Pegasus Legal renews sponsorship of the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra

PRESS RELEASE: 16 May 2018

Pegasus Legal renews sponsorship of the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra

Pegasus Legal proudly announces that it will continue its long-standing relationship as a major sponsor to the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra (BSO). The BSO is a leading community orchestra in Brisbane and now in its 29th year of music-making. 

Pegasus Legal director, Gerald Arends observes: “In recent years, the BSO has been stepping up the musical quality, artistic ambition and vision for more complex performances. We are excited to assist the BSO in bringing its musical performances to audiences in Brisbane and South-East Queensland. The work of the BSO is not only contributing to a vibrant cultural life in South East Queensland, but is also the only major community orchestra that performs outside Brisbane. The BSO’s values align with our mission to help build and invest in assets that are a value to society.”

This year’s sponsorship will provide the BSO with the financial support for an employee to build organisational capacity and provide funding for the guest conductor and soloists that are performing with the BSO in 2018. 

BSO president Lee Norrell comments “It is wonderful to have the support of a member of business community behind the BSO.  It enables us to grow as musicians and as an organisation and build further towards our upcoming and very exciting 30th anniversary in 2019.”

Brisbane patrons will be in for a treat on Sunday 20 May 2018 with the “Joys and Sorrows”  performance at City Hall, which features Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave), the Elgar Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6 (Pathétique). 

Credit: Paul Dean

Credit: Paul Dean

The programme will be conducted by Paul Dean, who is widely regarded as one of Australia's foremost musicians in his multiple capacities as soloist (clarinet), recitalist, chamber musician, composer and Artistic Director. He currently holds the position of Head of Winds at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, is a founding member of the Endeavour Trio and co-Artistic Director of Ensemble Q.

Credit: Trish O'Brien

Credit: Trish O'Brien

The Elgar Cello Conerto will be performed by Trish O’Brien, who is currently co-Artistic Director of Ensemble Q and cellist of the Endeavour Trio. A former Principal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Trish has performed as soloist with the Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, at many festivals and as recitalist and chamber musician in the UK, Switzerland, Portugal, Germany and across Australia.

Recently, the BSO performed the much loved “Peter and the Wolf” with acclaimed Australian baritone Jason Barry-Smith acting as the narrator, delivering an unforgettable experience for young and old to sold-out venues. 

Jason Barry-Smith: “It was such a pleasure to perform for the first time with the BSO this year.  It's important that vibrant community arts organisations, such as the BSO, are supported by their entire community. Sponsorships and donations provide stability that enables arts organisations to create performances of artistic integrity based on excellence, creativity, and vision. These are performances that bring our communities together, nourish our souls, and we remember them for a lifetime.”

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     Left to Right: BSO artistic director Antoni Bonetti, Pegasus Legal director Gerald Arends, BSO president Lee Norrell, baritone Jason Barry-Smith on 11 March 2018.

Left to Right: BSO artistic director Antoni Bonetti, Pegasus Legal director Gerald Arends, BSO president Lee Norrell, baritone Jason Barry-Smith on 11 March 2018.

Pegasus Legal mandates that five per cent of the firm’s revenue is invested in a Community engagement programme which focuses on charitable and community causes. This includes sponsorship for the arts and pro bono advice for community groups such as CLEAN Cowra, Clenergy TeamArrow (Australia’s premier solar car racing team) and Energetic Communities

About Pegasus Legal

Pegasus Legal is a boutique legal practice focusing on complex energy and infrastructure projects. It has an outstanding reputation in the renewable energy sector, with a particular focus on solar and battery installations. Pegasus Legal has assisted investor and contractor clients in delivering renewable energy assets in Australia and in over 20 other countries across the world.

For further information please contact:

Gerald Arends
Pegasus Legal Pty Ltd
Phone: +61 (0) 468 841 854