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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 Peter and the Wolf

For generations, Peter and the Wolf has introduced children to the instruments of the orchestra. The genius of Prokofiev’s symphonic fairy tale is that it wears its learning lightly. Inspired music and compelling storytelling add up to a captivating experience and, along the way, you happen to learn the distinctive tone colours of the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horns, strings and timpani. It’s time for the next generation of Tasmanian youngsters to come to know this classic! In the storyteller’s chair is the charismatic Ryk Goddard; on the conductor’s podium is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Marko Letonja. Recommended for children aged 6 and above.

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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 Tchaikovsky’s Sixth

Few orchestral works are as moving as Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, which rises from the depths, soars to tremendous heights and slowly and gently fades into nothingness. It seems to contain within its four movements a lifetime’s worth of experiences. The fact that Tchaikovsky died within days of conducting the first performance adds to this extraordinary work’s uncanny mystique. Internationally renowned pianist Simon Trpčeski makes his debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 2, a remarkable fusion of concerto and symphonic form by one of music’s most original artists. Equally innovative is Berlioz’s dramatic symphony Roméo et Juliette, the “Love Scene” from which sets the tone for this emotionally charged concert.

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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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