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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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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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