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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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Twelve Times He Spoke

PRESENTED BY BLUE COW THEATRE, IN ASSOCIATION WITH TASMANIA PERFORMS AND GUY HOOPER This is real, honest, intimate theatre. It begins simply enough, mapping the twists and turns of one man’s unremarkable life. But the course he has charted is not the one that unfolds, and he ends up in places – some quite dark – that were never part of his plan. The fortunes, mishaps, and joys of his years provide a life-long reminder that happiness and comfort can be found in the seemingly insignificant. That the unremarkable can in fact grow to something rich and rare. Featuring the effervescent words of multiaward winner Finegan Kruckemeyer, the quicksilver direction of cutting-edge Sydney artist Ben Winspear, and the visceral acting mastery of Guy Hooper, this is a production that demands superlatives. Starring: Guy Hooper Playwright: Finegan Kruckemeyer Director: Ben Winspear *Performed at the Theatre Royal Backspace

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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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ZEB - A Gender Odyssey

PRESENTED BY TASMANIA PERFORMS A surprisingly emotional cabaret, based in truth. If you’re not sure if you’re a man, or a woman, how do you survive when the world expects you to tick just one box? Based in truth, ZEB- A Gender Odyssey is a surprisingly emotional cabaret. Performing with glamour and style, Zeb Direen sits elegantly on the tipping point of perceived masculinity and femininity. After years serving in smelly old footwear, Zeb, ‘retail assistant extraordinaire’, is promoted to homewares and is now a pillow and quilt expert. Zeb also uses ‘they’ and ‘them’, instead of ‘he’ or ‘she’ when describing themself. They just want to find where they belong… or escape into their favourite musical numbers for solace and reprieve. Using comedy and storytelling, and accompanied by the incredible Amanda Hodder on the piano, Zeb – A Gender Odyssey is a heartfelt exploration of what it takes to thrive in a world defined by the expectations of others. Writer/Performer: Zeb Direen Dramaturg: Peter Matheson Director: Philip Channells Designer: Jill Munro Accompanist: Amanda Hodder *Performed at the Theatre Royal Backspace

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ZERO

‘Zero is the beginning.’ Major artworks from the ZERO movement, shown together in Australia for the first time. These artists dreamed of an exhibition on the moon. Perhaps Tassie is as close (or far) as they are going to get. 9 June 2018–22 April 2019

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