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CATHEDRAL OF SOUND (Maestro and Morning Masterworks)
Epic Musical Soundscapes
Date: Fri 10 May 11am and Sat 11 May 7.30pm  Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor: 
Johannes Fritzsch  Soloist: Piers Lane, piano

MOZART Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K488
BRUCKNER 
Symphony No.7

Johannes Fritzsch, Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Conductor Laureate conducts Bruckner’s ravishing seventh symphony, a spiritual odyssey of dark cosmic power rich in melodic beauty. Trembling strings whisper mystery at the start. Eloquently mournful, the Adagio is a moving elegy to Wagner. Spiky rhythms fire the Scherzo and the trumpet’s lively tune portrays a crowing rooster. Peeling brass and eddying strings draw the work to a close. In 1786, Mozart wrote three piano concertos. No.23 is a gem. One of Mozart’s most treasured works, the piano’s confessional voice in the Adagio especially touches the heart. In the Finale, enjoy the soloist’s rapid flurries through rippled passagework.

KINGS AND QUEENS (Music on Sundays)
Music Fit for Royalty
Date: Sun 19 May 11.30am  Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor: 
Fabian Russell  Host: Guy Noble  Soloist: Jason Redman, trombone

VERDI Nabucco Overture
LEHMANN 
Concerto for Trombone, mvt 1 & 3
J. STRAUSS JR. 
Emperor Waltzes
HANDEL 
Entrance of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon, HWV 67
ELGAR 
Imperial March

We never lose our fascination with royalty, from TV series like The Crown to keeping up with the latest news of royal babies and weddings! In this concert prepare to lose yourself in the opulent and triumphant world of Kings and Queens, with a feast of processions, waltzes and marches, including the ever-popular Entrance of the Queen of Sheba by Handel. We also feature that most noble of instruments, the trombone, in a concerto written especially for our Principal Trombone, Jason Redman.

 

WAVE 2019 – THUNDAMENTALS & QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Thundamentals and Queensland Symphony Orchestra Present I Love Songs: A Night At The Symphony

Date: Friday May 24, 2019  Venue: The Tivoli

Acclaimed Australian hip-hop trio Thundamentals will stage a special one-off show with QSO at The Tivoli – I Love Songs: A Night At The Symphony, re-imagining their acclaimed new album I Love Songs in its entirety, plus playing some of their most loved hits from the past decade, as part of QSO’s cutting-edge music collaboration, WAVE 2019. WAVE is a series of concerts morphing modern sounds, technology and talent with the classical heritage and strength of the state’s orchestra, together with work from Australia’s hottest names, shining the spotlight on contemporary music and Australian composers and music makers.

 

HAUNTING VISTAS (Chamber Players)
Date: 
Sun 26 May 3pm  Venue: Queensland Symphony Orchestra Studio

MADELEINE DRING Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano
Performed by: 
Hayley Radke, flute; Sarah Meagher, oboe; Claire Preston, piano

SCULTHORPE 
String Quartet No.12 (From Ubirr)
Performed by: Alan Smith, Jane Burroughs, violin; Nicholas Tomkin, viola; Andre Duthoit, cello

SCHUBERT String Quintet in C, Op.163
Performed by: Alan Smith, Jane Burroughs, violin; Nicholas Tomkin, viola; Andre Duthoit,
Kathryn Close, cello

OPERA GALA (Choral)
A Night of Opera Favourites

Date: Sat 1 Jun 7.30pm  Venue:  Concert Hall, QPAC

Conductor: Giovanni Reggioli  Soloists: Natalie Aroyan, soprano; Kang Wang, tenor

Chorus: Brisbane Chorale

VERDI Nabucco Overture

PUCCINI Act 1 finale from La Bohème

PUCCINI Bimba dagli occhi pieni de malia (Love Duet) from Madama Butterfly

VERDI Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco

VERDI Brindisi (Drinking Song) from La Traviata

Opera has been popular for years because it turns all our human emotions up to 11. Couples falling in love, heartbreaking love triangles, drinking songs, slaves celebrating their freedom. The stories and scenes almost don’t matter – they’re all just a great excuse to hear soaring melodies, rousing choruses and the glorious sound of the human voice in full flight. We’ve picked some of the greatest opera moments of all time and we’re going to present them all in one spectacular night. Whether you’re an opera buff or want to sample the world of opera to see what the fuss is about, you’ll have a great time at our Opera Gala.

