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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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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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