Alondra de la Parra, just one of the international guests to celebrate QSO's 70th anniversary.
Alondra de la Parra, just one of the international guests to celebrate QSO's 70th anniversary. Contributed.

Qld Symphony Orchestra set to impress for 70th

A 70th anniversary is cause for the biggest of celebrations and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) plans to give us the best anniversary present this month.

Two of the most influential and exciting artists in the world - acclaimed conductor Alondra de la Parra in her first year as QSO Music Director, and world leading virtuoso violinist Maxim Vengerov will perform a series of extraordinary musical events on February 17, 18 and 22.

This international coup must be the envy of other states and puts Brisbane's stamp firmly on the cultural map.

It also signals the beginning of what promises to be a remarkable year-long program of powerful, passionate and breathtaking music.

One of the most compelling conductors of her generation, the appointment of Alondra de la Parra as Music Director was widely seen as placing QSO firmly at the vanguard of the world's orchestral stage.

Glimpses of Alondra's extraordinary abilities as conductor were evident during 2016's concert program, but this special anniversary year marks the start of an association allowing her to place the stamp of her talent across the whole of the orchestra's repertoire.

Alondra de la Parra conducts the QSO on Friday, February 17, and Saturday, February 18, with a program that also continues her epic Mahler cycle with Symphony No.1 Titan.

On the same program exciting young pianist Zhang Zuo makes her QSO exclusive Australian debut with Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No.1.

Hailed as a superstar and regarded as one of the world's greatest violinists, Maxim Vengerov (also QSO's Artist in Residence in 2017) returns to the concert hall stage after his much-lauded Tchaikovsky Gala concert in 2016.

On Thursday, February 23, as part of the 2017 season launch, and continuing the anniversary celebrations in inimitable style, he performs a Queensland-first concert hall recital.

Alongside pianist Roustem Saïtkoulov, he presents a program of extraordinary and captivating violin works including pieces by Schubert, Beethoven, Ravel, Ernst and of course, Paganini.

Brave, bold and adventurous, Season 2017 can surely have no more auspicious and appropriate launch than in this exceptional programme; presenting some of the world's foremost musicians, and featuring one of the world's great orchestras.

The tone is set for a dazzling anniversary season ahead.

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