SOULFUL JOURNEYS (Maestro)
Mysterious, Mellow, Smooth

Date: Sat 8 Jun 7.30pm  Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC

Conductor: Daniel Blendulf  Soloist: Pablo Ferrandez, cello
Chorus: Canticum Chamber Choir

SKIPWORTH Spiritus

DEBUSSY Nocturnes

DVOŘÁConcerto in B minor for Cello and Orchestra

‘I want to take listeners to a place that’s kind of familiar but also unsettling,’ says Australian composer Lachlan Skipworth about Spiritus, an exploration of the psychological and primal impact of the wind. Stylistically, the music glimmers with transparency, fresh harmonies and inventive timbral blends. Dream in Debussy’s impressionistic Nocturnes, where a women’s wordless chorus contributes another skein of luminous colour in these stunning forays into light and shade. Championed by numerous cello greats, Dvořák’s soulful concerto radiates tuneful glory. Branded the ‘greatest’ by music lovers, the ingenious scoring ensures the cello’s sorrowful voice is always distinctly heard.

ANIMAL KINGDOM (Music on Sundays)
What Do a Bee, a Lark, and a Swan Have in Common?

Date: Sun 16 Jun 11.30am  Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC

Conductor: Richard Davis  Host: Guy Noble  Soloist: Warwick Adeney, violin

COPLAND Hoe Down from Rodeo

KATS-CHERNIN Excerpts from Wild Swans Suite

  1. STRAUSS JR.FledermausOverture

RESPIGHI Excerpts from The Birds

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Flight of the Bumblebee from Tale of the Tsar Saltan

VAUGHN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending

We share our blue planet with thousands of species of diverse creatures – and now for one morning, we will share our stage with them as well. In this salute to the natural world, our musicians will bring to life a pantheon of beasts, including Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous bumblebee! From the powerful to the petite, the furry to the feathered – this will be a wild and woolly morning. Guaranteed fun for the whole family!

TWO TREASURES (Chamber Players)

Date: Sun 14 Jul 3pm

Venue: Queensland Symphony Orchestra Studio

POULENC Sonata for Cello and Piano

Performed by: Hyung Suk Bae, cello; Maxwell Foster, piano

BEETHOVEN Septet in E flat, Op.20

Performed by: Irit Silver, clarinet; Evan Lewis, bassoon; Lauren Manuel, French Horn;
Glenn Christensen, violin; Charlotte Burbrook de Vere, viola; Simon Cobcroft, cello;
Phoebe Russell, double bass

THE GREAT SYMPHONY (Maestro)
Simone Young Returns

Date: Sat 20 Jul 7.30pm  Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC

Conductor: Simone Young  Soloist: Nils Mӧnkemeyer, viola

BRETT DEAN Notturno inquieto (Australian premiere)

BARTÓK Viola Concerto

SCHUBERT Symphony No.9 in C (Great C Major)

Franz Schubert’s ninth symphony is like a fantastic machine from the steam age. Like hundreds of tiny cogs and wheels, small snatches of melody are passed back and forth between the instruments of the orchestra. Moment by moment, the music builds into an epic and joyous wall of sound. Also in this concert, enjoy the chance to hear the viola as a solo instrument. Bartók uses the instrument’s mellow tone to great effect in this intense viola concerto, which explores the composer’s grief about the Second World War and despair about his devastated country. Finally, we include an Australian farewell on a smaller scale. Composer Brett Dean was formerly a violist with the Berlin Philharmonic and he wrote Notturno Inquieto when that orchestra bid farewell to its dynamic chief conductor, Simon Rattle.

