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Media release - Thu 12 February 2015

March ~ The Month of Mintz

FRITZSCH & SHLOMO MINTZ Morning Masterworks FRITZSCH & SHLOMO MINTZ Maestro IN CONVERSATION – SHLOMO MINTZ Plus… AT THE BALLET and SHAKE, RATTLE + BLOW! Drumroll please… this March the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) will deliver a month of magnificent masterpieces, with the official introduction of incoming Soloist-in-Residence, the internationally acclaimed virtuoso violinist Shlomo Mintz , a definite highlight. Music lovers, orchestra aficionados and those new to the theatre of sound will be spoilt for choice with the opportunity to...
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News article - Wed 11 February 2015

The Trillion Souls - a poem by Andy West

On February 14, 2015, QSO premieres Gordon Hamilton’s The Trillion Souls, which is inspired by BBC reporter Andy West’s poem of the same title; a poem in memory of the countless men and women who had to hide their sexuality. Note: This text contains language and themes which may not be suitable for all ages. (Italicised Stanzas are not sung) The Trillion Souls Poem by Andy West Come join us here, the trillion souls Who lived and loved and longed...
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Media release - Fri 23 January 2015

Join the Fun in the new QSO Family concert series

Queensland Symphony Orchestra's new four concert Family series opens with a fun-packed musical romp this March for the Shake, Rattle + Blow! Kiddies Cushion Concerts. QSO’s dynamic duo, French Horn players Peter Luff and Vivienne Collier-Vickers, unite again as Conductor and Host to present a range of energetic children’s classics at 9.30am and 11am from 25-28 March at The Courier-Mail Piazza, South Bank Parklands. Experience the Incredible Shrinking Clarinet , the Noisy Trombone and more as wind, brass and percussion...
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Media release - Wed 14 January 2015

Queensland Symphony Orchestra breaks records for a sensational start to the New Year

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) will open a sensational 2015 Season after closing 2014 with history-making Box Office results for its Mainstage Series and special events. QSO Chief Executive Officer Sophie Galaise announced the Orchestra’s 2014 Maestro concert series achieved ticket sales well in excess of $1 million, representing nearly 40% growth on the previous year. “This is an incredibly important milestone for the QSO,” she said. “Audiences responded overwhelmingly to not only QSO’s critically acclaimed Maestro Series in 2014, but...
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Media release - Mon 5 January 2015

Composer dedicates world premiere to Alan Turing

QSO composer dedicates world premiere in Season 2015 to pioneering mathematician who received posthumous Royal Pardon – 62 years after persecution for his sexuality. Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) dedicates a world premiere composition in Season 2015 to Alan Turing, the pioneering British mathematician who cracked the Nazi’s unbreakable Enigma code during World War II, who has been given a posthumous Royal Pardon. Despite his brilliance and critical role in the Allied victory, Turing was later arrested, charged and punished for...
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News article - Mon 15 December 2014

Listen… that’s the sound of Christmas!

From Star Trek to The Nutcracker, Queensland Symphony Orchestra has the top five buys for the season If you listen very closely, you can hear the sound of Christmas and it’s getting louder! Queensland Symphony Orchestra has unveiled the top five buys for the season, and they fit all tastes. 1. The Nutcracker CD recorded by Queensland Symphony Orchestra under conductor Pavel Sorokin with the Voices of Birralee directed by Julie Christiansen OAM. A truly magical present and one that...
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Media release - Fri 12 December 2014

A Magical Gift this Christmas – The Nutcracker CD

It’s the most delightful Christmas story of all - The Nutcracker... Now a Christmas tradition in Brisbane performed by Queensland Ballet with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and this piece of magic can now be taken home after the QSO announced its CD release of the recording. “ The Nutcracker is one of the world’s most popular ballets. Its delightful Christmas-time story has enthralled generations of adults and children alike. An undoubted highlight is Tchaikovsky’s famous music,” said Ms Sophie Galaise,...
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Media release - Tue 9 December 2014

Music heavyweights join Queensland Symphony Orchestra Board

With the applause only just quiet after the critical and commercial success of the extraordinary world premiere of Journey through the Cosmos led by international super star physicist Professor Brian Cox OBE, and the Grand Finale performance for Chief Conductor Johannes Fritzsch, Queensland Symphony Orchestra has welcomed two Directors to the Board. QSO Chair Mr Greg Wanchap has announced that Australian music great Mr James Morrison AM and Professor Margaret Barrett, Head of the School of Music at the University...
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News article - Fri 5 December 2014

Backstage Pass interview with Graham Abbott, Guest Conductor

How many times have you conducted Messiah ? This performance will be my 73rd. I conducted Messiah for the first time in 1978 when I was 19. Why do you think Handel’s Messiah has become so popular? Handel himself was partially responsible for this, quite apart from the quality of the music. From 1750 onwards he performed the work annually in London's Foundling Hospital (now the Thomas Coram Foundation) to raise funds for the institution. Messiah rapidly became associated in...
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Review - Tue 2 December 2014

Fritzsch Grand Finale - 29 November 2014

Mahler a fitting finale to Fritzsch’s glittering term. Queensland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Johannes Fritzsch Fritzsch Grand Finale: Mahler 3. Concert Hall, QPAC, Brisbane. November 29 IT’S a measure of the man that Johannes Fritzsch has judged the timing of his departure as QSO’s chief conductor to perfection. At seven years, he’s stayed long enough to implement dramatic musical improvements, overseen a staggering 25 new appointments, increased player selfbelief, and added dignity, gravitas and joy to an orchestra that, when...
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