I attended the unveiling of Queensland Symphony Orchestra's 2019 Season and I have to tell you, it looks like we are in for another superb season of magical music!
I believe music is one of our rarest transcending communicators. It has the unique ability to reach into our hearts and move our souls. No matter your origin story, your background or the colour of your hair, there is a beat out there that makes you move. Music can lift us up or keep us low. It can take you back in time. It can transform an entire scene in a movie. It can change your mood. It can do all this, without using any words at all. I don't know about you but that's what I call magic.
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra has unveiled an inspiring line up of music. Expect everything from Bach to Harry Potter. There will be concertos for harp, clarinet, guitar, oboe, cello, trombone, double bass, viola, piano and violin. The orchestra will be welcoming Simone Young, Ray Chen, Piers Lane and many more. Once again led by Music Director Alondra de la Parra, 2019 will present 6 Australian conductors; 13 Australian Soloists; 3 Australian Choirs; 8 Australian Composers; 10 Australian Compositions and Artist-in-Residence: Paul Lewis.
The new season promises to delight orchestral devotees and bring newcomers to a new state of musical bliss.
"We are an orchestra that's relevant, that connects with all people, across all geographies, cultures, backgrounds and ages. What's extraordinary is that the company creates and delivers unique musical experiences across this huge state. Highly trained professional musicians at home in any great concert hall on the planet travel to all corners of Queensland to connect with Queenslanders, to ensure all Queenslanders can experience the true power of live music. This is an important role to play,"Mr Chris Freeman, Queensland Symphony Orchestra Chair.
With no further ado let me introduce you to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra 2019 Season.
SPECIAL EVENTS Feb 9th Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert Grab your broom and ready as The Triwizard Tournament comes to Hogwarts! All the magic of Harry Potter in High Definition on the big screen accompanied by a live symphony orchestra performing Patrick Doyle's unforgettable score will leave you flying.
May 4 The Last Night of the Proms Prepare for the traditional elements of the Royal Albert Hall event with an Australian twist. Featuring Australian artists and music (Nigel Westlake) together with Gershwin, Rossini, Borodin, Gounod, Gjeilo and others.
Aug 17 Latin American Gala
Imagine an America vs Brazil orchestral sound-off with guitarist Yamandu Costa and Queensland Symphony Orchestra, guaranteed to raise the roof! Personally looking forward to some music from home, this should be an exhilarating ride.
Sep 14 Paul Lewis in Recital
A feast of Piano Masterpieces.
Hailed as one of the greatest pianists of our time, Paul Lewis is Queensland Symphony's Artist-in-Residence.
Anthony Tommasini declared in The New York Times: 'There are many prized recordings of the Beethoven sonatas but if I had to recommend a single complete set, I would suggest Mr Lewis' distinguished recordings.'
"Paul is an exceptional pianist with a renowned international reputation and is a specialist in the music of the great masters, particularly Beethoven. He has a long touring history with Australia, but next year will be his debut with Queensland Symphony Orchestra; he will perform in four incredible concerts and I know he will bring a lot of joy to our audience."Music Director Alondra de la Parra
February 16 Heavenly
Music to lift your soul. Mozart - Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat Mahler - Symphony No.4 Conductor Alondra de la Parra Soloist - Paul Lewis (Piano) Soprano Morgan England-Jones
March 15 - 16 Romeo & Juliet
Tragedy Never Sounded so beautiful Rossini - The William Tell Overture Ginastera - Concert for Harp and Orchestra Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet Suite Conductor Diego Matheuz Soloist Marie-Pierre Langlamet (French harpist)
April 13 Dreamscapes
Music for your wildest dreams. Kats-Chernin - Mythic Copland - Concerto for Clarinet - by Italian Alessandro Carbonare Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique Conductor Jaime Martin
May 10-11 Cathedral of Sound
Epic Musical Soundscapes Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K488 Bruckner - Symphony No.7 Conductor Laureate Johannes Fritzsch Soloist Piers Lane (Pianist)
Jun 8 Soulful Journeys
Mysterious, Mellow and Smooth Skipworth - Spiritus Debussy - Nocturnes Dvořαk - Concerto in B minor for Cello and Orchestra Conductor Daniel Blendulf Soloist Pablo Ferrandez (the Spanish cellist)
Jul 20 The Great Symphony
Simone Young Returns Brett Dean - Notturno inquieto Bartok - Viola Concerto Schubert - Symphony No.9 in C (Great C Major) Conductor Simone Young Soloist Nils Mӧnkemeyer (Violist)
Aug 9 - 10 The New World
Majestic Music Inspired by America Copland Appalchian Spring Dorman Frozen in Time Dvorak Symphony No.9 (From the New World) Conductor Alondra de la Parra Soloist Martin Grubinger (Percussionist)
Sep 12 Romance and Revolution
The Spirit of Invention Vine - V-An Orchestral Fanfare Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.4 in G Prokofiev - Symphony No.5 in B flat Conductor Alondra de la Parra Soloist - Paul Lewis (Artist-in-Residence)
Oct 11-12 Ray Chen Returns
Queensland's Own Violin Master J.S Bach Chaconne in D minor J.S Bach Orchestral Suite No.4 in D Minor Handel Double Orchestral Concerto No.2 Mendelssohn Sinfonia No.10 in B Minor Mendelssohn Concerto in E Minor for Violin and Orchestra. Op.64 Conductor Erin Helyard Soloist Ray Chen (violin superstar)
Nov 1 Tchaikovsky and Beethoven
Old School meets New School a music lovers dream! Ibarra Sinfonia No.2 'Las Antesalas del Sueno' Tchaikovsky Concerto in D Minor for Violin and Orchestra Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F (Pastorale) Conductor Alondra de la Parra Soloist Nemanja Radulovic (Serbian violinist)
MUSIC ON SUNDAYS
Photo provided by QSO
Festival of Folk
Sun 10 March 2019
Kings and Queens
Sun 19 May 2019
Sun 16 June 2019
Sounds from the Deep
Sun 4 August 2019
Toys and Puppets
Sun 27 October 2019
CHAMBER PLAYERS SERIES
An up-close and personal series starring Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians at their home studio in South Bank