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In response to overwhelming demand for tickets, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra have announced today that they will be staging a fourth performance of their up-coming collaboration with British celebrity physicist Professor Brian Cox, Academy Award and Golden Globe winning composer Dario Marianelli and violin virtuoso Jack Liebeck. Journey through the Cosmos had already been extended once from its originally advertised two performances, but even an additional third concert was not enough to satisfy the volume of ticket requests.
Funded by the Queensland Government’s Super Star Fund, which provides financial support to allow internationally renowned stars and productions to exclusively appear within Queensland, the combination of house-hold names, space science and music has proven a tremendously popular mix. “This production will be a major drawcard for interstate visitors”, says Queensland Arts Minister Ian Walker, “the Queensland Symphony Orchestra is thinking big and aiming for the stars”. The international reputation of the celebrity line up for the production has created a unique opportunity for the orchestra, says QSO Chief Executive Officer Sophie Galaise. “Professor Brian Cox is seen by many as the heir to the great Sir David Attenborough. He is fast becoming one of the most famous men on the planet and his interests are extensive as are his followers from the world of music, space and the evolution of this planet. To have him here is extraordinary.” In addition to the live performances, to maximise on the huge popularity of the concerts the QSO will also be live-streaming one Journey through the Cosmos show to selected regional Queensland centres, ensuring a wide reach for what promises to be one of the most ambitious cultural undertakings of the State in the recent years.
The performances, which will take place from November 6th to the 9th at the QPAC Concert Hall, will be an innovative cocktail of elements – part lecture, part film, part concert. In addition to Holst’s ever-popular The Planets Suite, the performances will also feature the world premiere of Voyager, a newly commissioned violin concerto by Dario Marianelli, to be performed by Jack Liebeck. The Australian Voices will also feature in the performance.
There will also be a series of satellite concerts and pre-concert talks, including on Sunday November 9th a lecture about the physics of time, delivered by Professor Cox. This will be accompanied by a performance of Messiaen’s great chamber music masterwork, Quartet for the End of Time, performed by Liebeck, who is joined by Li-Wei Quin, Paul Dean and acclaimed contemporary music specialist, pianist Zubin Kanga.
Full details of ticket availability can be found on the QSO website.