Queensland Symphony Orchestra announces 2022 season

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The Queensland Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2022 season, which features new Australian works and favorite masterpieces from the classical repertoire, as well as international and local soloists and conductors. The new season marks the Orchestra’s 75th anniversary, which will bring the celebrations statewide to music lovers in Queensland.

Hosted by Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Johannes Fritzsch, Principal Violins Warwick Adeney and Natsuko Yoshimoto, Artistic Planning Director Timothy Matthies and the QSO Artistic Team and Committees, the season aims to provide a diverse musical journey for audiences. across Queensland.

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Maestro Johannes Fritzsch, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Photo © Peter Wallis

“Throughout this musical journey, our audience will meet soloists and conductors who will serve as tour guides, highlighting the sights and sounds of music,” said Fritzsch. “We believe in the power of performing arts to create great experiences that enhance life and in 2022, we invite you to take a seat and experience the magic for yourself. “

Fritzsch, who is moving to Brisbane with his family in 2022, will lead the QSO in seven concerts. Umberto Clerici, Dane Lam, Benjamin Northey, Asher Fisch, Elena Schwarz, Nicholas Buc, American conductor Jonathan Stockhammer and Giordano Bellincampi, musical director of the Auckland Philharmonia share the baton with him throughout the year.

The season starts in February with the second edition QSO Favorites concert featuring audience favorite pieces like Beethoven and Holst’s Fifth Symphony The planets, next to popular film music. The program will also include the world premiere of a work by QSO composer and cellist Craig Allister Young to celebrate the Orchestra‘s 75th anniversary.

Also in February, Brisbane pianist Daniel de Borah will perform Brahms’ moving Piano Concerto No.2 with Fritzsch on the podium, followed by the majestic a Alpine Symphony.

In March, Natsuko Yoshimoto leads through two interpretations of The four Seasonss – The famous ensemble of four concertos by Vivaldi and Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla The four seasons of Buenos Aires.

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The principal violin of QSO Natsuko Yoshimoto. Photo @ Sarah Marshall

In April, the Orchestra will mark another milestone with a special concert celebrating the 90th birthday of legendary American composer John Williams. Spanning the composer’s nearly seven-decade career, the concert will feature music from films such as Harry potter and Indiana Jones, and Oscar-winning scores by Star wars and Schindler’s List.

Orchestra’s solo clarinet Irit Silver takes center stage at April’s Maestro Series concert Mozart clarinet play Mozart’s famous Clarinet Concerto under the direction of Maestro Fritzsch. Also on the program The bird of Saqqara by Australian composer Melody Eötvös, and Martinů’s First Symphony, which marked life.

May will see a collaboration with the Brisbane Chamber Choir, performing Mozart’s beloved Requiem under the baton of Jonathan Stockhammer. This concert will also feature Stravinsky Wind instrument symphonies and Debussy Prelude To Afternoon for a faun.

Spotlight The 2021 Artist of the Year nominee Umberto Clerici will lead the orchestra through Elgar’s cello concerto, featuring Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, followed by Mahler’s powerful First Symphony in June.

Spotlight columnist Guy Noble will step onto the podium for two special events during the season. June will see the return of the QSO Opera Gala with exceptional arias and duets performed by Australian opera stars Natalie Aroyan, Deborah Humble and José Carbó with the Brisbane Chorale. In October, Noble will join soloist Amy Lehpamer and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University students for the Musical Theater Gala.

Kate Travers, Ashley Carter, Brenda Sullivan QSO

QSO musicians Kate Travers, Ashley Carter and Brenda Sullivan. Photo © Peter Wallis

In July, Danish-Italian conductor Giordano Bellincampi and Australian-Chinese tenor Kang Wang join QSO for an emotional evening, starting with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4, followed by some of the arias by most moving tenor in opera, including Puccini’s beloved aria Nessun Dorma of Turandot.

In October, Israeli violinist Guy Braunstein – the youngest person ever to be named first violin of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – will play and conduct violin concertos by two of the great Romantic composers, Beethoven and Dvořák.

In November, solo double bass Phoebe Russell will give the world premiere of a new double bass and orchestral concerto written especially for her by Queensland composer Paul Dean in a concert that will also feature Fritzsch conducting Rachmaninoff’s masterpiece, the Symphony No.2.

The season will also see premieres of new pieces by Australian composers Lachlan Skipworth, Elena Kats-Chernin, Catherine Milliken and Nigel Westlake. by Milliken Exhibit 43 for now, written in response to her experience with blockages in 2020, recently won the Large Ensemble Work of the Year award at the 2021 Art Music Awards and will have its Australian premiere in Orchestral adventures in August, under the direction of Swiss-Australian conductor Elena Schwarz.

Described by The independent as “the most accomplished pianist of his generation”, Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov will join QSO in September to perform Rachmaninoff’s difficult Piano Concerto No. 2, with Asher Fisch on the podium. The concert will also include Brahms Symphony No.3 and the Countryside.

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QSO musician Thomas Allely. Photo © Sarah Marshall

Beginners in classical music can expect Super famous in October, which will present some of the most famous and recognizable works from the repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy and Morricone, as well as The air of Eliza by Elena Kats-Chernin Wild Swans Suite.

The season will end with the traditional QSO performance of Handel’s choral masterpiece The Messiah, with Voices of Birralee joining the Orchestra under the direction of another Spotlight Nominated Artist of the year 2021 (and winner 2018), Benjamin Northey.

Throughout the year, QSO will also embark on a comprehensive regional touring program to bring performances to audiences beyond Brisbane, with the 13 members of QSO Connect performing new works by Nicole Murphy and Joe Twist.

“In 2022, we will continue our commitment to reach more people across Queensland with the joy of live music. We will venture into classrooms and town halls in regional centers and remote communities. We will play alongside young musicians and seek to inspire their creativity and ambition. Sometimes it’s here, away from the bright lights of the stage, that we feel our impact the most, ”said lead violin Natsuko Yoshimoto.

“In addition to our field tours, we will continue to produce digital performances for those who cannot access us live. We passionately believe that our music is more powerful when shared, so we invite you to join us. Expect to be inspired and moved and marvel at the power of live music.


More information on QSO season 2022 can be found here.

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