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Published January 15th 2015
The symphony orchestra no longer seems to be the cultural mainstay of yesteryear, but an orchestra continues to play an indispensable part in any city's arts scene.
The sound of a full orchestra tuning their instruments before a performance is one of the truly exhilarating sounds anyone will encounter in their lives – an experience I would recommend to all, regardless of age or musical taste.
Each year the QSO serves up a wonderfully diverse season program featuring numerous renowned international guest performers, giving a range of classical concerts to suit all age and price ranges.
2015 is no different.
The QSO's signature 'Maestro Series' of concerts will this year feature (among many others) such well known composers and music as Beethoven's ground-breaking Symphony No.5, Tchaikovsky's ever popular Piano Concerto No.1 and Saint-Saëns beautiful Symphony No.3, commonly known as the 'Organ Symphony'.
Maestro Series' concerts take place each month at QPAC's main performing hall, usually on a Saturday night. Dress up and combine a concert with a meal at one of Southbank's many excellent restaurants for a really special and unique night out.
The QSO also offers 5 'Morning Masterworks' concerts, also at QPAC, that provide a more relaxed but no less satisfying classical concert experience.
For the families out there, QSO's season program also includes 2 'Family' concerts and 2 'Kiddies Cushion' concerts that are an excellent opportunity to introduce your children of any age to the joy of classical and orchestral music.
QSO Concertmaster, Warwick Adeney. Image courtesy of QSO website.