Over 15,000 people witnessed (either in person or through streaming) the world premiere of Journey Through the Cosmos
last weekend, led by superstar physicist Professor Brian Cox OBE.
The four day program combined science, music, voice and film. Starring Professor Brian Cox OBE, the event featured the specially commissioned Voyager Violin Concerto by Academy Award and Golden Globe winning composer Dario Marianelli, performed by virtuoso violinist Jack Liebeck and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), together with Holst’s The Planets Suite performed by QSO and The Australian Voices, conducted by Maestro Johannes Fritzsch.
“I am so proud that this unique program was created and produced here in Queensland, by our own QSO. This was a creative vision that QSO made real through international collaboration, great teamwork and a passionate commitment to present the world’s best musical experiences to all Queenslanders, including our regional centres,” said QSO Chief Executive Officer Sophie Galaise.
“I thank the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland for believing in QSO’s vision and helping to make this journey possible.”
In Brisbane, over 9,000 people attended the four near-sold-out concerts, three satellite lectures and pre-concert talks, and the special schools performance. An additional 6,000 Queenslanders across the state witnessed the event by live streaming (or are expected to witness it in coming months by delayed streaming).
Journey Through the Cosmos was supported by Arts Queensland through the Super Star Fund, a Queensland Government program that delivers ‘superstar’ performances exclusive to the state.