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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 Sound of Music

The hills are alive once more! Celebrating their 10th Anniversary, the world’s favourite musical comes to the Princess Theatre in November 2018 with a dazzling new production from Encore Theatre Company, the team that brought you Wicked, Mary Poppins and The Phantom of the Opera. One of the greatest musicals of all time returns to the stage in a magnificent new production to enchant the young and the young at heart. This wonderfully lavish new staging tells the true story of Maria and the world-famous von Trapp singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their thrilling escape to freedom at the start of WWll. The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on screen and stage, including Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, So Long Farewell, and of course, The Sound of Music.

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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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Treasure Island

Treasure Island is a stage adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel about pirates. Come meet Long John Silver and his talking parrot. Fun and adventure for all the family. Kids dressed up as pirates welcome.

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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 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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TSO Clair de Lune

Australian lyric soprano Siobhan Stagg has been showered with praise worldwide: “spellbinding”, “intensely emotional”, “miraculous”. She brings her artistry to a selection of songs by Gabriel Fauré, a composer whose mélodies have been likened to rare and precious jewels. Debussy’s ravishing Clair de lune provides a further gem. Mozart’s Symphony No 40 in G minor, his next-to-last symphony, has long held its place as one of the great works of the repertoire. Less well known is Mozart’s emotion-filled concert aria, “Misera, dove son…Ah! non son io”, a tour de force for a singer of Siobhan Stagg’s stature.

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TSO Fauré Requiem

In Gabriel Fauré’s setting of the Requiem, the soul journeys from this life to the next on wings of most glorious song. Quiet and reflective, the Fauré Requiem eschews the fire and brimstone dramatics of many settings of the Mass for the Dead and instead offers music that soothes and consoles. With its comforting mood and ravishingly beautiful episodes, it is no surprise that this is one of the most beloved of all works for choir and orchestra. Accompanying the Requiem is a new work by Australian composer Melody Eötvös. Commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the new composition takes up the Shakespeare theme of the TSO’s 70th-anniversary season.

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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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