Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Livestream from QPAC Concert Hall to the Riverside screen
In the lead up to QSO’s 75th birthday celebrations, they asked their audience one question: what are your favourite pieces that QSO has performed in the past?
Suggestions came back thick and fast! QSO is delighted to present another edition of QSO Favourites, where they perform orchestral classics suggested by you, alongside some of their favourite works too.
From undisputed masterpieces of the classical era, such as Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 and Holst’s The Planets through to popular movie music such as Star Wars and much more, this is a concert that’s guaranteed to send you home humming!
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Pre-concert talk with Paul Smith – Senior Lecturer in Music, University of New England
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Symphony No.5 in C minor, mvt 1: Allegro con brio
Hungarian March, from The Damnation of Faust
Scheherazade, Op.35 3. The Young Prince and the Princess (Andantino quasi allegretto)
Adagietto, from Symphony No.5
Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.78 (Organ Symphony) IV. Maestoso – Allegro
Fanfare for the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (World Premiere)
Suite No.2 from Romeo and Juliet, Op.64 1. The Montagues and the Capulets
Excerpts from Suite from Swan Lake, Op.20a
J Strauss Jr.
On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity from The Planets
Star Wars Main Theme
Johannes Fritzsch – Conductor
Johannes Fritzsch was appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in February, 2021 having previously served as their Chief Conductor (2008-2014). Since 2018, Johannes has held the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
From 2006 – 2013 he was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Oper Graz, Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester (Austria). Prior to his appointment in Graz, Johannes held the position of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Staatsoper Nürnberg. From 1993 until 1999, he was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Städtische Bühnen and the Philharmonic Orchestra in Freiburg.
Johannes was born in 1960 in Meissen, near Dresden, Germany, where he completed his musical education. He has conducted many leading orchestras, both within Germany and internationally. He regularly conducts the major Australasian orchestras as well as leading productions for Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, West Australian Opera and State Opera of South Australia.
In January 2015, Johannes was appointed Adjunct Professor, The Conservatorium of Music, School of Creative Arts and Media at the University of Tasmania; in June 2019, he joined the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University as Professor of Opera and Orchestral Studies.
Over the past twenty years, Johannes has given many Masterclasses for the German conductor training and development organisation Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrates. Similarly, he was active and enthusiastic in the training of conducting participants selected to take part in Symphony Services’ International Conductor Development Program.
In 2017, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra invited him to design and lead the newly founded Australian Conducting Academy.
In 2021, he conducts the Auckland Philharmonia and the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras.
Dr Paul Smith
Senior Lecturer in Music – Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Paul is a composer and researcher based in Sydney who specialises in writing opera and music for the toy piano. He holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from Western Sydney University and is the co-artistic director of Blush Opera. Paul has collaborated internationally and his music and operas have premiered in Singapore, the UK, Italy, the USA, and Armenia in addition to Australian festivals and concert performances. In 2021, his largest operatic work, Chop Chef, a collaboration with writer and satirist Julie Koh which explores reality TV food competitions, will be premiered in Parramatta at Riverside Theatre. In 2018, Paul was an artist in residence with the Art and Cultural Studies Laboratory in Yerevan Armenia, where he worked on three new pieces for toy piano including an experimental chamber opera which he premiered as a keynote performer at the Music as Play Festival in Italy in 2019. He has collaborated with Italian toy piano specialist Antonietta Loffredo many times and she has recorded his keyboard works with the Australian label, Wirripang, as well as performing his music in Italy. Paul was also a contributing writer to the ABC and triple j digital series, What is Music?