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Queensland Symphony Orchestra


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The Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) is an Australian orchestra, based principally in Brisbane in the state of Queensland.

The QSO played its first concert on 26 March 1947, with the orchestra consisting of 45 musicians, conducted by Percy Code.[1] John Farnsworth Hall was recruited from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as the orchestra’s first chief conductor. The orchestra played concerts in various Queensland cities and towns, such as Innisfail and Townsville, travelling up to 3500 miles a year in the process.[2]

In 2001, the QSO was merged with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, to form The Queensland Orchestra (TQO).[3][1] On 14 October 2009, the orchestra announced a reversion of its name back to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, effective in 2010.[4]

The orchestra is funded by private corporations, the state government and the Australian federal government through the Australia Council. Most of the orchestra’s performances take place in Brisbane at three venues:

* Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) Concert Hall
* Griffith University Conservatorium
* Brisbane City Hall.

In addition, the orchestra tours other parts of the state of Queensland regularly, including the following locations:

* Gold Coast Art Centre
* The Events Centre, Caloundra
* Empire Theatres, Toowoomba
* Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton
* Mackay Entertainment Centre
* Townsville Civic Theatre
* Cairns Civic Theatre.

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