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As an arts leader and great Australian orchestra the QSO plays a pivotal role in Queensland’s arts landscape – educating; mentoring aspiring performers; touring regional centres; broadcasting and performing with state, national and international ballet and opera companies. Each year the QSO attracts the world’s best conductors and soloists as part of its acclaimed concert season, in addition to presenting unique blockbuster events. QSO is passionate about commissioning innovative new programs and Australian works, and as the first Australian orchestra to partner with Foxtel Arts, continues to invest in collaborations, recordings and digital initiatives. In 2014 alone, the QSO engaged with over 1.1 million people. In October 2015, QSO announced Alondra de la Parra as Music Director Designate. Ms la Parra will commence in 2017.
QSO’s Music Director is proudly supported by Timothy Fairfax AC.
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On Star Trek – Live in Concert. “From that opening horn line over the titles, I was absolutely hooked. The QSO performed with the finesse and professionalism of any recording orchestra.”
Scott Buckly – 8 February 2015
On the inaugural QSOCurrent. “I’d love to see Current end up a universal truth in the Brisbane calendar. This is the brand-new new music initiative of Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and their Tom Thum concert was the runaway hit. QSO had to put a second concert on sale after the first sold out, a triumphant change to new music concerts having to paper their houses.”
Lyle Chan, Limelight – 27 May 2015
“The conductor for the evening was Mexican Alondra de la Parra, who Placido Domingo has described as “an extraordinary conductor”. In the second work on the programme, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade Orchestral Suite, she showed her skills not just in the guiding of the orchestra, she became part of the orchestra, responding to the music with some balletic qualities.”
John Daly-Peoples, NBR – 29 May 2015
“Basing my judgement on their recent Mahler performances with Simone Young – the First Symphonyin 2014 and, even more spectacularly, the massive Sixth this year – and having heard them under Fritzsch in a couple of operatic performances, I can say that the QSO is now an excellent ensemble: indeed, it is difficult to imagine any other of the Australian orchestras surpassing this most recent Mahlerian achievement.”
John Carmody, Limelight – 14 September 2015
On the Sibelius Violin Concerto (original 1903/04 version) with Maxim Vengerov. “The result is a sweeping symphony featuring solo violin in equal voice to stir audiences to not only rapturous applause but a mid-show standing ovation and four pre-intermission curtain calls.”
Meredith Walker, Blue Curtains Brisbane – 5 December 2015