Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Season 2021

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) is well into Season 2021 performing back in the Concert Hall at QPAC a program that includes three commissioned world premieres, headlined by the acclaimed Maestro series which is collection of 10 world-class classical celebrations.  This is in addition to the QSO’s touring program, the popular Rehearsal Series, the education and school program and of course the off-site program of ensemble appearances.

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Special Event: Cinematic – Heroes and Heroines
SAT 24 APR 3PM & 7.30PM at the Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor & Host Nicholas Buc

GIACCHINO The Incredibles
SILVESTRI The Avengers
TOPRAK Captain Marvel
ROWLAND The Man From Snowy River

DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
DESPLAT The Imitation Game

Our signature Cinematic concert returns for another year! Cinematic presents an evocative mix of music from the movies, with a bit of classical thrown in. Themed Heroes and Heroines – it’s a tribute to heroic characters, big and small, super and ordinary, across the ages. From blockbuster classical to blockbuster films, you’ll hear why – when it comes to music of action and inspiration – there is nothing more powerful than a live symphony orchestra.


Morning Masterworks + Maestro: Pictures at an Exhibition – Musical Vignettes
FRI 30 APR 11AM | SAT 1 MAY 7.30PM at the Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor Benjamin Northey
Soloist Alison Mitchell, flute
Soloist Irit Silver, clarinet
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Overture from May Night
KERRY Sinfonia Concertante for Flute, Clarinet and Orchestra (World Premiere)
Commissioned by the late Marena Manzoufas
MUSSORGSKY (arr. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition was a series of pieces for piano based on a famous set of paintings. The paintings themselves were small but the sounds that Mussorgsky created were so big, it wasn’t long before fellow composer Maurice Ravel arranged them into an aurally spectacular version for orchestra. As an added highlight, we’re delighted to feature two of our Orchestra’s musicians Irit Silver and Alison Mitchell, performing a world premiere double concerto for flute, clarinet and orchestra, by Australian composer Gordon Kerry. Presented in association with QPAC.


Music on Sundays: Shakespearean Classics – Music Inspired by the Bard
SUN 9 MAY 11AM & 3PM at the Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor Max McBride
Host Guy Noble
Soloist Rebecca Cassidy, soprano (Opera Queensland Young Artist)

BEETHOVEN Overture from Coriolan
MENDELSSOHN Music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
PROKOFIEV Music from Romeo and Juliet
TCHAIKOVSKY Hamlet; Fantasy Overture after Shakespeare
SCHUBERT Who is Sylvia? (Was ist Sylvia?), D.891
VERDI Piangea cantando (Willow Song) from Otello

In this concert, hear a selection of the most powerful and enjoyable works inspired by Shakespeare’s plays from Mendelssohn’s iconic music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream through to Prokofiev’s extraordinary ballet music for Romeo and Juliet. Presented in association with Opera Queensland.


Special Event: Musical Theatre Gala – Broadway to West End
SAT 15 MAY 3PM & 7.30PM at the Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor & Host Guy Noble
Soloist  Lorina Gore, soprano
Soloist  Simon Gleeson, tenor

LLOYD WEBER The Phantom of the Opera
SCHÖNBERG Les Misérables


Featuring award-winning Australian soprano Lorina Gore and acclaimed performer Simon Gleeson with the full power of a large orchestra, you will be treated to music from Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Chess, Frozen and much, much more from the great musicals of the 20th and 21st century. This concert will also feature two emerging Musical Theatre soloists from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Presented in association with Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.


Morning Masterworks + Maestro: Mozart and Brahms – Music to Soothe Your Soul
FRI 28 MAY 11AM | SAT 29 MAY 3PM & 7.30PM at the Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor Alexander Briger
Soloist Diana Doherty, oboe

Oboe Concerto in C, K.314
BRAHMS Symphony No.2 in D

There are times when we want orchestral music to take us on journeys that are dramatic and stormy, but then there are times when we crave the opposite. Brahms had proved he could do the former with his majestic First Symphony and then set out to do the latter in his Symphony No.2. His music will soothe your ears and your heart. Serene and glowing, it is a masterpiece designed to lift your spirits. It’s also a perfect match for the Mozart Oboe Concerto in C, performed by Diana Doherty, one of Australia’s greatest woodwind players.


*** Friday Nights + Maestro: Epic Sounds – Music that Soars (world premiere)
SAT 26 JUN 3PM & 7.30PM at the Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor Benjamin Northey
Soloist William Barton, didgeridoo


WAGNER Overture from The Flying Dutchman
BARTON New Work (World Premiere)
Commissioned by Queensland Symphony Orchestra through the support of Justice Anthe Philippides
SIBELIUS Symphony No.5 in E flat

QSO presents the premiere of a new work by acclaimed Australian didgeridoo player and composer, William Barton. The sound of this majestic instrument will fill the concert hall, in a performance that also features Wagner’s dramatic Overture to The Flying Dutchman and the mighty Fifth Symphony by Sibelius. Presented in association with QPAC.


Music on Sundays: Great Inventions – Music of Surprise and Delight
SUN 25 JUL 11AM & 3PM  at the Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor Benjamin Bayl
Host Guy Noble
Soloist Thomas Allely, tuba

HAYDN Creation Part 1, Representation of Chaos
HAYDN Symphony No.101 in D (The Clock), mvt 2
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.8, mvt 2
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio espagnol
SAMUEL JONES Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra
DEBUSSY (arr. Caplet) Pagodes from Estampes

In this entertaining concert, QSO features music by the great composers, each one marked by a unique attempt to try something different. For instance, Beethoven wrote the second movement of his Eighth Symphony to sound like an invention of his day – the metronome! Haydn also was inspired by the mechanical world – his famous Symphony No. 101 has a delightful ticking melody in the second movement that earned it the nickname ‘The Clock’. Debussy sought to mimic the sound of Indonesian Gamelan music in his Pagodes from Estampes.


