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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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News article - Fri 24 October 2014

Journey through the Cosmos state-wide simulcast

Regional Simulcast venues - Ayr - Burdekin Theatre Bundaberg - Moncrieff Entertainment Centre Cairns - Cairns Civic Theatre (delayed simulcast) Charters Towers - The World Theatre (delayed simulcast) Gold Coast – Arts Centre (delayed simulcast to be part of the Gold Coast Glow Festival) Ipswich – Ipswich Civic Theatre Rockhampton – Pilbeam Theatre Toowoomba - Empire Theatre Townsville - Townsville Civic Theatre International super-star physicist Professor Brian Cox OBE, Academy Award and Golden Globe winning composer Dario Marianelli, virtuoso violinist...
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News article - Tue 21 October 2014

Car park & road closures | Oct and Nov 2014

Changes to Brisbane's traffic and transport network for the G20 Leaders' Summit may affect your visit to QPAC between October 21 and November 21. The summit will be held on 15 and 16 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank. In the lead up to and during the summit there will be impacts to journey times, parking and public transport services. Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) car park is closed 21 October to 22 November and...
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Media release - Tue 14 October 2014

Children’s TV superstar, Jay Laga’aia, joins the QSO to host Symphonic Santa in Brisbane

Wear your Santa hat and join the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s sleigh ride with popular children’s TV presenter, Jay Laga’aia. The QSO will perform the festive Symphonic Santa concerts from 19-22 November at 10 and 11.30am in The Courier-Mail Piazza, South Bank Parklands. In these themed concerts, conductor Peter Luff will lead the Orchestra on a musical journey with a range of Christmas tunes and orchestral classics. These concerts are the perfect way to introduce young audiences to the full symphony...
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News article - Tue 7 October 2014

Backstage Pass interview with Edvard Tchivzhel, Conductor

You have been a guest conductor with us every year since your QSO debut in 2010. What are you looking forward to the most about your return this year? As always, I am looking forward to working again with the QSO; it is an amazing group of very talented, highly professional and dedicated musicians. And I am always happy to have an opportunity to make music together. This time we are offering the Brisbane audience two great masterworks, which may...
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News article - Fri 19 September 2014

Backstage Pass interview with Julian Schwarz, Cellist

You made your orchestral debut at the age of 11 with the Seattle Symphony and your father, Gerard Schwarz, conducting. He is also conducting your performance with the QSO. How often do you have the opportunity to perform together? I am very lucky to have the chance to perform with my father frequently. I jump at any chance to perform with him! So far we have performed eight different concertos together (two were world premieres) and this is our first...
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Media release - Mon 8 September 2014

It’s coming: Star Trek, Live in Concert

February 7 – 2015 It is a concert event of truly intergalactic proportions, and it is being staged in Brisbane this February. It’s Star Trek, Live in Concert. Star Trek, Live in Concert celebrates the extraordinary collaboration between film and music as Academy Award®-winning composer Michael Giacchino 's powerful and evocative score is brought to life on stage by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, whilst J.J. Abrams ' acclaimed film is shown simultaneously in high definition on the big screen at...
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