Flinders Presents Queensland Symphony Orchestra on the Sunshine Coast on Friday, 31 March 2023

Sunshine Coast music appreciators are in for a treat when the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) visits to perform at Matthew Flinders Anglican College on Friday, 31 March 2023. 

Flinders will proudly present the masterful QSO’s Hymn to Mother Earth concert in the Flinders Performance Centre, Buderim from 7:30pm.  

It has been many years since the QSO performed in the region, making it an exciting milestone concert for all ages on the Sunshine Coast. 

Tickets are on sale now and open to the public at https://www.trybooking.com/CFRVO

Like nature itself, this concert is designed “to soothe you, fill you with awe and refresh your soul”. 

Concert Features Principal Guest Conductor Johannes Fritzsch

The concert will be conducted by the QSO’s Principal Guest Conductor Johannes Fritzsch who will bring Mother Earth to life with a span of music from across the globe and history, inspired by the natural world.

German-born Johannes Fritzsch has conducted many leading orchestras around the world and conducts the major Australasian orchestras as well as leading productions for Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, West Australian Opera and State Opera of South Australia.

Among many career highlights, in 2017 the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra invited Johannes to design and lead the newly founded Australian Conducting Academy. 

Flinders is honoured to be hosting the QSO in its Flinders Performance Centre, a state-of-the-art professional venue with strong acoustics.

The Flinders Performance Centre features sufficient space to accommodate the ensemble of 64 musicians on the raised stage, providing the audience with a clear and impressive view of the Orchestra in action. 

Flinders Students to Audition for the QSO Prodigy Program

And music students at Flinders have the exciting opportunity to feature in the concert on stage as part of the QSO’s commitment to playing alongside young musicians and seeking to inspire their creativity and ambition. 

As part of the QSO's Prodigy Program, students at Flinders are able to audition for eight places to go on and practice with the QSO during the day on Friday, 31 March in preparation for performing the final music piece with the orchestra that evening. 

Flinders has a robust curriculum and co-curricular Music Program for its students from Prep to Year 12 with more than 650 music students developing their music and vocal skills across more than 15 ensembles. 

The College’s music students will be some of the most star-struck in the audience. 

Flinders Principal Stuart Meade said, “This will be one of the most significant events hosted at Flinders and we are thrilled to be sharing the experience with members of our Sunshine Coast community.  

“We’ll also be cheering on our student musicians who are selected for this unique performance opportunity as they experience firsthand the power of music to enrapture audiences.” 

The QSO considers its live performances an opportunity to share their passion and joy with as many people as possible, noting: “We are more powerful when we all come together to deliver and appreciate the sound and excitement that surrounds music.” 

See the full QSO 2023 season at qso.com.au

Tickets are open to the public and on sale now with concession prices available via TryBooking: https://www.trybooking.com/CFRVO

About the Hymn to Mother Earth Concert Program

As long as composers have been writing music, the natural world has been an inspiration.

And like nature itself, this concert will soothe you, fill you with awe and refresh your soul.

The program presents magical musical depictions of nature, including Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe’s evocative work ‘From Uluru’, depicting the heartland of the Australian outback.

Also on the program is Smetana's ever-popular ‘The Moldau’, following the course of a river from a tiny stream (the flute) through to its majestic outpouring into the ocean.

Concert Program on Friday, 31 March at Flinders Performance Centre: 

SMETANA, The Moldau


BRITTEN, Sea Interlude from Peter Grimes, Storm

GLAZUNOV, Autumn, from The Seasons

BOULANGER, Of a Spring Morning

RESPIGHI, The Birds, Nightingale and Cuckoo

FALLA, Ritual Fire Dance

R.STRAUSS, Moonlight Music from Capriccio

J STRAUSS JNR, Thunder and Lightning Polka

Show Details

Friday, 31 March at 7.30pm
Hymn to Mother Earth by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Principal Conductor Johannes Fritzsch
Presented by Matthew Flinders Anglican College
Flinders Performance Centre
Stringybark Road, Buderim, Sunshine Coast

Running time (guide only): 1hr 20 minutes
Recommended age: 6+
Ticket prices: Adult $65 and Concession $40
Book tickets now: https://www.trybooking.com/CFRVO 

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