cross-cultural Chinese New Year musical celebration...
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Alondra de la Parra, QSO's Music Cirector desigate.
News article - Thu 10 December 2015

Music Director appointment makes waves | #welcomealondra

The appointment of "one of the hottest conductors on the planet right now" as QSO's Music Director has made waves across the globe. Check out some of the coverage: The New York Times “For me, it’s as if I were a chef and I went to a kitchen where everything was clean, chopped, they had all the right ingredients, great pots and pans, all the knives were sharpened and they’re asking me to cook ’’ she said in a telephone...
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Media release - Wed 9 December 2015

QSO invites music lovers on tour | BBC Proms Australia

In April next year the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) will make history – the full Orchestra will travel to Melbourne to star in the inaugural BBC Proms Australia – and music lovers are invited along! This event marks the first time the QSO will have performed in Melbourne and it is the first time the BBC Proms , the world’s largest classical music festival, has been held outside of the UK in this way. Held over four days from April...
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Media release - Tue 1 December 2015

Indiana Jones is back, and he sounds better than ever!

The hat, the whip and the wit is back! Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) is set to take Brisbane on the adventure of a lifetime on Saturday 6 February, 2016, staging an orchestral film event that travels from Nepal to Cairo, and promises death defying acts of heroism, fantastical mythology and just the right amount of romance amidst a series of perilous events. To mark the 35th anniversary of the original great adventure - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the...
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Media release - Wed 25 November 2015

Give the gift of music this Christmas

Joy, Adventure, Serenity, Drama, Delight Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) has gift-wrapped joy, adventure, serenity, drama and delight for Christmas this year, unveiling five fantastic packages perfect for giving. With an extraordinary line up of music unveiled for QSO’s Season 2016, the announcement of global star Alondra de la Parra as Music Director designate, and the Orchestra in high demand, a QSO experience is one that will be heard and remembered long after the Yuletide. The Sounds of Adventure - headlined...
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News article - Fri 23 October 2015

QSO to star in inaugural BBC Proms Australia in Melbourne

BBC Proms, the world’s largest classical music festival, is coming to Melbourne in 2016 for a limited season! Held over four days from April 13-16, 2016 at Arts Centre Melbourne, BBC Proms Australia will bring the magic of the Proms to Australian audiences, providing a taster of this iconic festival. This is the first time the Proms has been held outside of the UK in this way and promises to be a triumphant celebration of classical music. It will also...
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Media release - Fri 23 October 2015

QSO announces acclaimed Conductor Alondra de la Parra as Music Director

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) today announced acclaimed conductor Alondra de la Parra as its Music Director after a global search. QSO Chief Executive Officer Ms Sophie Galaise said the company was thrilled to secure Ms de la Parra as Music Director, who is revered as one of the most compelling conductors of her generation. “Alondra de la Parra is set to have a profound influence on the future of the QSO musically and culturally, as she takes on the...
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