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Media release - Thu 7 May 2015

Setting the scene for a musical montage from the stage and screen

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) will perform music from the stage, screen and TV in Lights, Camera, Action! on Sunday 10 May at The Courier-Mail Piazza, South Bank Parklands. Re-live the scenes from your favourite films with music from Harry Potter, Star Wars and E.T. and join the fun with familiar television themes from T he Adams Family, The Muppets, Inspector Gadget and more. This concert also features masterpieces from popular musicals including Phantom of the Opera . Experience the QSO...
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News article - Wed 29 April 2015

Musician profile: Section Principal Double Bass, John Fardon

“I’ve worked hard for it, but feel privileged to have made a living doing something I love.” John Fardon With a career spanning almost forty years, Section Principal double bass John Fardon has called the Queensland Symphony Orchestra home for twenty-nine of them, something this Brisbane born bloke has treasured. John’s journey to this point in time, on the eve of his retirement at QSO, evokes many a poignant memory and reinforces a lifelong passion for music. John's first instrument...
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Media release - Fri 24 April 2015

Second beatbox concert announced in QSOCurrent program

Brisbane loves beatboxing – particularly when it’s the home-grown international phenomenon Tom Thum performing with members of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra! Due to high demand for tickets, a second QSO & Tom Thum concert has been announced as a part of the breakthrough QSOCurrent program in May. The second Thum Prints: A concerto contradiction for beatbox and orchestra by Gordon Hamilton with Tom Thum and the QSO will take place at 6pm on Saturday May 16 at Brisbane Powerhouse with...
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Media release - Fri 17 April 2015

QSO shines light on local prodigies

Can you hear that? It’s the sound of the future, and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra is listening! Under the banner of The Prodigy Project , QSO is about to undertake a two month mentoring and leadership program with some of the region’s most talented young musicians; for many it will be a once in a lifetime experience, for some it will be the beginning of their lifelong music career, and for all it will be a musical learning curve they...
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Media release - Mon 30 March 2015

World-class beatboxer clashes with orchestra at digital festival

QSOCurrent and Brisbane Powerhouse present QSO & Tom Thum. He’s performed on Broadway, won international competitions and presented at TEDxSydney , now acclaimed beatboxer Tom Thum combines forces with 16 musicians from Queensland Symphony Orchestra to perform at IRL Digital Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse Saturday 16 May 2015. QSO and Tom Thum will perform Thum Prints: A concerto contradiction for beatbox and orchestra by multi-award-winning composer Gordon Hamilton as part of the inaugural QSOCurrent program. According to Hamilton, creating the...
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News article - Fri 20 March 2015

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Music has the power to transform lives – whether it is through listening to QSO in a concert hall, singing in a community choir, learning an instrument at school or playing in a school ensemble. Thank you for your support of QSO as an audience member. Because of your relationship with QSO, you know how music has transformed your life. We are looking to change a few more lives – those of our younger audiences who attend Kiddies Cushion concerts,...
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Media release - Fri 20 March 2015

QSO presents… an unforgettable April

Queensland Symphony Orchestra will deliver an unforgettable line up this April with performances by leading cellist Mischa Maisky , celebrated violinist Sarah Chang and a repeat performance of the sold out, Vivaldi vs Piazzolla . Mischa Maisky makes a welcome return to Australia playing Dvořák’s famous Concerto under the baton of Yan Pascal Tortelier, in the second concert of QSO’s signature Maestro Series which sees the world’s great conductors and soloists perform live over 10 concerts this year. Although he...
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Media release - Mon 2 March 2015

QSO takes rhythm to the river with QSOCurrent

Four world premieres over two days in new music celebration In a new event announced today Queensland Symphony Orchestra is preparing to throw down some sick beatz, teaming up with international star beatboxer, Tom Thum, and other leading musicians during the cutting-edge 24-hour program titled QSOCurrent. The inaugural QSOCurrent on May 15 and 16 will shine the spotlight on contemporary music and Australian composers with a fusion of musical styles. It’s a morphing of modern sounds, technology and talent with...
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Review - Mon 23 February 2015

Opening Gala, Ode To Joy - 14 February 2014 "Opener a Joyous Triumph"

“Inspired by the young yet experienced, impassioned conductor Gergely Madaras, the choir and the QSO demonstrated a heartfelt dedication to Hamilton’s music, and the distinctive soloists and all participants gave a stirring, heady account of Beethoven’s whopping symphony.” QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA GALA CONCERT – ODE TO JOY Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC Reviewed: February 14 Reviewer: Gillian Wills Queensland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gergely Madaras ___ BEETHOVEN’S choral setting of Schiller’s poem Ode to Joy in his Ninth Symphony is a...
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Media release - Tue 17 February 2015

Teenage award winner to perform as soloist with QSO

Last night we announced 13 year old Hee Soo Kim as the 2015 Winner of the English Family Prize for Young Instrumentalists. Hee Soo from Somerset College at the Gold Coast will perform as soloist with the QSO in the Secondary Showcase Song to Symphony performance, proudly co-produced in association with QPAC, on Thursday 5 March. For the fourth consecutive year, this concert will be streamed live to schools in Gladstone with the support of Australia Pacific LNG. Hee Soo’s...
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