Epic symphonies from the classical canon, world premieres by Australian composers, and concerts that joyously celebrate modern music-makers headline Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s 2022 Season. It’s a season that shines the spotlight on its own with spine-tingling solos, and promises special moments for music lovers of all ages across all of Queensland as the Orchestra celebrates 75 music-filled years.
The 2022 Season stars 10 Maestro concerts, five Morning Masterworks, five Music on Sunday concerts, six Studio Sessions, six Special Events and a full regional touring program and education series; a joyous, celebratory, breathtaking and awe-inspiring program that is also poignantly reflective of the challenges of the past 18 months.
Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser Johannes Fritzsch, who worked collaboratively with QSO’s Concertmasters Warwick Adeney and Natsuko Yoshimoto, Director – Artistic Planning Timothy Matthies and the Artistic team, and the Artistic Committee on curating Season 2022, said the program traverses a diverse musical landscape, and was created to take audiences on a breathtaking journey powered by music.
“Along this musical journey our audiences will meet soloists and conductors who will serve as tour guides, pointing out musical sights and sounds. We believe in the power of live performance to create beautiful, life-affirming experiences and in 2022, we invite you to take your seat and experience the magic for yourself.”
There’s music from the great classical composers from Brahms and Beethoven, Mozart to Strauss (both Richard and Johann Jr!), Shostakovich, Schubert, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, and 20 works from Australian composers, half of whom are Queensland born, raised, or a resident. Visiting soloists include Australian pianist Daniel de Borah, Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov, UK violin master Jack Liebeck and violinist/conductor Guy Braunstein, who was the youngest violinist ever appointed as concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic.
2022 Season subscription packages are on sale from 9am on Tuesday 5 October, and single tickets to all concerts will be on sale from 9am on Thursday 9 December 2021.
See below for more details of the 2022 season!
Queensland Symphony Orchestra – Season 2022
1:30pm & 7:30pm, 12 February 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
As QSO celebrates 75 years, this is a concert of favourites as requested by fans and musicians: from undisputed masterpieces of the classical era,such as Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 and Holst’s The Planets, through to popular movie music like Star Wars.
19 February 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
The February Maestro features Brisbane-based pianist Daniel de Borah and QSO under the baton of Principal Conductor Johannes Fritzsch performing Strauss’ majestic Alpine Symphony (Eine Alpensinfonie) and Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto, a creative masterpiece for pianist and orchestra to conquer together.
Dance Around the World
11:30am, 27 February 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
QSO will aim to have you dancing on the inside in this orchestral invitation to the dance. Conductor Umberto Clerici returns to sweep you up in the cavalcade, from the refined world of Strauss waltzes to the fun and frivolity of the Can-Can.
Studio Sessions 1
3:00pm 13 March, 2022 at QSO Studio, South Bank
Delight in an afternoon of brass and woodwind virtuosity.
11:30am 18 March, 2022 & 1:30pm & 7:30pm 19 March 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
Over three concerts, Concertmaster Natsuko Yoshimoto will lead the Orchestra through not one, but two musical interpretations of The Four Seasons – first Vivaldi’s timeless set of four concertos and then The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, written by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla in an absolute must-see concert.
Sounds Like an Orchestra
11am 9 April 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
Take your family on a magical musical adventure as the musicians of Queensland Symphony Orchestra bring to life a world of different sounds and musical characters – meet the fluttering flutes, the growling double basses, the triumphant trumpets and more. Get ready to pick your favourite instrument!
This concert, presented by Queensland Symphony Orchestra and QPAC, will be hosted by QSO musician Vivienne Collier-Vickers and is guaranteed to be relaxed, interactive, and fun – the ideal setting for a first time encounter in the Concert Hall.
7:30pm 22 April 2022 & 7:30pm 23 April at the QPAC Concert Hall
Section Principal Clarinet Irit Silver takes centre stage playing Mozart’s famous Clarinet Concerto under the baton of Maestro Fritzsch, before the Orchestra perform Australian composer Melody Eötvös’ stunning composition The Saqqara Bird; a musical tribute to a unique little wooden bird discovered in an Egyptian archaeological dig in 1898. Martinů’s energetic and life-affirming First Symphony completes the concert.
7:30pm 29 April & 1:30pm & 7:30pm 30 April 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
Cinematic will celebrate the 90th birthday of the master of movie music: John Williams. This all-Williams concert sees the mighty QSO perform the signature tunes that have endeared him to millions of filmgoers: the epic fanfares of Star Wars, the swirling magic of Harry Potter, the adventure of Indiana Jones, the poignancy of Schindler’s List and much, much more conducted by Nicholas Buc.
Studio Sessions 2
8 May 2022 at QSO Studio, South Bank
Enjoy the magnificent cello section of QSO performing works from Mozart, Reger, and Young.
Heroes and Revolutionaries
11:30am 15 May 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
While orchestral music might have begun its life as the polite entertainment of the upper class, later composers saw the potential for the symphonic sound to convey feelings of great power and energy. This Music on Sundays concert will feature a collection of the great ‘heroic’ music – pieces that have brought an instant thrill to audiences for decades. Beethoven’s Eroica (Heroic) Symphony, a striking musical portrait of a military hero; Rossini’s instantly recognisable Overture to William Tell; even the theme from the Magnificent Seven!
11:30am 20 May & 1:30pm & 7:30pm 21 May 2022
One of Mozart’s most iconic works is his beloved Requiem, which will be performed over three concerts in association with QPAC. The Orchestra will join with Brisbane Chamber Choir under the baton of talented American conductor Jonathan Stockhammer for this majestic work, with the concert also featuring Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Debussy’s Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun”.
