Brisbane Festival, Brisbane City Council, Tim Fairfax AC and Queensland Symphony Orchestra present

Symphony For Me


21 Sept | Riverstage




Queensland Symphony Orchestra (AUS)

Many people have a favourite piece of orchestral music, even if they don’t think of themselves as classical music fans. Maybe they only know one piece – something heard as a child, or known from a film, or linked with a big life event – but it’s music that occupies a special place.

In this free concert, hosted by journalist and ABC TV weather presenter Jenny Woodward, we’ll hear the most captivating personal stories and the music that’s part of them from members of the public – our special guests of the evening. We’ll invite them onto the stage to tell their stories, then they’ll be given a special place onstage near where the conductor normally stands, while the full force of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Guy Noble, plays their favourite music.

This free concert has been a huge success for Brisbane Festival in previous years, with all tickets gone within 15 minutes. In 2019, for the first time, and due to overwhelming demand, it moves to Riverstage as part of our celebrations of that special venue’s 30th birthday.

So, bring your picnic blankets, leave your chairs at home, and enjoy some great music and stories under the starry sky.

Questions? Check out the FAQs page.


G. F. Handel
‘The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’, from Solomon

Claude Debussy
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

John Williams
Main theme, Jurassic Park

Antonín Dvořák
Symphony No. 9 in E minor, ‘From the New World’
Second Movement

Gioacchino Rossini
Overture to Guillaume Tell (William Tell)


Johannes Brahms (Arr. Schmeling)
Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor

Ludwig Beethoven
Symphony No.8 in F major
Second Movement

Vangelis (Arr. Mortimer)
Main theme, Chariots of Fire

Joseph Haydn
Symphony No. 94 in G major, ‘Surprise’
Second Movement

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
1812 Overture


Antipasto platter pre-orders

Fancy a snack? Ticketholders can pre-order antipasto platters from Rolling Stone Pizza via their website, for collection at Riverstage on Saturday 21 September. Orders close 12pm Friday 20 September.

Suitable for all ages. All patrons must hold a valid ticket regardless of age.



This event concluded in 2019.

Sat 21 Sept

Gates: 5:30pm
Show: 7pm

Includes interval

Auslan Interpreted

Riverstage conditions of entry apply.

Duration : 120 minutes


59 Gardens Point Rd
Brisbane City
QLD 4000

Auslan Interpreted
Wheelchair Access

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