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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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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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