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A symphony for kids the whole family will love

Arts & Entertainment, Educational

Would you like to expand your child’s knowledge of music? Why not take them to a symphony for kids? This winter, Queensland Symphony Orchestra is joining musical forces with acclaimed presenter and composer, Paul Rissmann, to bring you the magic and wonder of two beloved kids’ books: The Lost Thing and Leon and the Place Between.

These two concerts, tailor-made for younger audiences, are the perfect way to broaden horizons and introduce your family to a world of classical music. Experience, orchestras, musical instruments, and the arts. Not to mention it’s also a symphony of FUN!

Queensland Symphony Orchestra is certainly well-known for its performances of classical music masterpieces, and its symphony for kids adds to its repertoire. The orchestra regularly entertains audiences with a wide range of concerts. From performing the music of popular franchises such as Harry Potter and Star Wars, to educational concerts to teach and inspire people of all ages, QSO truly is an orchestra for everyone! And with $30 tickets for those under 18 years of age, it’s time to explore the world of classical music and beyond.


The Lost Thing

9 & 10 June 2023

Artwork for Qso Symphony for Kids the Lost Thing

Queensland Symphony Orchestra is excited to get you absolutely lost in the much-loved children’s book, The Lost Thing by Australian illustrator and author Shaun Tan.

This imaginative tale of hope and purpose now becomes a magical concert experience, thanks to the music of Paul Rissmann. The Lost Thing is a tale set in the near future in Melbourne, Australia. A boy named Shaun, who enjoys collecting bottlecaps, one day discovers a rather curious creature on the beach. And tries to find a place in the world where it belongs.

In the concert, Paul will present the story and his composition for The Lost Thing. It is in a similar styling to the music of Danny Elfman (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Paul’s whimsical composition will then be performed by QSO musicians alongside other great classical pieces to demonstrate how composers can use an orchestra to create different feelings and sounds. A perfect symphony for kids!

The music can be enjoyed by children and adults of all ages. However, we recommended this concert is for kids aged 8+ to make them think, feel, and be awed.


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Leon and the Place Between: Symphony for Kids

8 June 2023

Artwork for Qso Symphony for Kids the Place Between

Another Rissmann and QSO collaboration, Leon and the Place Between is coming to Brisbane to make everyone, young and old, truly believe in magic! This unique concert experience will explore the sights and sounds of the orchestra. It features Paul Rissmann’s evocative score, Angela McAllister’s brilliant story and Grahame Baker-Smith’s vibrant illustrations.

Set in a dazzling fairground, this is a tale of trust, confidence, and self-belief. Leon is an aspiring magician who wants to prove to his siblings that magic really exists. He is transported to a mysterious world of rabbits, doves, playing cards and magicians’ assistants. The book sits perfectly with young readers, who marvel at the spectacle of the story. While older children can’t fail to be impressed by Angela’s clever use of language and Graham’s detailed illustrations.

Tickets to The Lost Thing and Leon and the Place Between are on sale now at the Queensland Symphony Orchestra website.


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By Claire Gilligan
WITH A FIFO HUSBAND WHO WORKS AWAY WEEKS AT A TIME, CLAIRE ENJOYS FINDING FUN, LOCAL THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO VISIT TO OCCUPY HER AND HER TWO GIRLS' TIME. ORIGINALLY FROM SYDNEY, CLAIRE AND HER FAMILY LOVE ALL THE THINGS THE SUNSHINE COAST HAS TO OFFER AND ENJOY SHOWING IT OFF TO VISITING FAMILY AND FRIENDS. Kids on the Coast is a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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