2017 Queensland Youth Symphony Concert Series

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Star Crossed Lovers

Saturday 27 May
QPAC Concert Hall
2 hours (20 minute interval)


THOMAS GREEN Fantasia for Vibraphone and Marimba

PROKOFIEV Suite from Romeo and Juliet

RAVEL Daphnis and Chloe

Ballet suites based on two immortal love stories and world premieres of two new works are featured by the Queensland Youth Symphony under conductor John Curro. The ballet scores for Romeo and Juliet and Daphnis and Chloe by Prokofiev and Ravel are two of the finest orchestral works of the 20th century and are renowned for the genius of their musical depictions. We proudly present a new orchestral work (Tchambreen is an aboriginal word for “where we live”) and marimba concerto by acclaimed
Queensland composers Michael Knopf and Thomas Green to open the concert.



Shostakovich 11

Saturday 19 August 7pm
QPAC Concert Hall

SAMUEL DICKENSON Fanfare  World Premiere

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor   Soloist Stefan Cassomenos


QYO welcomes acclaimed pianist Stefan Cassomenos as soloist in Mozart’s brooding and moving masterpiece, the Piano Concerto No. 20. The concert opens with a new fanfare by one of Queensland’s leading composers, Samuel Dickenson.

1905 was the year in which hundreds of poverty stricken petitioners, assembled peacefully, were killed by Cossack police guarding the Tsar’s Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 encapsulates brilliantly the dramatic events in four titled movements: The Palace Square, The 9th of January, Eternal Memory, Warning Bell.



String Sensations

National Youth Concerto Competition Finals Concert

Sunday 22 October 3pm
Old Museum Concert Hall

Soloists and Program available in August

Experience the prodigious talents of the Finalists in the 42nd National Youth Concerto Competition, Australia’s leading competition for string soloists aged up to 17. The three Finalists perform popular and challenging concertos with the Queensland Youth Symphony.





QYO Finale

The QYO Finale concert showcases all seven QYO orchestras. 470 young musicians perform highlights from the 2017 QYO concert season, including works for smphony orchestra, string orchestra, wind orchestra and big band.

Saturday 28 October 7pm
QPAC Concert Hall

Program available in October









Past Concerts in the 2017 Queensland Youth Symphony Concert Series

Scottish Fantasy

Saturday 18 March
QPAC Concert Hall
1 hour 45 minutes (20 minute interval)

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Russian Easter Overture

BRUCH Scottish Fantasy   Soloist Leanne McGowan

BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra

In its opening concert for 2017, the Queensland Youth Symphony proudly features one of its leading violinists, Leanne McGowan, as the soloist in Bruch’s evocative Scottish Fantasy. The concert begins with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture, drawing on vivid memories of Easter ceremonies and celebrations during the composer’s childhood. Composed in 1943, Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra is one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century and a magnificent showpiece for orchestra.