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Sharing the Joy

QSO + QPAC + Health and Wellbeing Qld team up to thank frontline workers

1:30 min watch

The power of live music to connect people and restore hope has long been acknowledged, so what better way could there be to thank those who so frequently give of themselves for their communities than a free orchestral concert in our Concert Hall? 

Recently hosted by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Health and Wellbeing Queensland and QPACSharing the Joy was a heartfelt thank you to the many Queensland frontline workers who have protected communities through fire, flood, crime, and COVID-19.

More than 1,700 guests were treated to a free program performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra including a recently premiered new work by didgeridoo virtuoso William BartonApii Thatini Mu Murtu (To sing and carry a coolamon on country together).

In addition to Barton’s new work, the concert featured music from beloved composers such as Beethoven, Bernstein, Gershwin, Dvořák, Ravel, and more in an uplifting and joyous program

“We believe there is power in coming together to enjoy live performance: it connects us and provides a vital sense of belonging.” John Kotzas

“It was a pleasure to thank the people who have worked so tirelessly and under such incredibly challenging conditions over the past two years, in particular, to keep us safe.”

Hear from just a few of the participants about how much they enjoyed Sharing the Joy.

With thanks to Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Health and Wellbeing Queensland for partnering with us to deliver a memorable experience for these valued members of our community.

Image credit: Peter Wallis

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