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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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Media release - Wed 3 September 2014

QSO undertakes global search for new Maestro

As the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) continues to reach important milestones in audience growth, orchestral review, artist acclaim and annual results, the company is preparing to farewell Maestro Johannes Fritzsch after seven years of musical leadership. Maestro Fritzsch leaves the QSO at the end of 2014, with the Maestro concert on Saturday November 29 featuring Mahler’s Third Symphony set be a major, and particularly emotional, musical event. “When I joined the QSO in June 2013, I discovered an orchestra of...
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Media release - Thu 21 August 2014

Queensland Symphony Orchestra unveils The Superstar Collection

Spectacular line-up of world greats to perform in Brisbane for QSO’s Season 2015. A breathtaking superstar collection of unprecedented musical pedigree has been unveiled for Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Season 2015. Classical music’s absolute crème de la crème in Maxim Vengerov, Simone Young, Mischa Maisky, Sarah Chang, Pinchas Zukerman and QSO’s first ever—and Australia’s first—Soloist-in-Residence, Shlomo Mintz headline a star-studded year of 49 concert events covering the Maestro Series , Morning Masterworks , Music on Sundays , QSO Chamber Players and...
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Review - Tue 12 August 2014

Ghosts in the Orchestra – 9 August 2014

Australian Voices give orchestra a piece of their mind in an unusual concert. This was one of the most unusual concerts of the year. Starting with Sibelius’ epic En Saga , ending in the fever dreams of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique , and with the premiere of a quirky choral work by Gordon Hamilton in the middle, it truly was an oddball concert. That’s exactly what I like to see. It was brilliant programming and as far as I’m concerned the...
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Shlomo Mintz
Media release - Fri 11 July 2014

QSO announces Soloist in Residence

Queensland Symphony Orchestra makes Australian history and joins ranks of world’s leading orchestras with Soloist-in-Residence announcement: Shlomo Mintz to join QSO in 2015 In a move mirroring the world’s leading orchestras, and as a first for any Australian orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) has announced a Soloist-in-Residence program with Shlomo Mintz, one of the world’s most acclaimed virtuoso violinists to join the QSO in 2015 under the new initiative. The Soloist-in-Residence program was announced today by QSO Chief Executive Officer...
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Media release - Sat 5 July 2014

Third concert announced for Journey through the Cosmos

It seems Queensland loves the stars! Due to unprecedented demand for tickets, a third landmark concert has been announced for the Journey through the Cosmos world premiere concert in November. Journey through the Cosmos is an extraordinary orchestral event combining science, music, voice and film presented by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) in Brisbane from November 6 to 9. Starring international super-star physicist Professor Brian Cox OBE, the event will feature the specially commissioned Voyager Violin Concerto by Academy Award...
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