Eleven advanced level students from eight schools have applied and will audition for Queensland Symphony Orchestra musician David Mitchell on Tuesday 26 June at the Empire Theatre, as part of The Prodigy Project. David is an Associate Principal at the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and will select students for the prodigy project, who he believes showcase talent and potential.

The Empire Theatre is one of Australia’s most successful regional theatre venues, hosting more than 130,000 visits annually. The Projects Company was established as the community engagement arm of the Company to further develop the performing arts in the Toowoomba Region. The vision of the company is to nurture, enable and inspire the cultural capacity of the community. The company offers a wide range of programs including artist development, education support, workshop facilitation and unique performance and development opportunities for artists. The Empire Theatre values vibrancy, collaboration and transformation and aims to reflect these values in the programs they provide for the community. Amongst the most exciting programs offered by the Projects Company is the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Prodigy Project.

Students that are chosen for the Prodigy Project will have the unique opportunity to be mentored by a musician from the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, rehearse and play on the Empire Theatre stage as members of the orchestra. Last year audience members were treated to an exquisite performance from the orchestra conducted by internationally acclaimed, Daniel Kossov. The show featured Vivaldi’s Concerto, Dvovák’s Song to the Moon from Rusalka and Dubussey’s Nocturnes. This is an incredible once in a lifetime experience for aspiring professional artists. The QSO is a national leader in the arts and is renowned for high quality, breathtaking performances that showcase both classical and modern compositions. Selected students will have the honour of performing alongside the orchestra on Friday 28 September performing Dvovák’s Carnival Overture.

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