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Brian Cox – Journeying Through the Cosmos, Brisbane Bound

Brian-Cox-on-Mountain-Top‘Knowledge and inspiration are classless’ notes the brilliant world famous particle physicist Professor Brian Cox (b1968-). He is undoubtedly one of the most sought after, popular and powerful presenters on the planet, making science sexy.

Brian Cox is a Professor of Particle Physics and Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, and he works at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. He wants to help us all to understand how physics first carved natural wonders across the solar system 13.7 billion years ago and inspire each and every one of us want to find out more.

Professor-Brian-Cox-OBEHis commitment to informing, shocking and exciting people is admirable as is his unique quiet affable manner. He has a captivating style and it is easy to understand why thousands flock to hear or see him paying very high prices.

Cox has an amazing ability to stimulate interest and fascination with the facts surrounding the vastness of the universe and our planet’s make up.

During his career to date he has presented the popular TV Series Wonders of the Solar System 2010, Wonders of the Universe 2011, Wonders of Life 2013 and his latest, Human Universe 2014.

For all of these he has travelled to the most extreme remote and fascinating locations on earth entertaining us all in our living rooms.

In the Human Universe we all came to understand the greatest wonder of them all – humankind. He discussed how it was time, physics and chemistry that came together to create a living being.

It’s not surprising that he’s coming down under again in November after previous positive sold out experiences. He will perform to many ‘sold out audiences’ when he is here, with many begging for yet more.


Gustav Holst, Cheltenham, UK

This time he will be in Brisbane on stage with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), making much more than beautiful music.

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra is thinking big and aiming for the stars,” said the state Arts Minister Ian Walker when announcing their 2014 season, presenting a program of performances combining ‘science, music, voice and film.

Apart from presentations entitled Einstein’s Universe and The Physics of Time, a special highlight will be The Planets Suite by the English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934).

Working alongside Academy Award and Golden Globe winning composer Dario Marianelli, virtuoso violinist Jack Liebeck and The Australian Voices, Brian Cox will narrate as they go on a ‘Journey through the Cosmos together.

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Australian Chamber Orchestra Turns 40 – Tognetti, 25 Years

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Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director and Leader, Australian Chamber Orchestra

There is no doubt for the past twenty five years in Australia the artistic director and lead violin of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) Richard Tognetti has re-written chamber music history in this country, and indeed internationally as well.

I often reflect on the fact that I was a subscriber to the ACO BT (Before Tognetti). His arrival on stage in 1989 was immediately a knock out. He literally took the classic music world in Australia by storm age 23 and he’s never looked back.

In 2015 Richard Tognetti will be celebrating 25 years as ACO leader, while the orchestra itself will celebrate 40 years since its establishment. During that time Tognetti has been at the helm of many landmark music events in all sorts of venues, showcasing works that embrace music in all its forms across every spectrum imaginable; from the beat, beat, beat of a refuse bin to the most exquisite playing ever heard on a violin. Not only has he led its success, but he has also been instrumental in safeguarding and securing its future.

Richard Tognetti is undoubtedly a foremost innovator in terms of musical programming in Australia. He has over the years offered repertoire and experiences to the orchestra’s subscription audience that are not only challenging to their perceptions of what a ‘chamber orchestra’ should be playing, but also more than that too. Works at the cutting edge of musicianship.

Some guest artists the ACO has introduced to audiences under Tognetti’s stewardship have been more than exceptional.


Steven Isserlis, guest cellist with the ACO

From musicians like mind blowing cellists Steven Isserlis and Peter Wispelway to sensational cabaret performer Paul Capsis, and from cartoonist Michael Leunig to include the talented visual artists, Shaun Tan and sensational photographer Bill Henson, the range of programs devised over the years historically have been sensational and document a premiere list of international creative minds and musicians.

Tognetti has performed himself individually to great acclaim and thunderous applause on his extraordinary 1743 Carrodus Guarneri del Gesú violin, as well as on modern and electric instruments.

He has guided the orchestra in winning four Grammy awards for recording, winning three Aria awards himself in 2006, 2007 and 2008 with recordings of Sonata and Concerto works by legendary German born composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).

Today with over 10,000 subscribers, the ACO offers experiences across Australia and can call itself truly national.

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ACO 2 Director and Leader and ACO violinist Helena Rathbone

Its ACO2 is a critically acclaimed string ensemble that nurtures its emerging artists and is led by his colleague and brilliant violinist Helena Rathbone.

She also leads the ACO’s regional touring and education programs to all states, including Tasmania where she is a regular guest with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Helena plays a 1759 Guadagnini violin loaned to her by the Commonwealth Bank.

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