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TSO French Impressions

Stylish, witty, urbane. French music exhibits a very particular set of attributes, as can be heard in these debonair works by Ravel and Poulenc. Ravel’s Piano Concerto is an energetic romp that pauses in its middle movement for one of the most transcendent adagios ever written. Poulenc’s Sinfonietta – a “little” symphony – bustles with Gallic lightness and charm. Contemporary Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa takes the lotus flower as his starting point in Blossoming II. The unfolding petals find their analogue in the organic musical structure of this spellbinding work. Japanese conductor Kazuki Yamada and French pianist Cédric Tiberghien, who enthralled audiences on their last TSO co-appearance, make an eagerly awaited return.

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TSO Handel’s Messiah

Messiah returns in 2018. Handel’s immortal oratorio has got it all – beautiful solos, stirring choruses and majestic orchestral writing. A staple of the Christmas season, Messiah offers hope, comfort and joy. Appearing with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for the first time is Baroque specialist Christian Curnyn. Book early for this seasonal favourite!

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TSO Opera in Concert - Gounod's Romeo et Juliette

The masked ball, the balcony scene, the marriage bed, the family crypt…Gounod’s affectionate adaptation of Shakespeare’s drama retains all of the key episodes and cloaks them in the most radiant music. Internationally acclaimed artists Adriana Kučerová and tenor Pavol Breslik play the star-crossed lovers and are joined by a cast of outstanding Australian singers. Maestro Marko Letonja is intimately acquainted with this most beautiful of operas having conducted Roméo et Juliette in major opera houses in Europe as well as the Arena di Verona. Don’t miss the gala opera event of 2018!

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TSO Romeo Retold

Romeo and Juliet, the most famous boy-meets-girl story of them all, has inspired composers down the ages. Shakespeare’s play has been recast in opera, music theatre and ballet, and has given rise to rapturous stand-alone orchestral works. This special concert – marking the 70th anniversary of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra – presents three enthralling retellings of the Romeo story: Tchaikovsky’s luscious Fantasy Overture, Bernstein’s jazz-inspired West Side Story and Prokofiev’s powerful and monumental ballet score. Conductor Marko Letonja captures the grand sweep, intimate moments and heartbreaking pathos of music inspired by Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy.

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TSO The Great (Launceston)

What is it about Ninth Symphonies? Frequently the culminating point of a composer’s symphonic output, they sum up the past and foreshadow the future. They expose the full breadth of a composer’s imagination and exhibit a lifetime’s worth of experiences. Schubert’s Symphony No 9 is all of these things and more. Grand, poetic and poignant, it is Schubert’s last symphony and the finest of them all. With good reason is it known as the “Great”. Few composers wrote as eloquently for the soprano voice as Richard Strauss. Strauss’s sopranos scale the heights and plumb the depths in their quest to touch the human heart. Be moved by celebrated soprano Siobhan Stagg.

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TSO The Nutcracker

As we head into the Christmas season, the TSO performs the suite from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, a compilation of choice bits from the full-length ballet, including the “Arabian Dance”, “Chinese Dance”, “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Waltz of the Flowers”. Binding them together is a narrative thread presented by Christopher Lawrence. In addition to music from The Nutcracker, the concert includes bubbly, Christmas themed works as well as popular singalong numbers! Recommended for children aged 6 and above.

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TSO Viva Violin! Hobart

Violinist Ning Feng rises to the challenge of Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No 3, the most demanding – and astounding – of the composer’s violin concertos. Fauré’s Pavane evokes the serenity of an earlier time while the overture to Béatrice et Bénédict captures the quick-witted repartee of the quarrelsome lovers from Much Ado about Nothing. Likewise jolly is Beethoven’s Symphony No 8, an essay in pure, unalloyed pleasure.

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TSO Viva Violin! Launceston

Violinist Ning Feng rises to the challenge of Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No 3, the most demanding – and astounding – of the composer’s violin concertos. Fauré’s Pavane evokes the serenity of an earlier time while the overture to Béatrice et Bénédict captures the quick-witted repartee of the quarrelsome lovers from Much Ado about Nothing. Likewise jolly is Beethoven’s Symphony No 8, an essay in pure, unalloyed pleasure.

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We Will Rock You

Presented by John X By Queen and Ben Elton From the team that brought you Rock of Ages. Since 2002 over 15 million theatregoers in 17 countries have been thrilled by this awe-inspiring musical based on the songs of Queen and a book by Ben Elton (The Young Ones, Blackadder, Popcorn). Elton fashioned this hilarious futurist comedy around more than 24 of Queen’s biggest hit songs including We Are The Champions, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Don’t Stop Me Now, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust and of course, We Will Rock You. At last, it’s Tasmania’s turn – We Will Rock You reflects the scale and spectacle that marked Queen’s live performances. Produced by: John X, Cassie Xintavelonis and Ben Armitage Directed by: Ingrid Ganley By Arrangement with David Spicer Productions www.davidspicer.com.au

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Women Like Us Does Hobart (Bellerive)

Women Like Us comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs are different from other comedians, they’re women, they’re mothers, they’re middle aged and they’re country girls. With more than 60 sold out shows and packed houses at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival’s Enmore Theatre, Adelaide Fringe and Perth Festival, and constant touring to country halls, pubs, clubs and theatres around Australia. Described as a ‘two Tena pad show’. These are untold, laugh out loud, women’s stories. Few sacred cows remain unmilked by these two small town Showgirls, with seven children, four husbands and thirty five years stage time between them, their material is hilarious first hand account of parenting, beauty industry, getting older, getting fatter, strange surgeries, weird television shows, obsessions, frustrations and most importantly - who unpacks the dishwasher. Mandy Nolan, a columnist for the Byron Shire Echo, and writes for Mamamia, with appearances on ABC's Q and A, SBS's Mums The Word and About Women and is a corporate and club performer nation wide. Ellen Briggs, a national Finalist for RAW comedy and winner of Foxtel Comedy Channel's Be A Comedian.

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