Classic Euro sounds
have a chance to see the world’s best symphony orchestra perform a program of classics when it visits Queensland Performing Arts Centre later this year. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is celebrating 125 years of concerts with a world tour that visits six continents in a year. In Australia, the orchestra visits Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Established in Amsterdam in 1888, the RCO’s character was shaped by longstanding relationships with its chief conductors – six in total during a 124-year history. Composers Strauss, Mahler, Debussy and Stravinsky all conducted Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 1988, the orchestra was granted royal status. RCO chief conductor Mariss Jansons has won international prizes, is an honorary member of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna and the Royal Academy in London. Previous international orchestras to visit Australia include the Vienna Philharmonic in 2006, the Israel Philharmonic in 2008, the London Philharmonic in 2009, the Berlin Philharmonic in 2010 and a return visit by the Vienna Philharmonic in 2011.
RCO plays Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Concert Hall on November 24 and 25. Tickets go on sale on February 18.