It was a wonderful weekend to kickstart Queenland Symphony Orchestra with the first of series
Joy and Sorrow – Stravinsky, Montgomery and Strauss. QSO’s new Up Close series has been designed to celebrate music written for chamber orchestra. The first concert of 2023, featured Chief Conductor Umberto Clerici’s who handpicked a selection featuring Stravinsky, and Strauss and a brand-new composition by QSO’s very own Section Principal Percussion David Montgomery.
Sunday was a full house audience that gave a wonderful way to start a Sunday Morning with secornd series of “Dance Around the World”, which was a rhythmic brilliance of Queensland Symphony Orchestra. from the refined world of Strauss waltzes, to the energy of the Can-Can. Uplifting from start to finish.
Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Season 2023 is a year of grand masterpieces and intimate chamber moments, world premieres, and experimental music experiences, anchored by some of Queensland’s biggest music names in Ray Chen, Piers Lane and William Barton, and featuring some of the greatest music in the world in Don Quixote, The Planets, Beethoven’s heroic Symphony No.9, and what will be one of the most spectacular productions of 2023, Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
February 17, 18, 19 – MAESTRO CONCERT
Ode to Joy – Barton Meets Beethoven
Friday 17 February 7.30pm AND Saturday 18 February 1.30pm AND Sunday 19 February 1.30pm
QSO’s famed Maestro Series opens with three performances of ODE TO JOY – a concert for the ages. Chief Conductor Umberto Clerici will lead the Orchestra, with internationally acclaimed didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton and powerhouse violinist Véronique Serret along with soprano Eleanor Lyons, mezzo soprano Deborah Humble, tenor Andrew Goodwin, baritone Michael Honeyman and the Brisbane Chamber Choir performing Beethoven’s magnificent Symphony No.9 (Choral) along with Sculthorpe’s celebrated Earth Cry. This incredible season opener “features the most important symphony in the history of music in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony,” said Maestro Clerici. “It celebrates the equality of all humankind. It is a universal celebration of love for humanity, and the apex of the classical period.” Barton and Serret will also perform, for the first time in the Concert Hall, their collaboration Kalkani, described as ‘a message of peace and love carried by the eagle spirit’.
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