Cinderella, Rachmaninov, Harry Potter, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, more Sergio Tiempo, Love and Other Catastrophes and Happy Birthday Bernstein….. here’s what’s coming up with

Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2018 – bookings at qso.com.au

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

 

THIS Saturday 19 May from 1.30pm and 7.30pm, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (Special Event)

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN™ – IN CONCERT

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in concert, the third film in the Harry Potter series. On Saturday 19 May 2018, Queensland Symphony Orchestra will perform the magical score to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban live while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 12-metre screen.

 

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry, Ron and Hermione, now teenagers, return for their third year at Hogwarts, where they are forced to face escaped prisoner, Sirius Black, who seems to pose a great threat to Harry. Harry and his friends spend their third year learning how to handle a half-horse, half-eagle creature known as a Hippogriff, repel shape-shifting Boggarts and master the art of Divination. They also visit the wizarding village of Hogsmeade and the Shrieking Shack, which is considered the most haunted dwelling in Britain. In addition to these new experiences, Harry faces a werewolf and must overcome the threats of the soul-sucking Dementors. With his best friends, Harry masters advanced magic, crosses the barriers of time and changes the course of more than one life. Earning an Oscar-nomination for the score, the spellbinding and incredible music composed by John Williams became an instant classic, conjuring beautiful, soaring motifs continuing the adventures of Harry Potter on his magical journey.
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Sunday 3 June from 3.00pm, Queensland Symphony Orchestra Studio, South Bank (Chamber Players)

BEETHOVEN SONATAS
Violin Alan Smith Piano Alex Raineri The Adina String Quartet (Violin Alan Smith and Jane Burroughs Viola Nicholas Tomkin CelloAndre Duthoit)

What could be better than spending the afternoon with Beethoven? Violin Sonata No.5 brims with optimism and is full of adventurous harmonies, elegance and wit. Op. 95, meanwhile, points towards the innovative language in Beethoven’s final quartets. His works in F minor often indicate defiance, and the turbulence and angst heard here are no exception. These tortured emotions arguably came from Beethoven seeing his city invaded and his patrons evicted from their homes, making this a true snapshot in time.

 

Friday 8 June from 11.00am, Concert Hall, QPAC (Morning Masterworks)

TIMELESS ODYSSEYS

Conductor Guy Braunstein Piano Denis Kozhukhin

Prokofiev’s Concerto No.2 is a true heart racer spiked with folksy tunes and lightning rushes up and down the piano keys. No wonder it remains one of the most technically formidable piano concertos in the standard repertoire. For dramatic punch, it’s hard to beat Zarathustra’s thrilling, introductory, brass-fuelled Sunrise fanfare. Elvis Presley used this famous piece as a prelude to his concerts. Its inclusion in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey has made it one of the most instantly recognisable pieces. Morning Masterworks is proudly supported by 4MBS Classic FM.

 

Saturday 9 June from 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (Maestro)

MYSTICAL AND MAJESTIC

Conductor Guy Braunstein Piano Denis Kozhukhin

This performance has it all. Taken from Wagner’s opera, Parsifal, about Arthurian knight Parsifal’s quest for the Holy Grail, Good Friday Spell is inspirational as musically it tries to evoke a karmic instance of renewal. Prokofiev’s Concerto No.2, meanwhile, is a true heart racer spiked with folksy tunes and lightning rushes up and down the piano keys. No wonder it remains one of the most technically formidable piano concertos in the standard repertoire. Strauss’ brass-fuelled Also sprach Zarathustra rounds out the trio and is – of course – instantly recognisable as the Sunrise theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Holy grails, heart racers and hits – what more could you ask for? Pre-concert talks at 6.30pm.

 

Saturday 14 July from 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (Maestro)

RUSSIAN MARVELS

Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero Piano Stephen Hough

Open the caviar and say ‘dasvidaniya’ to Brisbane as you spend a night in Russia! Tchaikovsky’s recognition of the Serbian people, Marche slave, kicks off the proceedings and this tuneful opener will immediately be familiar to fans of Disney’s Aladdin, whose score borrowed heavily from the piece. Pianist Stephen Hough then performs Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, comparing the theme to a ‘crisp white shirt’ in its infinite adaptability. Then, prepare for tears as Shostakovich’s Symphony No.10 chronicles Stalin’s brutality. The third movement, believed to be a Stalin snapshot, is a chilling distorted march, while the slow-paced Finale’s bleak spaciousness reveals the Gulag prisoners’ despair. Pre-concert talks at 6.30pm.