 

SOUNDS FROM THE DEEP (Music on Sundays)

The Power of Water

Date: Sun 4 Aug 11.30am  Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC

Conductor and Host: Guy Noble  Soloist: Karin Schaupp, guitar

SMETANA The Moldau from Ma vlast

HANDEL Water Music Suite No.1 (Bourree and Hornpipe)

WESTLAKE Excerpts from Antarctica: Suite for Orchestra and Guitar

MYERS Cavatina from The Deer Hunter

  1. STRAUSS JR.On the Beautiful Blue Danube

TCHAIKOVSKY Excerpts from Swan Lake

Water – sometimes peaceful, sometimes turbulent, always captivating. You will experience all of this as Queensland Symphony Orchestra transports you into the world of water – a small trickle that transforms into a flowing river, a royal barge gliding down the Thames, the frozen expanses of Antarctica, and of course, the one and only Beautiful Blue Danube. Join us for a memorable Sunday morning as our musicians conjure up all these images and more.

THE NEW WORLD (Maestro and Morning Masterworks)
Majestic Music Inspired by America
Date: Fri 9 Aug 11am & Sat 10 Aug 7.30pm  Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor: Alondra de la Parra  Soloist: Martin Grubinger, percussion

COPLAND Appalachian Spring

DORMAN Frozen in Time

DVOŘÁK Symphony No.9 (From the New World)

Appalachian Spring’s stirring vision of America roils with boundless optimism. This tribute to the resilience of the human spirit and discovery of a new world is invigorating. Frozen in Time is a concerto for percussion, performed by superstar Martin Grubinger. It presents four imaginary snapshots of earth as a prehistoric continent, each contrasting movement featuring a phase in the earth’s geological development. Dvořák’s late romantic symphony is one of classical music’s most popular works. Trumpeting a new dawn for American music and threaded with memorable tunes, it’s regarded as a pre-Copland homage to the pioneering frontier’s wide-open spaces and ends in major-key glory. Queensland Symphony Orchestra Music Director is proudly supported by Tim Fairfax AC.

 

LATIN AMERICA GALA (Special Event)
Alondra Hosts America vs Brazil
Date: 
Sat 17 Aug 7.30pm  Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor: 
Alondra de la Parra  Soloist: Yamandu Costa, guitar

CHÁVEZ Sinfonía india (Symphony No.2)

COSTA Concerto Fronteira

GUARNIERI Dança Brasileira

GUARNIERI Dança Selvagem

GUARNIERI Dança Negra

CHAPELA Ínguesu

VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas Brasileiras No.7

MONCAYO Huapango

Enrico Chapela’s orchestral composition Ínguesu is a musical description of one of Mexico’s proudest sporting moments – defeating Brazil in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup soccer match. It also highlights the theme of our night – music inspired by Brazil and Mexico. You’ll hear music from Latin American composers and composers inspired by Latin America in one inspiring night. Last time Music Director Alondra de la Parra conducted a program of music like this, audiences and reviewers alike went wild. `In the most exciting Queensland Symphony Orchestra concert in memory, resident music director Alondra de la Parra conducted a never-to-be-forgotten performance that was bursting at the seams with vitality, giving the smiling players a white-knuckle ride that looked as enjoyable as it was terrifying.’ Don’t miss out on what is sure to be one of the sensations of the 2019 season.Queensland Symphony Orchestra Music Director is proudly supported by Tim Fairfax AC.

ROMANCE AND REVOLUTION (Maestro)
The Spirit of Invention
Date: Thu 12 Sep 7.30pm  Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor: Alondra de la Parra  Soloist: Paul Lewis, piano

VINE – An Orchestral Fanfare

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.4 in G

PROKOFIEV Symphony No.5 in B flat

What do you call a piece that only runs five minutes? Australian composer Carl Vine decided a short work deserved a short title and called it simply V (for the Roman numeral!). ‘I wanted to sing of the free, happy man, his mighty power, his chivalry and purity of spirit,’ said Prokofiev about his searching Fifth Symphony which overflows with persuasive charm. Yet it’s also witty, edgy and contrarian, with exquisite melodies. Melting emotion lies at the heart of Beethoven’s Concerto. Far from the feisty keyboard style for which the composer was famed, this subdued work requires finesse and grace. Its gentle triumph broke new ground, which could explain its cool reception. Performed twice in the composer’s lifetime, it garnered extensive acclaim when championed by Mendelssohn in 1836. Presented by Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Brisbane Festival

