As the clouds of the COVID-19 pandemic are clearing in Queensland, the luminous rainbow logo of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra shone across the QPAC Concert Hall for the opening night of the 2020 Maestro Season Finale, Beethoven’s Emperor. Alison Mitchell, QSO’s Principal Flute, opened the evening exclaiming that she was delighted to be performing after the turbulent year, and that the orchestra were looking forward to the new 2021 program. In order to maintain the 50 percent capacity in the Concert Hall, and due to its popularity, there were three scheduled performances of the finale concert. It was also live-streamed for those unable to attend, supported by the Brisbane City Council.

Johannes Fritzsch and Daniel De Borah Johannes Fritzsch and Daniel De Borah performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Photo courtesy of Queensland Symphony Orchestra

The iconic QSO Conductor Laureate Johannes Fritzsch was again at the helm for an epic end to the year of the pandemic. Warwick Adeney, QSO Concertmaster said of Fritzsch: “Since his first appearance some 15 years ago, he has consistently set a standard of...

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