Season finale to see the great Maxim Vengerov perform the
original 1903/04 Sibelius Violin Concerto in a rare musical moment

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) will bring its record-breaking Season 2015 to a close this November with a massive seven concerts and events, headlined by classical music’s absolute crème de la crème in the one and only Maxim Vengerov.

The month opens on November 6 in fiery, passionate, Spanish-flavoured style with Ravel’s famous Bolero under Conductor Fabien Gabel, currently the toast of the big European orchestras. Due to overwhelming demand, a third QSO Plays Bolero will now be staged, a fitting opening to the 2015 finale month for the Orchestra.

On Sunday November 15, Miracles and Magic will celebrate the mystifying tunes of the world’s favourite fairy-tale symphonies, with conductor Nathan Aspinall and host Guy Noble. The QSO’s Christmas series Symphonic Santa will then take place from November 19 to 21 at South Bank.

The November musical indulgence continues on the 21st when the QSO presents its annual masterpiece Handel’s Messiah. Composed in just three weeks, this piece of music has enthralled and transported people of all faiths for more than 250 years, and will be conducted by Emily Cox. The following day the QSO Chamber Players present Beethoven and Brahms with the Adina String Quartet.

Then, on November 28, the Season 2015 finale – a powerhouse orchestral event starring the world’s great violinist, the one and only Maxim Vengerov, in an historic performance of the original 1903/04 Sibelius Violin Concerto, presented in partnership with Musica Viva Australia.

“The QSO is amongst the select few of world orchestras to have permission to present this work in 2015 for the composer’s sesquicentenary. The original version has never been allowed out of Finland or a recording studio, and this concert represents its Southern Hemisphere premiere, performed by the master no less,” said QSO Chief Executive Officer, Ms Sophie Galaise.

In a coup for music lovers, the QSO will host Maxim Vengerov In Conversation on November 26, a one hour public interview with the star, two days before the Season Finale.

This fitting finale month also marks the second consecutive record-breaking Maestro Series in a row for the company under CEO Sophie Galaise.

QSO’s Season 2016 opens in February next year, another stunning year of visiting soloists, conductors and world greats matched with history’s best repertoire. In an international triumph for QSO, superstar pianist Lang Lang will headline the Mid-Season Gala. Joining Lang Lang with the QSO during 2016 are some of the true legends of music – the great Maxim Vengerov returns for the Tchaikovsky Gala, Simone Young with Mahler, China’s legendary Yu Long, along with Alondra de la Parra, Louis Schwizgebel and more, headlining a breathtaking year of 38 concert events.

Upcoming November concert events are listed below. All tickets and the full program for both the QSO 2015 and 2016 Seasons can be found at

NOVEMBER 2015 – The Finale Month

Friday 6 November at 11am, QPAC Concert Hall (Morning Masterworks)
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Saturday 7 November at 7.30pm, QPAC Concert Hall (Maestro)* Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm

Featuring: Conductor Fabien Gabel, Piano Beatrice Rana
Program: Beethoven Symphony No.8, Ravel Rapsodie Espagnole*, Chopin Piano Concerto No.1, Ravel Bolero, Ravel Alborada del gracioso*
You hear the distant sound of snare drum, barely discernible at first, then coming closer, each time a little louder, until at the end of Bolero, the orchestra is ablaze with colour and fire. New piano sensation Beatrice Rana’s lyrical style caresses the endless melodies of Chopin’s most-loved concerto, while conductor Fabien Gabel, currently the toast of the big European orchestras, delivers surprisingly light-hearted Beethoven.
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Sunday 15 November at 11.30am, QPAC Concert Hall (Music on Sundays)

Featuring: Conductor Nathan Aspinall, Host Guy Noble
‘Ah, music,’ he said, wiping his eyes. ‘A magic beyond all we do here!’ – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Whether it’s enchanted gardens in Stravinsky’s Firebird, the sorcery of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, the theme from Harry Potter or the wonder of Respighi’s Magic Toyshop, music has a way of conjuring up miracles all of its own.
Music on Sundays Series is proudly presented by Bacchus Bar and Restaurant

Saturday 21 November at 7.30pm, QPAC Concert Hall (Special Event)

Featuring: Conductor Emily Cox, Brisbane Chorale, Soprano Anna Leese, Tenor Simon Gilkes, Mezzo Soprano Jade Moffat, Baritone Sam Roberts Smith
Composed in just three weeks, Handel’s Messiah has enthralled and transported people of all faiths for more than 250 years. This work has proven to be one of the transcendent glories not just of Western music, but Western civilization itself.

Sunday 22 November at 3pm, QSO Studio, South Bank (QSO Chamber Players)

Featuring: Adina String Quartet Alan Smith, Leader, Horn Malcolm Stewart, Piano Angela Turner
Program: Beethoven String Quartet No.10, Brahms Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano
It’s nicknamed ‘The Harp’ because of its distinctive pizzicato (plucked) section in the first movement, but Beethoven’s quartet isn’t some curiosity.
Its predominantly heroic tone makes it a kindred spirit with the Fifth Symphony, and a work of great profundity. So too is Brahms’ Horn Trio, written in the Black Forest, with the horn’s achingly expressive tone providing the composer with an opportunity to mourn the loss of his beloved mother.

Thursday 26 November at 6pm, QSO Studio, South Bank (Special Event)

Gain a deeper insight into the guest artists that grace our concert stage. These up-close special events promise to be illuminating and entertaining.

Saturday 28 November at 7.30pm, QPAC Concert Hall (Season Finale)

Featuring: Conductor/Violin Maxim Vengerov, Conductor Nicholas Carter*
Program: JS Bach Chaconne (for solo violin), Sibelius Violin Concerto* (original 1903/04 version), Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Vengerov. The name alone promises a live concert experience where drama and innovation, musical adventurism and genre-crossing interpretive insight combine in a compelling display of world-class music-making.
A QSO concert presentation in partnership with Musica Viva Australia. QSO congratulates QPAC on its 30th Anniversary 2015. As QPAC’s resident orchestra, we are delighted to present this concert as a tribute to our major venue partner.

19-21 November at 9.30am+11am, The Courier-Mail Piazza, South Bank Parklands (Kiddies Cushion Concerts)
The Courier-Mail presents QSO’s

Featuring: Conductor Peter Luff, Host Vivienne Collier-Vickers
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without QSO’s musical tribute to the festive season. Come along and sing along to the songs of Santa with all the traditional trimmings of fun and frivolity. Ho! Ho! Ho!
Proudly supported by South Bank Parklands

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