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Queensland Symphony Orchestra - Season 2019

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Orchestra for Everyone
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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.

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.

Paul Lewis
Photo provided by Queensland Symphony Orchestra

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

QSO, Maestro
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February 16
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
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)

Pablo Fernandez, Cello. Photo provided by QSO

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)

Nemanja Radulovic
Nemanja Radulovic - Photo provided by QSO

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)

QSO, Sunday
Photo provided by QSO

Festival of Folk
Sun 10 March 2019

Kings and Queens
Sun 19 May 2019

Animal Kingdom
Sun 16 June 2019

Sounds from the Deep
Sun 4 August 2019

Toys and Puppets
Sun 27 October 2019

An up-close and personal series starring Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians at their home studio in South Bank

Opera Gala
Sat 1 June 2019

Sat 7 December 2019

WAVE. Photo provided by QSO
WAVE. Photo provided by QSO

WAVE Festival will see Queensland Symphony Orchestra return to fuse modern sounds with technology and sheer talent of some of Australia's hottest contemporary acts.

This one is for the kids and oldies - something for everyone. A mix of old and new and a great introduction to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Season tickets are on sale now! 2019 has all the makings of a masterpiece! Tickets:
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Why? Love of Music
When: Season 2019
Phone: 07 3833 5044
Where: Qpac Concert Hall
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