Optimistic symphony orchestra despite COVID

One of Australia’s best symphony orchestras is looking forward to the more promising 2022, despite the rocky chapter of cancellations and staff layoffs during the CCP virus pandemic over the past two years.

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) has announced the season for concerts and events, including a return to the first concert 75 years ago, a world premiere, an orchestra classic, and new compositions.

Over the past two years, Queensland’s largest performing arts company has experienced many staff losses, including the turnover of a former music director, Mexican conductor Alondra de Rapala, and several managers.

“We are also interviewing the role of CEO later this month,” Matties said.

“This is the migration and renewal period.”

One of the works performed by the orchestra is Strauss’s large-scale Alpine Symphony. This is a poetic experience that took 11 hours to climb a mountain in the Alps.

“Strauss’s symphony requires 100 musicians on stage, so it will be a great showcase for our orchestra,” said Tim Matties, director of art planning.

Johannes Fritzsch, Principal Conductor and Arts Advisor, also promised that the program would take the audience on an inspiring journey.

“Along this musical journey, our audience meets soloists and conductors who point out the sights and sounds of music and act as tour guides. We create beautiful, life-affirming experiences. I believe in the power of live performance, “Fritzsch said in a media release.

The 2022 season begins with QSO Favorites, where concert attendees decide which classical music the orchestra will play.

When they made their debut last year, four out of ten people in the audience had never been to a concert.

“It’s a great statistic we want to repeat,” Matthies said.

The orchestra will also perform the Hungarian March from Faust’s Damnation, played by QSO when it debuted at Brisbane City Hall on March 26, 1947.

The great news for tomorrow’s musicians is that French horn player Vivienne Collier-Vickers will host the Sounds Like a Orchestra to help a young audience learn about a variety of instruments.

“Last year I made a variation, but then the audience told me that it reminded me of a children’s concert with Leonard Bernstein’s New York Philharmonic, who grew up in New York,” he said.

“That’s exactly the type of experience we want in Brisbane. It’s high quality, but it’s done in a friendly, open and accessible way.”

Jesse Chan


Jessie Zhang is a Sydney-based journalist who reports on Australian news. She holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and music. Contact her at [email protected]