7:30pm 10 June & 1:30pm 11 Jun 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
2022 sees the return of QSO’s Opera Gala, a concert of breathtaking arias, show stopping duets, and more starring Australian opera stars Natalie Aroyan, Deborah Humble, and José Carbó, together with the stellar voices of Brisbane Chorale conducted by Guy Noble.
Elgar and Mahler
7:30pm 17 June & 1:30pm 18 June 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
The masterpieces continue with Elgar and Mahler conducted by Umberto Clerici, who wowed audiences when he appeared with QSO earlier this year. Elgar’s Cello Concerto, one of the greatest cello compositions of all time, will be performed by Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, followed by the mighty First Symphony of Gustav Mahler.
Studio Sessions 3
7:30pm 14 June 2022 at QSO Studio, South Bank
Experience QSO in joy-filled chamber orchestra mode, conducted by Johannes Fritzsch.
Fantasy and Folklore
11:30am 24 July 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
If you want to make a film or compose a piece of music to attract the masses, fantasy and folklore are a great source of inspiration. In this relaxed Sunday morning concert, conductor Umberto Clerici will wave his wand … sorry, baton … and whisk us away on an exotic musical journey. Remember that dramatic finale to Disney’s Fantasia when a mountain came to life? That was Mussorgsky’s spooky masterpiece Night on Bald Mountain and it’s just one of the many wild and enchanting works on this program of magic and mystery.
11:30am 29 July & 7:30pm 30 July 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
In a beautiful and poignant piece of programming, Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony celebrates the exhilaration of overcoming all obstacles, then the concert welcomes one of the most sought-after young tenors in the world: Kang Wang. The Australian-Chinese singer is a rising star in the opera world and joins with conductor Giordano Bellincampi and QSO to perform some of the most moving tenor arias of all time, including Puccini’s Nessun Dorma from Turandot.
7:30pm 13 August 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
In this epic musical journey, the whole orchestra, from the piccolo to the tuba and under the baton of Swiss-Australian conductor Elena Schwarz, will be drawn into an adventure which begins with Shostakovich’s 9th Symphony. It continues when Jack Liebeck, master violinist and Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, performs Mozart’s genius Violin Concerto No.3. Completing the journey is the Australian premiere of Australian composer Cathy Milliken’s Piece 43 For Now, written (in Cathy’s words) in response to “the rollercoaster months for me in the six months since the announcement of lockdown in March 2020”.
7:30pm 20 August & 11:30am 21 August 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
A spectacular orchestral concert event for all those new to classical music who “just want to hear the really famous pieces”! There’s music from Mozart, Beethoven, Morricone, Debussy and Australian composer Elena Kats–Chernin’s Eliza Aria from Wild Swans Suite, and more under the baton of Guy Noble.
11:30am 9 September & 7:30pm 10 September 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
Celebrating the magic of the keys, Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov will perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, known in music circles as ‘Rach 2’, and an absolute finger-buster! Renowned conductor Asher Fisch will then lead the orchestra through Brahms’ Symphony No.3.
Studio Sessions 4
3:00pm 25 September 2022, at QSO Studio, South Bank
The string and wind ensembles bring to life music by Australian and female composers.
Beethoven and Dvořák
11:30am 14 October & 1:30pm & 7:30pm 15 October 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
Guy Braunstein was the youngest violinist ever appointed as concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic and his formidable talents will be on display in October when he both plays in, and conducts these beautiful and thrilling concerts, presented in association with QPAC.
11:30am 23 October 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
Vienna was referred to for a long time as ‘the city of music’ because many of classical music’s greatest names made their fame (if not always their fortune) in this city. Beethoven rose to prominence here; Johann Strauss Jr created his great waltzes in this city; Mahler led their orchestra; and – though he wasn’t famous in his day – the beloved composer Franz Schubert crafted his masterpieces here that were to grow in fame long after his departure from this world. In this concert, you will feel the musical heritage of this great city in the melodies and rhythms brought to life by our musicians. For a special treat, you will have the opportunity to hear Guy Braunstein give a breathtaking solo as he performs Beethoven’s achingly beautiful Romance No.2 for violin and orchestra.
Musical Theatre Gala
1:30pm & 7:30pm 29 October 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
Prepare to tingle at the sound of great musical theatre voices with the spectacular sound of QSO playing the most famous notes under conductor Guy Noble with soloist Amy Lehpamer and emerging young artists from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
Studio Sessions 5
7:30pm 4 November 2022 at QSO Studio, South Bank
Concertmaster Natsuko Yoshimoto play-directs Mozart and Beethoven.
7:30pm 19 November 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
The final Maestro sees QSO’s dynamic Section Principal Double Bass, Phoebe Russell, take centre stage to perform the world premiere of a concerto for double bass and orchestra written especially for her by Queensland composer Paul Dean. Then, one of the grandest masterpieces of Russian music – Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony – will be conducted by Principal Conductor Johannes Fritzsch in an unforgettable, powered-by-powerful-music concert.
Studio Sessions 6
3:00pm 27 November 2022 at QSO Studio, South Bank
Revel in a glorious line-up of chamber music greats.
7:30pm 26 November 2022 at the QPAC Concert Hall
Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s annual tradition of performing Handel’s choral masterpiece is back, with Benjamin Northey conducting, a stellar cast of soloists, and the fresh and energetic sound of Voices of Birralee.
9:30am & 11:30am 10 December 2022 at QSO Studio, South Bank
Kick off your festive season with Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s family Christmas show! Join Sneezy the Reindeer and Izzy the Elf as they help Santa and Mrs Claus get ready for Christmas. Featuring familiar festive favourites and some new works too, children will be delighted as well-known tunes are brought to life by the Orchestra. Hosted by QSO musicians, these concerts are relaxed, interactive, and fun and there will be lots of opportunities to join in, sing along, move about and have fun.