QSO’s Top 5 Ways of being #superstar

From the archives: This post is from our original site, MyCityLife, back on 28 August 2014

Being Superstar means living in the spotlight, and with the unveiling of their 2015 Season, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra certainly takes centre stage. But just because they’re ‘Somebodies’ doesn’t mean we’re going to be seeing any over-the-top antics. There might be plenty of tattoos and self assurance – well deserved, due to a lifetime perfecting the instrumental craft – but there won’t be any public meltdowns or guitars being smashed on stage. And as QSO exposes their goods for the new year, MyCityLife shows how the #superstar features in #QSO.


In 2015, the crème de la crème in the classical music world descends upon Brisbane. Violinist Maxim Vengerov, Super-Conductor Simone Young, Cellist Mischa Maisky, Violinist Sarah Chang, Violin phenomenon Pinchas Zukerman, pianist Nick Demidenko, Soloist-in-Residence Shlomo Mintz, double bass mastero Edgar Meyer and jazz extraordinaire James Morrison headline a star-studded year of concerts featuring Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Elgar and Mahler, while celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius, Finland’s greatest composer and one of the most distinguished composers in the 20th century.


While Queensland has an orchestral history that traces as far back as 1871, it wasn’t until 1947 that the QSO surfaced, a collaboration between the Brisbane City Council, Queensland Government and the ABC. Since their first performance as a 45 strong orchestra performing to a crowd of 2,500 at Brisbane City Hall, QSO has evolved into quite the beast showcasing the talents of up to 80 of the country’s premium instrumentalists.


49 events explore a dynamic program with the Maestro Series, Morning Masterworks, Music on Sundays, QSO Chamber Players, the WorldBeat series celebrating the rhythms of the global village, QSO Family, a blockbuster event and QSOCurrent: a 24-hour event which places the Brisbane River and CityCats centre-stage while shining the spotlight on contemporary music, Australian composers and a fusion of musical styles.  


QSO and world-renown local fashion designer George Wu Couture come together for the ultimate duet, with an especial George Wu gown featured on QSO Violinist Rebecca Seymour – pictured with QSO’s double bassist Paul O’Brien, Concertmaster Warwick Adeney, French Horn player Malcolm Stewart, and Violinist Stephen Tooke. George’s fashion magic blending European and heritage fabrics with an attention to detail and timeless style keeps local, yet supplies an impact that is exquisite, luxurious and genteel – very much like the undulating opening strains to Beethoven’s Ode To Joy, or any Mahler symphony.


Classical music is traditionally seen as stuffy, pompous and stagnant, but QSO has established its reputation as being accessible while prepared to break boundaries. QSO has notably gained new fans this year, with February’s celebrations of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, and the upcoming Journey Through the Cosmos featuring Professor Brian Cox – 80s rockstar with Dare, and keys player from 90s dance phenomenon D:Ream, turned physicist and BBC presenter. And in 2015, JJ Abram’s Star Trek comes lives in concert with QSO performing Michael Giacchino’s score. And just to really keep us on our toes, India’s vibrant musical culture comes to The City with Bollywood Gala. This will be the chance to watch Bollywood dancers while exploring the sounds of the sitar with orchestra, and enjoy a selection of music written by Indian composers and others influenced by the sub-continent. 



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