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Media release - Fri 16 October 2015

QSO's Sophie Galaise named in Australia's 100 Women of Influence

World-leading orchestra executive, Canadian-born Sophie Galaise was honoured last night as one of The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence 2015. She was recognised as one of only 11 women in the new Culture category. As CEO of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since 2013, Ms Galaise has given the company a powerful international benchmarking insight, placing the orchestra firmly on par with leading arts organisations worldwide. Under her stewardship, the QSO has: celebrated significant revenue records, grown...
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Review - Fri 18 September 2015

Gasteen and QSO under Simone Young’s baton take Mahler into 3-D

There was a whole lot of love in the hall as Simone Young and Lisa Gasteen took to the stage on Saturday night for an all-Mahler program that looked on paper to be QSO’s concert of the year. Before a note was played, Young kissed Gasteen, the conductor herself was cheered as she mounted the podium, while the QSO looked like it couldn’t wait to get stuck in. And that’s pretty much how it stayed all night, the orchestra playing...
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Media release - Thu 3 September 2015

November a magnificent month of music for QSO

Season finale to see the great Maxim Vengerov perform the original 1903/04 Sibelius Violin Concerto in a rare musical moment. Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) will bring its record-breaking Season 2015 to a close this November with a massive seven concerts and events, headlined by classical music’s absolute crème de la crème in the one and only Maxim Vengerov . The month opens on November 6 in fiery, passionate, Spanish-flavoured style with Ravel’s famous Bolero under Conductor Fabien Gabel , currently...
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Media release - Fri 28 August 2015

Foxtel Arts joins Queensland Symphony Orchestra as 2016 Broadcast Partner

Foxtel Arts is delighted to announce that it is joining the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) as its 2016 Season Broadcast Partner. This partnership extends Foxtel Arts’ commitment to fostering and supporting Australia’s creative industries and arts organisations. The collaboration will deliver the first locally-produced orchestral content made for Foxtel which will complement the rich international orchestral programming that already plays each week on Foxtel Arts. Specifically, the Foxtel Arts-Queensland Symphony Orchestra partnership will see orchestral concerts recorded exclusively for the...
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Media release - Thu 13 August 2015

QSO unveils an extraordinary year of music

de la Parra - Demidenko - Lang Lang - Young - Yu Long - Vengerov QSO Family Unveiled Conductor Laureate Johannes Fritzsch Assistant Conductor Natalia Raspopova Soloist-in-Residence Nikolai Demidenko Ensemble-in-Residence The Australian Voices QSOCurrent Artist-in-Residence Tom Thum New Music Director To be announced early 2016 The Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Season 2016 line up has been unveiled, revealing an extraordinary year of music featuring conductors and soloists of the highest calibre, matched with history’s best repertoire, and blanketed by a company...
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Media release - Thu 9 July 2015

A Day in the Orchestra! A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Queensland Symphony Orchestra announces a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. QSO Community Orchestra to be created. If you have ever wanted to perform with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) under a world class conductor, then your wish may well be granted! QSO has announced the inaugural A Day in the Orchestra program, a weekend of workshops and a performance for community instrumentalists from across Queensland resulting in the creation of the QSO Community Orchestra. Registrations opened Wednesday July 1 at “It’s the...
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Media release - Fri 26 June 2015

Two Australian powerhouses join us for a profound Mahler program

Following a sell-out performance in 2014, esteemed Australian conductor Simon Young returns to Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) continuing her Mahler odyssey in Brisbane on Saturday 12 September in the QPAC Concert Hall. “I think it’s going to be a pretty hot night,” Young describes the program featuring Mahler’s epic Sixth Symphony, a monumental work with the force of over 100 orchestral musicians and the famous hammer blow of fate. “When that hammer comes smashing down for those three hammer blows...
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Media release - Fri 12 June 2015

QSO announces dynamic young Assistant Conductor

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) continues to hit the high notes, welcoming exciting young Russian-born pianist and conductor Natalia Raspopova as Assistant Conductor. Sophie Galaise said this appointment was the start of QSO’s Assistant Conductor Development Program, yet another Best Practice benchmark for the Orchestra. The program will provide an extraordinary opportunity for an aspiring young conductor to gain coveted experience with QSO, an orchestra that continues to gain important international acclaim. The appointment of Ms Raspopova has been made possible...
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Media release - Tue 2 June 2015

Brisbane loves Bolero! QSO announces third Bolero concert

Brisbane loves orchestral sizzle with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra today announcing that a THIRD QSO Plays Bolero concert will be staged on Friday November 6 at 7.30pm, following overwhelming demand for tickets to the two scheduled Bolero performances. To celebrate the announcement of the third concert, QSO today made musical history, performing Ravel’s Bolero in the Queen Street Mall. It was the largest group of QSO musicians (54 in total) to ever perform in the Mall. Fiery, passionate, Spanish-flavoured and...
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Media release - Mon 25 May 2015

Local Gladstone students perform with Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Local Gladstone students will work side by side with some of the state’s best musicians when the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) comes to town on Thursday 28 May and Friday 29 May. The hands-on instrumental workshops are part of the Gladstone Enrichment through Music Initiative (GEM Initiative) presented by Australia Pacific LNG and QSO. The unique partnership, now in its fourth year, supports local musicians and their teachers year-round through a suite of instrument demonstrations, small group tutorials, professional development...
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