 

Sunday 29 July from 3.00pm, Queensland Studio, South Bank (Chamber Players)

TIEMPO AND CHAMBER PLAYERS

Piano Sergio Tiempo 2018 Artist-in-Residence Violin Warwick Adeney Cello Andre Duthoit

In this year’s Chamber Players special event, Artist-in-Residence Sergio Tiempo performs alongside cellist Andre Duthoit in Chopin’s energetic Introduction et polonaise brilliante, and Debussy’s Cello Sonata, celebrating the composer’s centenary. Edvard Grieg’s Violin Sonata No.3 is one of the Norwegian composer’s most popular chamber works, and will feature Concertmaster Warwick Adeney alongside Sergio Tiempo. The finale of this concert is Astor Piazolla’s masterwork, The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Arranged for trio, these four passionate tangos are an evocative depiction of the seasons in the Argentinian capital city. The Artist-in-Residence program is supported by the Trevor & Judith St Baker Family Foundation and The University of Queensland.

 

Friday 3 August from 11.00am, Concert Hall, QPAC (Morning Masterworks)

ORCHESTRAL SOLOISTS

Conductor Alondra de la Parra Music Director Piano Sergio Tiempo 2018 Artist-in-Residence

Written in 1891, the teenage Rachmaninov’s first piano concerto electrifies with its scorching pianism and melodies. Martha Argerich taught Sergio Tiempo to rehearse multiple interpretations of this piece, and this inbuilt flexibility ignites his performance with a heart-in-the-mouth spontaneity that can’t be matched! Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, meanwhile, is exactly that – a chance for the whole orchestra to shine. He said that the piece has a ‘tendency to treat the single orchestral instruments in a soloistic manner’, giving orchestral sections, duos and individuals the chance to really stand out. Unmissable. Queensland Symphony Orchestra Music Director is proudly supported by Tim Fairfax AC. The Artist-in-Residence program is supported by the Trevor & Judith St Baker Family Foundation and The University of Queensland.​Morning Masterworks is proudly supported by 4MBS Classic FM.

 

Saturday 4 August from 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (Maestro)

SOLOISTS AND SPONTANEITY
Conductor Alondra de la Parra Music Director Piano Sergio Tiempo 2018 Artist-in-Residence
It’s not just Alondra de la Parra and Sergio Tiempo who star in this concert – you can glimpse all of the orchestral players as soloists in these winning works. Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks kicks off proceedings and recalls Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos in its bustling themes, but its shifting metres, syncopation and severe tonality is unmistakably Stravinsky! Written in 1891, the teenage Rachmaninov’s first piano concerto then electrifies with its incredible piano work and opulent harmonies. Finally, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra spotlights orchestral sections, duos and individuals in a pacy finish. Bravo! Queensland Symphony Orchestra Music Director is proudly supported by Tim Fairfax AC. The Artist-in-Residence program is supported by the Trevor & Judith St Baker Family Foundation and The University of Queensland. Pre-concert talks at 6.30pm.

 

Thursday 9 August from 7.30am, Concert Hall, QPAC (Special Event)

(NOT) THE LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS

Conductor Alondra de la Parra Music Director Piano Jorge Viladoms

Brisbane Chorale, Dir Emily Cox

Join us at our annual (Not) the Last Night of the Proms concert for an evening of flag-waving and famous tunes. Be uplifted by Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue played by pianist Jorge Viladoms, in his Australian debut. Imagine three sailors and their madcap adventures on 24-hours’ shore leave in New York, while listening to Bernstein’s On the Town. Embrace your inner Brit while Brisbane Chorale and Queensland Symphony Orchestra join forces to deliver Elgar’s rousing Land of Hope and Glory (Pomp and Circumstance March No.1), Parry’s Jerusalem, Wood’s Fantasy on British Sea Songs and Arne’s Rule Britannia. Keep calm and carry on! Queensland Symphony Orchestra Music Director is proudly supported by Tim Fairfax AC.

 

Sunday 19 August from 11.30am, Concert Hall, QPAC (Music on Sundays)

LOVE AND OTHER CATASTROPHES

Conductor Daniel Carter Host Guy Noble
Soloist Singers from the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School

Aspiring young Australian conductor Daniel Carter directs emerging singers from Queensland’s prestigious Lisa Gasteen National Opera School in a concert that’s all about the music of love. You’ll be surprised by the stylish vocal power of these emerging artists as they perform ravishing operatic arias, duets and choruses from some of the world’s favourite romantic operas. This will be a morning full of operatic greats that will make your heart flutter! Music on Sundays is proudly supported by ABC Radio Brisbane and The Public Trustee.