 

PAUL LEWIS IN RECITAL (Special Event)

A Feast of Piano Masterpieces

Date: Sat 14 Sep 7.30pm  Venue: Queensland Symphony Orchestra Studio

HAYDN Piano Sonata in E minor, Hob XVI: 34

BRAHMS Three Intermezzi, Op.117

BEETHOVEN 33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op.120

Paul Lewis is one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century. A specialist in the music of the great masters, particularly Beethoven, his performances and recordings have won him international acclaim. 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.’ With a beautiful touch and an astonishing ear for the many colours of the piano, a Paul Lewis recital is an experience not to be forgotten. In the intimacy of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra studio, this concert will be one of the musical highlights of 2019! The Artist-in-Residence program is supported by The University of Queensland.

MOONLIT REVOLUTION (Chamber Players)

Date: Sun 22 Sep 3pm    Venue: Queensland Symphony Orchestra Studio

BEETHOVEN String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op.131

BERNARD HOEY New Work (World Premiere)

Performed by: Shane Chen, Rebecca Seymour, violin; Bernard Hoey, viola; Hyung Suk Bae, cello

SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op.4

Performed by: Shane Chen, Nicholas Thin, violin; Nicole Greentree, Kirsten Hulin-Bobart, viola;
Hyung Suk Bae, Matthew Kinmont, cello

RAY CHEN RETURNS (Maestro and Morning Masterworks)

Queensland’s Own Violin Master

Date: Fri 11 Oct 11am and Sat 12 Oct 7.30pm  Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC

Conductor: Erin Helyard                  Soloist: Ray Chen, violin

J.S. BACH Chaconne in D minor, BWV1004*

J.S. BACH Orchestral Suite No.4 in D minor, BWV1069

HANDEL Double Orchestral Concerto No.2, HWV333 in F*

MENDELSSOHN Sinfonia No.10 in B minor

MENDELSSOHN Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op.64

*Not featured in Morning Masterworks

Tune in to the magical charms of violin and strings. Revel in music by Bach and Handel, the towering composers of the Baroque Period. About the Chaconne, Brahms said it expressed, ‘a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings.’ Bach’s compelling and energised Suite is majestic. Stately grandeur also informs Handel’s Concerto with its glorious antiphonal effects, the period’s equivalence of stereo. Also savour the refreshing sound world of horns, oboes and bassoon. In Mendelssohn’s Concerto, the violin’s soaring melody, the orchestra’s exquisitely spun accompaniment and the astonishing pyrotechnics required from the soloist is breathtaking. Enjoy more of this composer’s flair for crafting melody and dramatic string tapestries in Sinfonia No.10.

TOYS AND PUPPETS (Music on Sundays)

Musical Playtime for the Young at Heart

Date: Sun 27 Oct 11.30am  Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC

Conductor: Alondra de la Parra  Host: Guy Noble  Soloist: Phoebe Russell, double bass

STRAVINSKY The Shrove-Tide Fair from Petrushka

DELIBES Excerpts from Coppélia

DEBUSSY Excerpts from Children’s Corner

STRAVINSKY Excerpts from Pulcinella

  1. MOZARTToy Symphony in C

BOTTESINI Double Bass Concerto No.2 in B minor, mvt 1

As any child will tell you, our toys have a vibrant history – they’re almost alive. In this concert Music Director Alondra de la Parra will take us on an orchestral romp through a delightful selection of music that breathes new life into our toys. There will be puppets, dolls and other surprises. Marvel at the ‘Toy Symphony’, written by Leopold Mozart (Wolfgang Amadeus’ father), featuring some pretty wild noisemakers. This concert is for the child in all of us.Queensland Symphony Orchestra Music Director is proudly supported by Tim Fairfax AC.

