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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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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 qso.com.au. “It’s the...
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