 

Friday 24 August from 11.00am, Concert Hall, QPAC (Morning Masterworks)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BERNSTEIN

Conductor Alondra de la Parra Music Director Piano Andreas Haefliger

‘Bernstein at 100’ is the world-wide celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, the superstar composer and conductor. Help us celebrate with this fabulous morning concert featuring three of Bernstein’s most wonderful works: the beloved Overture to Candide, which many believe to be the great American opera; The Age of Anxiety which is based on Auden’s poem; and finally Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, a dazzling conclusion of what many call ‘jeans-and-sneakers-ballet music’ for this joyous celebration. Queensland Symphony Orchestra Music Director is proudly supported by Tim Fairfax AC. ​Morning Masterworks is proudly supported by 4MBS Classic FM.

 

Saturday 25 August from 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (Special Event)

BERNSTEIN AT 100

Conductor Alondra de la Parra Music Director Piano Andreas Haefliger
The Australian Voices, Brisbane Chorale, Voices of Birralee
‘Bernstein at 100’ is the world-wide celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, the superstar composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador and humanitarian. Music Director Alondra de la Parra has chosen to mark this event with four of Bernstein’s most wonderful works: Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront which received one of the film’s 12 Oscar nominations; Chichester Psalms which merges Bernstein’s Broadway panache with his classical style; The Age of Anxiety which is based on Auden’s poem; and finally Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Peppered with finger clicks and police whistles, it’s a dazzler and a fitting conclusion to this extraordinary birthday party! Queensland Symphony Orchestra Music Director is proudly supported by Tim Fairfax AC.  Co-presented by Queensland Symphony Orchestra and QPAC. Pre-concert talks at 6.30pm.

 

Thursday 6 September from 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (Maestro)

BEETHOVEN’S 7TH SYMPHONY

Conductor Alondra de la Parra Music Director Piano Tamara-Anna Cislowska

The concert opens with Prokofiev’s first symphony. Its nickname, the Classical, originates from the work’s small instrumentation and stylistic inspiration from Haydn’s music. One of Beethoven’s best received works, his seventh Symphony, has enchanted audiences ever since its first performance. Full of rhythmical wit and energetic dance-like sections, it also includes the famous Allegretto, which was featured to accompany The King’s Speech by King George VI as played by Colin Firth. The world premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin’s Piano Concerto No.3 brings back this much loved composer with Australian piano star Tamara-Anna Cislowska. Queensland Symphony Orchestra Music Director is proudly supported by Tim Fairfax AC. Pre-concert talks at 6.30pm.

 

Sunday 23 September from 3.00pm, Queensland Symphony Orchestra Studio, South Bank (Chamber Players)

FANTASY AND NATIONALISM

Violin Warwick Adeney, Linda Carello, Rebecca Seymour, Natalie Low Viola Charlotte Burbrook de Vere, Nicholas Tomkin, CelloDavid Lale, Kathryn Close, Harp Jill Atkinson, Clarinet Kate Travers, Piano Paul Carasco

This afternoon is all about contrasts. Written in four sections, Saint-Saëns Fantaisie is a light, delicate piece that reflected his recently developed ideas on clarity. By contrast Khachaturian’s Trio is full of loud patriotism that can be heard in the second and third movement’s folk dances and songs. Brahms’ Sextet No.1 boasts expansive outer movements with a classical structure and a flamboyant finish.

 

Sunday 30 September from 11.30am, Concert Hall, QPAC (Music on Sundays)

THE BEST OF MOVIE MUSIC

Conductor and Host Guy Noble

Movie buffs, this concert is for you! Come along and enjoy the beauty and power of some of cinema’s finest soundtracks in this concert fit for everyone. Savour the dark power and menace of Thunderball with its trumpets, piercing French horns and soul-stirring strings. Be lost in the bittersweet themes of the classic La Dolce Vita. Embrace Morricone’s nostalgic score for Cinema Paradiso, which adds depth to every scene. And try and stop yourself from crying as Lai’s award-winning Love Story reminds you of the film’s tragic tale. Music on Sundays is proudly supported by ABC Radio Brisbane and The Public Trustee.

