Tours of Tuscany

Tours of Tuscany
Join this small group tour and immerse yourself in the current of sensation for a week of food, wine and culture in Tuscany.

Friday, March 27, 2009

The Queensland Orchestra

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“A great orchestra uplifts the sounds of the every day, beckoning people to share the exaltation of great music.” Johannes Fritzsch, Chief Conductor, The Queensland Orchestra

The Queensland Orchestra, under the guiding baton of Chief Conductor Johannes Fritzsch, is renowned for its high quality, breath-taking performances of both classical and modern compositions that engage audiences of all musical tastes, interests and ages.

As the largest performing arts company in Queensland employing 88 full-time musicians and the state’s only professional symphony orchestra, The Queensland Orchestra plays a vital role in Queensland’s cultural community, giving over 100 live performances across 47 weeks each year to more than 100,000 people.

The Queensland Orchestra’s annual season attracts high-profile international and national artists and is made up of seven contrasting concert series featuring everything from Beethoven to the Proms, plus a number of Special Events supporting high calibre artists such as Ben Lee, José Carreras and Roberta Flack.

Each year, the Orchestra also undertakes a regional tour delivering a free community engagement programme and conducts an extensive state-wide education programme that connects with 30,000 students, from pre-school to university level.

The Orchestra also presents innovative corporate workshops engaging the business sector to think outside of the box about leadership and team work.

In addition to its own programme, The Queensland Orchestra performs for major arts festivals, direct broadcasts and recordings, and supports state and national opera and ballet companies.

"A formidable benchmark." The Australian, 2008

"The appointment of Maestro Fritzsch marks another milestone in the
development of the Australia's symphonies." ArtsHub Australia, 2007

"The performance was simply staggering...if this is how our orchestra's going to play regularly, then all that can be said is bring it on." Martin Buzacott, Limelight, April 2007

"This orchestra can really swing." Ben Folds, September 2006

“…The Queensland Orchestra's continued flourishing under the poetic sensibilities of its Chief Conductor, Johannes Fritzsch, the sunshine state is staking its claim.” Diana Jenkins, Weekend Australian, October 2008

Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony
8pm, Saturday, June 6
QPAC Concert Hall

Conductor Eivind Aadland
Pianos Silver-Garburg Piano Duo

Mendelssohn Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, Op.27
Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos in E flat, K.365
Grieg 2 Norwegian Melodies Op.53, No.1 Norsk
2 Norwegian Melodies Op.63, No.2
Cow-keepers Tune and Country Dance
Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 Op.90 in A Italian

The forecast is for perfect conditions on land and sea, from Norway to the Mediterranean. Mendelssohn evokes a perfect sea journey in his Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage and Grieg basks in simple rustic pleasures in Norsk and Country Dance. The sultry heat and vibrant colours Mendelssohn experienced during a sojourn in Italy inspired his joyous and exuberant Italian Symphony, with its whirlwind tarantella finale. The fine weather extends as far as Salzburg, where the internationally acclaimed Silver-Garburg Piano Duo revel in the glorious sunshine of Salzburg’s favourite son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos.

Book now through or call 136 246

Tickets from $50

Book online: QTix