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In the Spotlight with Brisbane Symphony Orchestra

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BSO shines a spotlight on homegrown talent and classic music
Brisbane Symphony Orchestra City Hall
The Brisbane Symphony Orchestra on the stage of Brisbane City Hall

The Brisbane Symphony Orchestra have announced their Season of Concerts for 2023, which is entitled "In the Spotlight". As one of Brisbane's most active community orchestras, Brisbane Symphony Orchestra has a reputation for bringing audiences concerts of a high standard, with interesting and challenging repertoire. Their "In the Spotlight" Season, is no exception and will present a series of four concerts with exceptional soloists and stunning orchestral repertoire.

Ein Na Brisbane Symphony Orchestra National Youth Concerto
Ein Na, winner of the NYCC 2022, will perform with the orchestra

The first concert for the year Spotlight on the Violin, takes place in March at Brisbane City Hall and will feature the winner of the 2022 National Youth Concerto Competition, 13 year old, Ein Na, performing Concerto no.1 by Sergei Prokofiev. The concert will be conducted by upcoming Queensland Conductor, and DMA candidate, Stefanie Smith, who will lead the orchestra through the concerto, as well as Borodin's Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, and Shostakovich's Symphony no.1.

Paul Dean Conductor Clarinet Brisbane Symphony orchestra
Paul Dean with both conduct the orchestra and perform as a soloist with Imants Larsen in the Bruch Double Concerto for clarinet and viola.

Next up, in May, Paul Dean takes the podium for Spotlight on Bruckner. The major work in this concert is Bruckner's epic, Symphony no.7, but audiences will also enjoy hearing the rarely performed Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola by Bruch. This will be performed by the conductor himself on clarinet, along with colleague Imants Larsen from Ensemble Q on Viola. To celebrate its first performance at the Thomas Dixon Centre, the orchestra will also give a special rare performance of the symphonic poem D'un soir triste by Lili Boulanger.

Antoni Bonetti conductor orchestra
Spotlight on Drama will be conducted by Antoni Bonetti

Spotlight on Drama sees Conductor Laureate, Antoni Bonetti, return to present a program of music featuring music that is inspired by stories. Popular favourites such as Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite no.1, Berlioz's Hungarian March from La damnation de Faust, and Suk's Pohadka (Fairy Tale). The soloist for this program is pianist Victor Huang, who was the winner of the 2022 QMTA Concerto Competition. He will be performing Bartok's Piano Concerto no.3 at the concert which will take place in Brisbane's City Hall in August.

Phoebe Russell Double Bass
Phoebe Russell will perform as soloist with the Orchestra for the final concert for 2023

The final concert of the year will be a stunning finale, entitled Spotlight on the Double Bass. This concert in November features the celebrated principal Bassist of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Phoebe Russell performing Bottesini's Double Bass Concerto no.2. In another coup for the orchestra, they will also give the Queensland and Brisbane premieres of Australian composer James Ledger's Signal Lost. Paul Dean will also conduct the orchestra in one of his favourite symphonies, Sibelius' Symphony no. 5.

Tickets for Brisbane Symphony Orchestra's In The Spotlight Season are now on sale and represent a significant saving on the regular ticket prices which will go on sale later in the year. You can find out more about the orchestra and their concerts by visiting their Website or purchase season passes directly through the Ticket Tailor Website. Season Passes will only be available until 1 March.
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Why? Want more classical music in your life, check out BSO's 2023 Season
When: Concerts in March, May, August & November
Where: Brisbane City Hall, Thomas Dixon Centre
Cost: Pricing for the four concert season: Adult A Reserve - $160; Concession A Reserve - $145; Adult B Reserve (Stalls) - $145; Concession B Reserve (Stalls) - $120
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