The Greatest Show on Earth

PRESENTED BY DREAM DEALERS AND WANDER PRODUCTIONS Written and Performed by Mark Holden Inspired by tales of the Holden Brothers Travelling Circus, and as a tribute to them, singer, songwriter and media personality Mark Holden weaves his own colorful history into theirs. From Countdown to working with the Temptations and David Hasselhoff in America, to Vanessa Amorosi, Australian Idol, DWTS and beyond – it has all the soaring heights and crushing falls of his forbears’ high wire act. Classic family circus footage provides a mesmerising backdrop to the tales spun and songs sung. The Greatest Show On Earth is Mark Holden’s personal ode to the resilience of family, music, tradition, humor and hard work.

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The Joy of Mozart

Emma McGrath, TSO Concertmaster, shines as soloist in Mozart’s joyous Violin Concerto No 3, one of the loveliest creations of a composer whose music never fails to touch the soul. Despite the nickname, Haydn’s Mourning Symphony is not in the least bit melancholy. One of the composer’s “Storm and Stress” symphonies, it revels in minor keys and agitated rhythms. Likewise dramatic is Brahms’s Tragic Overture, a robust statement by one of music’s master symphonists. Erich Wolfgang Korngold had a special talent for writing theatrical music and would go on to have an illustrious career as a Hollywood film composer. Much Ado about Nothing springs to life in his imaginative orchestral suite.

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The Naturalists Footsteps

The naturalist, Jacques Julien Houtou Labillardière, was a member of the D'Entrecasteaux expedition which spent seven weeks exploring and mapping the area surrounding Recherche Bay in 1792 and 1793. Labillardière collected thousands of plant specimens and published a remarkable account of his observations and interactions with the local area and its people. Nicola Dickson visited south eastern Tasmania in 2016 to re-trace the steps of the naturalist. The works in this exhibition try to capture this experience, informed by imagining past events and by a sense of place.

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The Ship That Never Was - 25th Anniversary Performance

Australia's longest running play is turning 25! On 5th January 2019, 'The Ship That Never Was' will be performing it's 25th anniversary performance at the Strahan Primary School, where it began it's long run on Tasmania's west coast. Written and directed by Tasmanian playwright, Richard Davey, the play tells the story of 10 convict shipwrights, from the Macquarie Harbour Penal Settlement on Sarah Island, who stole the last ship built at the settlement and made their escape to Chile. This fun, interactive, family entertainment is not to be missed! Come and join our celebrations on 5th January 2019!

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The Taste of Tasmania

The Taste of Tasmania celebrates Tasmanian food, beverages, creative talent and our relaxed and family-friendly lifestyle. Free to enter, the festival is held on Hobart's stunning waterfront, and showcases more than 70 specialty stallholders from all around the state, including local restaurateurs, regional and boutique producers. A highlight is the Kids in the Park area on Parliament House Lawns, where free daily programs of sporting activities, art and craft, cooking classes, performances, and a nightly Twilight Cinema keep children of all ages busy. An eclectic, Tasmanian-focused entertainment program includes the best of Tasmanian music, while the program also features free cooking demonstrations and ticketed Food Tours and Tasting Table sessions.

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The Unconformity

Over three days walk the landscape, meet the people. Feel your perceptions being challenged. And, find something of yourself, within a cultural frontier that exists on the edge, in wild western Tasmania. The Unconformity is a biennial three-day festival of contemporary arts and cultural activities held in the industrial mining community of Queenstown — one of Tasmania's most provocative locations. Inspired by a rare geological feature and the non-conforming nature of its nearby community, The Unconformity is one of Australia's most exciting site-specific contemporary art festivals. Experience this community's unmatched sense of place and unique creative vision on 19 to 21 October 2018.

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Thundmentals 'Decade Of The Thundakat' Tour - Hobart

One of Australia’s most beloved Hip-Hop acts, Sydney via Blue Mountains trio Thundamentals, will celebrate their tenth anniversary in 2018 by announcing an epic national tour - Decade Of The Thundakat. Announced on Triple J’s Breakfast Show after a special Like A Version performance of Frank Ocean’s “Ivy", Decade Of The Thundakat will see Tuka, Jeswon and DJ Morgs take their revered live show across 24 regional dates nationwide in 2018.

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TSO & Katie Noonan’s Elixir Gratitude & Grief

Multi-platinum selling and four-times ARIA award-winning singer and songwriter Katie Noonan returns to the TSO with her trio Elixir and Australia’s “poet laureate” Michael Leunig. The concert will feature the new “Gratitude and Grief” collaboration between Elixir and Leunig, showcasing a unique combination of spoken word poetry, angelic vocals and sublime improvisation. With some of Elixir’s previous catalogue and a few of their favourite songs by other artists, this promises to be a truly special evening.

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TSO Brass in St David’s Cathedral

Like alchemy, the rich sounds of the TSO Brass and the spacious surrounds of St David’s Cathedral combine to deliver a concert experience of rare and resonant beauty. From honeyed horns to brilliant trumpets, ceremonial trombones to deep-toned tuba, the TSO Brass present a world of instrumental colours, each one distinct yet perfectly blended when combined as an ensemble.

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TSO Brava!

Karina Canellakis is a dynamic young conductor going places. Winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, she has been praised for her emotionally charged performances and interpretive depth. Making her debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, she conducts a variety of works, including one of the peaks of the Romantic repertoire, Mendelssohn’s spirited Italian Symphony. Another highlight is Elena Kats-Chernin’s freshly minted Piano Concerto No 3. Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Kats-Chernin’s most inspired and trusted interpreter, performs the stunning solo part.

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