 

Friday 5 October from 11.00am, Concert Hall, QPAC (Morning Masterworks)

BEAUTY AND POWER

Conductor Carlos Kalmar Violin Arabella Steinbacher

Bruch’s Concerto No.1 is a fiery, demanding treasure that scales the highest peaks and lowest reaches. Laced with sudden leaps, there’s a charming volley of call and response in the Prelude. Its lavish tune and violin virtuosity assures its future as a repertoire staple. Walton’s remarkable First Symphony is volcanic in its driven stirring intensity, with a finale that is herculean in scale. What a concert! Morning Masterworks is proudly supported by 4MBS Classic FM.

 

Saturday 6 October from 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (Maestro)

THE BARD AND BEYOND

Conductor Carlos Kalmar Violin Arabella Steinbacher

If every piece of music is like an act in a play, then together these three pieces of music create a work that is Shakespearean in its depth and scope. It’s hard to believe that Mendelssohn wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the tender age of 17, as incidental music to Shakespeare’s play. It boasts striking effects, with different instruments and passages used to conjure people and places – including a braying ass in the strings. Bruch’s Concerto, meanwhile, is fiery and demanding; it scales the highest and lowest reaches and surprises the listener with sudden melodic leaps and pace changes. Which leaves us with Walton’s Symphony in finale – herculean in its grandeur and surging intensity, it screams, despairs and finally roars. Pre-concert talks at 6.30pm.

 

Sunday 14 October from 11.30am, Concert Hall, QPAC (Music on Sundays)
Tradies and Artists

Conductor Dane Lam Host Guy Noble

It turns out great music can be inspired by all sorts of things – including tradesmen and trade guilds. For example Zar und ZimmermannTsar and Carpenter, is a comic opera set in shipyards. Max, the hero of Weber’s Der Freischütz is a forester and marksmen. Wagner’s Die Meistersinger features the 16th century Meistersinger (Master Singers) guild, an association of amateur artists who are master craftsmen. By contrast, The Great Gate of Kiev was written about looking at a painting by Hartmann. So who knows where inspiration can strike! Music on Sundays is proudly supported by ABC Radio Brisbane and The Public Trustee.

 

Thursday 25 October from 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (Maestro)

BEETHOVEN’S HEROIC SYMPHONY

Conductor Alondra de la Parra Music Director Double Bass Edicson Ruiz

Tonight, we’re all about revolution! Mozart’s three-movement template for the Paris Symphony may have been traditional but the striking inclusion of clarinets in the orchestra was a revolutionary first. Beethoven’s stormy, affirming Symphony No.3, meanwhile, was crammed with daring musical invention dedicated to Napoleon (although he scored out the dedication when Napoleon appointed himself Emperor) and its revolutionary orchestration inspired many generations of future composers. A highlight of this concert is the world premiere of Oscher’s lively and inventive Double Bass Concerto destined to leave the entire audience breathless! The Queensland Symphony Orchestra Music Director is proudly supported by Tim Fairfax AC. Pre-concert talks at 6.30pm.

 

Saturday 24 November from 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (Special Event)

ALONDRA CONDUCTS MAHLER 3

Conductor Alondra de la Parra Music Director Mezzo Soprano Lilli Paasikivi
Women’s Chorus from The Australian Voices
Children’s Chorus from Voices of Birralee

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.3 is one of his brightest, most extroverted scores. Be enthralled by its grandeur, poetic melodies and show-stopping brilliance. It’s a whopping symphony, the forces are huge and it scans a vast perspective of the composer’s views on the human condition. Lilli Paasikivi returns to Queensland Symphony Orchestra from her native Finland to sing this vocally-infused work. Previously, she sang in our Das Lied von der Erde and the Rückert Lieder to great acclaim. Lilli Passsikivi is a supreme storyteller. Her voice is not only beautiful but an ideal match for Mahler’s magnificent works. Get ready to be amazed! Queensland Symphony Orchestra Music Director is proudly supported by Tim Fairfax AC.

 

Saturday 8 December from 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (Choral)

HANDEL MESSIAH

Conductor Dane Lam Soprano Anna Leese Mezzo Soprano Sian Pendry Tenor Andrew Goodwin Baritone Christopher Tonkin
Brisbane Chamber Choir

Forever associated with Christmas, the first performance of Messiah 250 years ago assured its everlasting fame. Divided into three separate parts that cover Christ’s birth, crucifixion and redemption, this concert is filled with well-known favourites such as ‘For unto us a child is born’, ‘Hallelujah’ and the blazing, ‘The trumpet shall sound’.

 

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