Now you can HEAR how good Queensland is!

Queensland Symphony Orchestra brings together three homegrown music makers for a world premiere event: Queensland’s Finest

It’s the question everyone seems to be asking right now – how good is Queensland? On September 3 and 4, you can HEAR how good Queensland is, when Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) features three of Queensland’s brightest musicians, together for the first time.

Queensland’s Finest will be conducted by Dane Lam, who has performed to acclaim both here in Australia and overseas, and has received numerous standing ovations with QSO in QPAC’s Concert Hall. Featured is the world premiere of a new composition by talented young Queensland composer, Sebastian Lingane, who was the recipient of QSO’s 2019 Compose Project Award.

They are joined by famed Queensland pianist Jayson Gillham who won the Montreal International Music Competition in 2014, performing Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto with “absorbing and relentless elegance” (Montreal Gazette). Since then, he has only grown in stature as an interpreter of Beethoven’s piano concertos.

The multi-talented Sebastian Lingane is a percussionist, pianist, ukulele player, part-time accordionist, and composer. He had an eclectic youth as his family moved around to different countries; from Qatar, to Kazakhstan, to England, to Singapore, Turkey, Norway, and now back to Australia.

He started writing music in 2016 and was immediately successful. In 2017, Sebastian won first AND second place in the ASME QLD Young Composers Competition following another first place in the Darren Middleton Songwriting Competition. In 2018, he had multiple pieces premiered, including a full original score for the production of Hamlet and a string quintet piece.

In 2019, the world stage called after winning a place at the Artology Fanfare Competition, as a result the Australian Youth Orchestra played a piece he composed and in the same year he was awarded a scholarship with QSO to have more works performed with mentoring opportunities and in 2020, he started studying composition at the Griffith Conservatorium. As a composer he specialises in classical, jazz, electronic, and traditional.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra Chief Executive Craig Whitehead said championing Queensland talent was a core commitment of the Orchestra.

“Queensland is home to some extraordinary musical talent and it’s QSO’s absolute privilege to collaborate with, and celebrate, this talent. To perform a world premiere, composed by a young Queenslander at the Concert Hall, in a year when so many orchestras cannot perform anything anywhere, is a very special experience.”

Morning Masterworks + Maestro: Queensland’s Finest – A Trio of Talent
FRI 3 SEP 11AM | SAT 4 SEP 7.30PM at the Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor Dane Lam
Soloist Jayson Gillham, piano
PROGRAM
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)
Presented by Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Brisbane Festival. Presented in association with QPAC.

BOOKING DETAIL:
Online – qso.com.au
Box Office – 07 3833 5044
In Person – ABC Brisbane building, 114 Grey Street, South Brisbane Q 4101
Post – QSO Box Office, GPO Box 9994 Brisbane Q 4001

QSO’s 2021 CALENDAR

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
Soloist Piers Lane, piano
PROGRAM INCLUDES
LISZT Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.6 in B minor (Pathétique)
Nine days before the great Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky passed away, 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. The slow, meditative ending of this symphony was unusual for its time, but its emotional power has only grown with the years. Also featured in this concert is Liszt’s monumental first concerto for piano and orchestra, performed by the formidable Piers Lane. Liszt was one of the geniuses of the piano in the 19th century, but he also knew how to share the stage with an orchestra, so this work is a spectacular showcase for pianist and orchestral musicians alike. Conducted by QSO Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser 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 at the Concert Hall, QPAC
PROGRAM INCLUDES
BEETHOVEN Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43
SCULTHORPE Small Town
HANDEL Overture from Royal Fireworks Music
COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
RAVEL Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess)
DVOŘÁK Slavonic Dances Op.72, No.7
BRUCH Romance in F major, for Viola & Orchestra, op.85
HISAISHI My Neighbor Totoro
BORODIN In the Steppes of Central Asia
SHARPE Blades of Toledo
SIBELIUS Finlandia, Op.26
One of the fascinating things about orchestral music is how it has taken on different flavours around the world. 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
PROGRAM
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
PROGRAM
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.7 in A
“Classic” adj. – judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind. The reason classical music remains so powerful to this day is because great composers often poured the emotions and experiences of their own life into their music. The resulting works of great beauty and passion still impact us years on. Australian violinist Grace Clifford will transport you into 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 at the Concert Hall, QPAC
Conductor Ludovic Morlot
Host Guy Noble
Soloist Hyung Suk Bae, cello
PROGRAM INCLUDES
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
AND MORE
Even though music for orchestra can sometimes be perceived as complex and elaborate, some of the greatest compositions drew on simple tunes of the day. Our final Music on Sundays concert for the year features a program of music inspired by folk songs. You’ll hear 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 which started life as a piano piece. In this concert, Dvořák’s music will be 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
PROGRAM
R. STRAUSS Four Last Songs
DEBUSSY La Mer (The Sea)
Music is uniquely placed to provide comfort and solace when other things cannot, and the final music composed by Richard Strauss is a breathtaking example. 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.

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