“The goal is not to become friends with them, not to make them like you. The goal is to make them play their very best,” says Alondra de la Parra, the recently appointed Chief Conductor, Artistic Director and Community Arts Leader of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. The three-pronged title, a mouthful of a moniker, suggests the QSO Board has huge expectations, but their new Music Director also has license to expect a great deal from Queensland’s state orchestra as...

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