Queensland Youth Symphony

2017 Concert Series


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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.

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Star Crossed Lovers

Saturday 27 May, 7pm
QPAC Concert Hall
2 hours (20 minute interval)

THOMAS GREEN Fantasia for Vibraphone and Orchestra
PROKOFIEV Suite from Romeo and Juliet
RAVEL Suite No. 2 from 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 two new orchestral works,  Tchambreen (an aboriginal word for “where we live”) and Fantasia for Vibraphone and Orchestra by acclaimed
Queensland composers Michael Knopf and Thomas Green to open the concert.

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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

BRAHMS Violin Concerto
soloist Yebin Yoo (VIC)
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto
soloist Emmalena Huning (WA)
ELGAR Cello Concerto
soloist Benett Tsai (NSW)

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.

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QYO Finale

Saturday 28 October 7pm
QPAC Concert Hall

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

Big Band Conductor Rafael Karlen
Junior String Ensemble Conductor Chen Yang
Maurice Ravel arr C Yang Empress of the Pagodas from The Mother Goose Suite
Brian Balmages Lyric Metal
Wind Ensemble Conductor David Law
Eric Whitacre Equus
Wind Symphony Conductor Warwick Potter
Eric Coates London Suite
I. Covent Garden (Tarentelle)
III. Knightsbridge (March)
Queensland Youth Orchestra 3 Conductor Dr Bradley Voltz
Richard Wagner arr. Kennedy Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Prelude (Vorspiel)
Queensland Youth Orchestra 2 Conductor Sergei V Korschmin
Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 9 (New World Symphony)
IV. Allegro con fuoco
Queensland Youth Symphony Conductor John Curro AM MBE
Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 (The Year 1905)
IV. Allegro non troppo (Tocsin)