Epic symphonies of classical canon, world premieres by Australian composers, and concerts that happily celebrate the creators of modern music make the headlines for the 2022 Queensland Symphony Orchestra season. It’s a season that shines on its own with dizzying solos and promises special moments for music lovers of all ages, across Queensland as the Orchestra celebrates 75 years of music.
The 2022 season features 10 Maestro concerts, five morning masterpieces, five music concerts on Sundays, six studio sessions, six special events and a comprehensive regional touring program and educational series; a joyful, festive, breathtaking and grandiose program; one that also poignantly reflects the challenges of the past 18 months.
2022 is also the Orchestra’s 75th anniversary and this milestone will be marked by the refreshing musical creation of QSO in Queensland, and more concerts than ever before, from intimate chamber performances to iconic classics in the concert hall. This important occasion will allow the organization to celebrate with a series of events throughout the year.
Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Johannes Fritzsch, who worked in conjunction with QSO Principal Violins Warwick Adeney and Natsuko Yoshimoto, Artistic Planning Director Timothy Matthies and Artistic Team, and Artistic Committee on Curating the 2022 season, said:
The program traverses a diverse musical landscape and was created to take audiences on a breathtaking journey fueled by music. “Throughout this musical journey, our audience will meet soloists and conductors who will serve as tour guides, highlighting the sights and sounds of music. We believe in the power of performing arts to create beautiful enriching experiences and in 2022, we invite you to take a seat and experience the magic for yourself.
There is music by the great classical composers of Brahms and Beethoven, from Mozart to Strauss (Richard and Johann Jr!), Shostakovich, Schubert, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, and 20 works by Australian composers, half of whom were born, grew up in Queensland, or a resident.
Works by established composers including Cathy Milliken, Brett Dean and Nigel Westlake rub shoulders with next generation works including Melody Eötvös, Lachlan Skipworth, Harry Sdraulig and Andrew Howes. And the Orchestra honors the roles of two pioneering 20th century artists, Miriam Hyde and Margaret Sutherland. Two new works by Nicole Murphy and Joe Twist for the 13-piece QSO Connect set will also premiere statewide next year.
In 2022, Principal Conductor Johannes Fritzsch conducts the Orchestra in seven concerts. Sharing the baton throughout the year, Umberto Clerici who wowed audiences with QSO earlier this year, as well as talented US conductor Jonathan Stockhammer; Auckland Philharmonia Music Director Giordano Bellincampi; Israeli conductor, pianist and principal conductor of the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra Asher Fisch; Swiss-Australian conductor Elena Schwarz; composer, conductor and arranger Nicholas Buc; Australian-Chinese conductor Dane Lam; and Benjamin Northey, 2018 Australian Artist of the Year from Limelight Magazine.
Guest soloists include Australian pianist Daniel de Borah who performed to applause with QSO, Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov, British violin master Jack Liebeck, and in a major stroke the violinist / conductor of orchestra Guy Braunstein who was the youngest violinist ever to be named first violin of the Berlin Philharmonic.
The season opener is the second annual QSO Favorites event, which will feature an all-new work by composer Craig Allister Young to celebrate the Orchestra’s 75th anniversary. In November, a very exciting concert will see the world premiere of a concerto for double bass and orchestra written especially for Phoebe Russell, the dynamic main double bass of QSO, by Queensland composer Paul Dean.
An out of the ordinary special event in April will celebrate the 90th birthday of the master of film music: John Williams. The concert will feature the epic fanfares of Star Wars, the swirling magic of Harry Potter, the adventure of Indiana Jones, the poignant character of Schindler’s List and more directed by Nicholas Buc.
Highlights of the acclaimed Maestro series include two concerts celebrating Mozart – arguably one of the most gifted musicians in classical music history – with Mozart’s clarinet with QSO section lead clarinet Irit Silver in April . This concert also includes the astonishing composition of Australian composer Melody Eötvös, The Saqqara Bird. In May, the Orchestra will stage one of Mozart’s most iconic works – his beloved Requiem. This spectacular concert will feature four exceptional soloists – Sara Macliver, Fiona Campbell, Andrew Goodwin and James Clayton – alongside the Brisbane Chamber Choir.
There’s also the Australian premiere of Piece 43 For Now by the Brisbane-born, Berlin-based Berlin composer, written (in her own words) in response to the “months of roller coaster for me over the next six months. ‘announcement of the lockdown in March 2020’. This work recently won the Large Ensemble Work of the Year award at the 2021 Art Music Awards.
The Queensland premiere of Hinterland by composer Lachlan Skipworth, the Queensland premiere of Luminifera – Wild Light for Orchestra by Andrew Howes and the music of Elena Kats-Chernin and Nigel Westlake are other Australian musics in the spotlight.
In March, QSO Principal Violin Natsuko Yoshimoto will lead the Orchestra through not one, but two musical interpretations of the Four Seasons in a must-see performance, and in July the Orchestra welcomes one of the most successful young tenors. wanted in the world: Kang Wang. The Australian-Chinese singer is a rising star in the opera world and joins conductor Giordano Bellincampi and QSO to perform some of the most moving tenor arias of all time, including Nessun Dorma by Puccini de Turandot .
The Music on Sundays series includes concerts hosted by the irrepressible Guy Noble, with titles such as Dance Around the World, Heroes and Revolutionaries, Fantasy and Folklore and Viennese Classics. Six Studio Sessions allows music fans to experience the extraordinary talent of QSO musicians up close in their home studio in South Bank.
Principal violin Natsuko Yoshimoto has said QSO will be performing statewide next year, in a wonderful continuation of the Orchestra’s famous commitment to sharing music with all Queenslanders.
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.
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.
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s health and wellness program is also set to shine in 2022 as an innovative program that will connect with all Queenslanders, harnessing the power of music to bring hope, health and happiness, involving a wide range of community, business and university groups. the partners.
The Orchestra will continue to connect with First Nations communities to create collaborative music that defends, educates and inspires. In 2022, First Nations and QSO musicians will perform side by side in Cairns, Gladstone, Charleville and South East Queensland.
In terms of regional tours, the Orchestra is committed to sharing the power of music with as many states as possible – from Longreach to Bundaberg, from Toowoomba to Atherton.
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