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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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News article - Thu 27 November 2014

Backstage Pass Interview with Johannes Fritzsch

Why did you choose to perform Mahler’s Symphony No.3 as your final concert as QSO’s Chief Conductor? Mahler’s Third Symphony is without any doubt one of the absolute highlights in the orchestral repertoire. It is a piece which showcases an orchestra in the best possible way. In addition, it is an incredibly beautiful symphony. Which QSO concert stands out as your best and why? Usually I remember the last one as the best we have done. I admit that doesn’t...
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Media release - Wed 26 November 2014

World premiere event celebrates super star success

If the stars look and sound a little different this week, it’s because over 15,000 people witnessed, or will through delayed streaming, the extraordinary world premiere of Journey through the Cosmos over the past four days, led by international super star physicist Professor Brian Cox OBE, and as such, they will look and listen a whole lot more closely to the universe. The Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) is reflecting with great pride on its extraordinary achievement in presenting Journey through...
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Review - Mon 17 November 2014

Journey Through the Cosmos - 9 November 2014

NEVER mind that when he wrote his famous orchestral suite composer Gustav Holst was more interested in the astrology of the planets than he was in the astronomy. Never mind that the work as a whole ends with an extended, vaguely discordant whimper once the big tune of Jupiter disappears halfway through. And never mind that QSO’s bold, commercially successful venture into new realms of self-promoted concert blockbusters lasts an eternity and looks like a superior PowerPoint presentation. Just as...
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Review - Mon 17 November 2014

Russian Extravaganza - 9 August 2014

Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky's big guns, Medtner steals the show ... In their October Maestro Series concert, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra were joined by Russian conductor Edvard Tchivzhel and Russian pianist Nikolai Demidenko for an aptly named ‘Russian Extravaganza’, featuring works by Rachmaninov, Medtner and Tchaikovsky. Read the full review in Limelight magazine Limelight live review by by Imogen Riethmuller, published on October 31, 2014
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