TCHAIKOVSKY AND BEETHOVEN (Maestro)

Old School Meets New School

Date: Fri 1 Nov 7.30pm  Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC

Conductor: Alondra de la Parra  Soloist:  Nemanja Radulovic, violin

IBARRA Sinfonia No.2, ‘Las Antesalas del Sueño

TCHAIKOVSKY Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra

BEETHOVEN Symphony No.6 in F (Pastorale)

Inspired by surrealism, pounding piano chords combine with darkly murmured strings, brass and percussion at the start of Ibarra’s theatrical Sinfonia. Savour Tchaikovsky’s Concerto’s tunefulness and breathtaking virtuosity in which the violin is, ‘pulled about and beaten black and blue.’ Admire the lovely flute and violin exchange in the second movement and sit back for the onslaught of gypsy, kick-up-your- heels vivacity in the volatile Trepak derived finale. The concert ends with the audience favourite: Beethoven’s ‘Pastorale’ Symphony. In the 19th century, it conjured up images of the countryside, in the 20th century it was associated with Disney’s Fantasia – but in all eras, it’s music of breathtaking beauty. Queensland Symphony Orchestra Music Director is proudly supported by Tim Fairfax AC.

TIMELESS (Morning Masterworks and Closing Gala)

Season Finale

Date: Fri 15 Nov 11am and Sat 16 Nov 7.30pm  Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC

Conductor: Alondra de la Parra  Soloist: Paul Lewis, piano

RAVEL Rapsodie espagnol*

GRIEG Piano Concerto in A minor

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.5 in E minor

*Not featured in Morning Masterworks

Be swept away to Spain in Rapsodie espagnol. Spanish melodies, rhythm and popular dances Habanera and Malaguena framed by ravishing orchestral colour reveal Ravel’s fascination with the region. Passionate and poetic, Grieg’s piano concerto is a gem. Soloist and orchestra are woven into a luxurious coherence. After a crisp orchestral cue, the soloist executes a torrent of descending chords. A wistful oboe solo is passed to the piano and reveals the close alliance between soloist and orchestra. Delight in Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. With its romantic tunes, striking instrumental colours, balletic eloquence, and explosive peaks there’s plenty to enjoy. Queensland Symphony Orchestra Music Director is proudly supported by Tim Fairfax AC. The Artist-in-Residence program is supported by The University of Queensland.

 

COMPELLING THEMES (Chamber Players)

Date: Sun 24 Nov 3pm

Venue: Queensland Symphony Orchestra Studio

MICHAEL HAYDN Divertimento in C

Performed by: Sarah Meagher, oboe; Charlotte Burbrook de Vere, viola; Justin Bullock, double bass

BEETHOVEN String Quintet in C, Op.29

Performed by: Shane Chen, Helen Travers, violin; Graham Simpson, Nicole Greentree, viola;
Andre Duthoit, cello


MARTINŮ, String Sextet, H.22

Performed by: Shane Chen, Delia Kinmont, violin; Nicole Greentree, Bernard Hoey, viola;
Matthew Kinmont, Hyung Suk Bae, cello

MESSIAH (Choral)

Brisbane’s Great Christmas Tradition
Date: Sat 7 Dec 7.30pm  Venue: Concert Hall, QPAC

Conductor: Stephen Layton  Soloists: Sara Macliver, soprano; Helen Charlston, mezzo soprano;
Gwilym Bowen, tenor; Laurence Williams, bass-baritone
Chorus: Brisbane Chamber Choir

HANDEL Messiah

A Performance of Handel’s enduring masterpiece, with its famous ‘Hallelujah’ chorus, is a much-loved Christmas tradition. As well as exploring biblical elements, the libretto surveys hope, suffering, death, resurrection and redemption, the hallmarks of the human condition and has universal appeal. Stephen Layton has a deep affinity with Handel’s music, and will bring his own interpretation to the work to Brisbane. Together with the Brisbane Chamber Choir, the quartet of rising stars and established vocal soloists promises superb singing and a thrilling and memorable evening.

 

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