Morning Masterworks + Maestro: Breathtaking Tchaikovsky – Passion and Tragedy
FRI 6 AUG 11AM | SAT 7 AUG 3PM & 7.30PM at the Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor Johannes Fritzsch

Symphony No.6 in B minor (Pathétique)

Nine days before the great Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky died, he premiered his last great symphony – the Symphony No.6. It is known as the ‘Passionate’ symphony in Russian or the rather more tragic ‘Pathétique’ in French. Conducted by QSO Conductor Laureate Johannes Fritzsch, this will be an unforgettable experience for everyone in the concert hall.


Music on Sundays: Around the World – An Orchestral Globetrot
SUN 29 AUG 11AM & 3PM at the Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor & Host Guy Noble

SIBELIUS Finlandia
COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
RAVEL Pavane for a Dead Princess
DVOŘÁK Slavonic Dances Op.72, No.7
HANDEL Overture from Royal Fireworks Music
HISAISHI My Neighbor Totoro
QSO’s irrepressible host and conductor Guy Noble will take your around the world with music from every corner of the globe. You’ll imagine the icy beauty of Finland as Sibelius’ Finlandia rings in your ears, enjoy a fireworks show with an English monarch and feel the magic of Totoro, one of Japan’s most-loved animated characters, and more!


*** Morning Masterworks + Maestro: Queensland’s Finest – A Trio of Talent (world premiere)
FRI 3 SEP 11AM |   SAT 4 SEP 7.30PM at the Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor Dane Lam
Soloist Jayson Gillham, piano

SEBASTIAN LINGANE New Work (World Premiere)
Commissioned by Queensland Symphony Orchestra
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.4 in G
R. STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks (Till Eulenspiegel’s lustige Streiche)

This concert is a showcase of three of Queensland’s brightest musicians, featured together for the first time. Conducted by Dane Lam, acclaimed both here and overseas, this performance includes a brand-new composition by talented young composer, Sebastian Lingane, who was the winner of QSO’s 2019 Compose Program.  They are joined by Australian pianist Jayson Gillham who won the Montreal International Music Competition in 2014, performing Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto with “absorbing and relentless elegance” (Montreal Gazette). He has only grown in stature as an interpreter of Beethoven’s piano concertos since. You can also enjoy Richard Strauss’ tone poem Till Eulenspiegel – a musical tale of a mischief-maker represented with equally mischievous music.

Presented by Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Brisbane Festival. Presented in association with QPAC.


Friday Nights + Maestro: Beethoven and Sibelius – Musical Masterpieces
FRI 1 OCT 7.30PM | SAT 2 OCT 3PM & 7.30PM at the Concert Hall, QPAC

Conductor Alexander Briger
Soloist Grace Clifford, violin

SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.7 in A

Australian violinist Grace Clifford will take you to the world of Jean Sibelius with his finger-busting and evocative Violin Concerto. This will be followed by the one and only ‘Beethoven 7’, a piece with such infectious rhythms and powerful emotions that you only need to hear it once to be swept away by it. This is a must-see concert in our 2021 season.


Music on Sundays: Song to Symphony – Inspirational Folk Melodies
SUN 28 NOV 11AM & 3PM at the Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor Ludovic Morlot
Host Guy Noble
Soloist Hyung Suk Bae, cello

BARTÓK Hungarian Sketches
DEBUSSY Excerpts from The Toy Box

BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture
COPLAND Simple Gifts from Appalachian Spring
DVOŘÁK Silent Wood for Cello and Orchestra
QSO’s final Music on Sundays concert for the year features a program of music inspired by folk songs – Brahms’ famous Academic Festival Overture, a joyous medley of drinking songs arranged for orchestra, Copland’s superb rendering of the tune ‘Simple Gifts’ in his Appalachian Spring, and Dvořák’s lyrical Silent Wood, presented in a gorgeous arrangement for cello and orchestra, featuring QSO cellist Hyung Suk Bae.


Friday Nights + Maestro: Four Last Songs – Season Closing Gala
FRI 3 DEC 7.30PM | SAT 4 DEC 7.30PM at the Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor Ludovic Morlot
Soloist Emma Pearson, soprano

R. STRAUSS Four Last Songs
DEBUSSY La Mer (The Sea)

At the age of 84, shortly before Richard Strauss died, he took four poems and set them to music. These songs for soprano and orchestra went on to become known as Strauss’ Four Last Songs. Performed by Australian soprano Emma Pearson, there is no better way we could finish off our concert year. The concert also features one of Debussy’s great masterpieces, La Mer, an invocation of the sea so strong, you can smell the salt and hear the waves.

Gabi Bergman

Gabi Bergman is a Melbourne-based performer and educator, and is the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of AussieTheatre.com. She holds a Double Arts degree in Theatre Studies and Film/Screen Studies and a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education). Gabi has always been an avid lover of theatre, specifically musicals, and spends way too much money than she’d like to admit on tickets. Her most prized possession is her crate of theatre programs.

Gabi Bergman

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