Season Preview: Your guide to the arts in 2021

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2021 season, which will feature three new commissions by Australian composers Gordon Kerry, William Barton and Sebastian Lingane, and a focus on the orchestra’s own musicians as soloists – though there is a conspicuously low number of female composers.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra Queensland Symphony Orchestra double bassist Justin Bullock, Concertmaster Warwick Adeney, cellist Kathryn Close and French horn Lauren Manuel. Photo © Sarah Marshall

Chief Executive Craig Whitehead said the QSO was excited for the 2021 season after what has been a challenging year. “During 2020, we have been extremely disappointed that we have been unable to deliver live concerts to the people of Queensland, however we’ve created a fantastic range of online content from musicians’ homes, backyards, parks and playgrounds, playing all sorts of music, from Bach to  Baby Shark, an epic anthem collaboration with the Gold Coast SUNS and...