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The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in 2018

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This year’s Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra program has something for everyone, from budding enthusiast to virtuoso. Here’s just a few performances to whet your appetite.

Everyone’s favourite Peruvian bear is in town at the end of March, as Paddington Bear’s First Concert takes place at Hobart’s Federation Concert Hall. Narrated by Jane Longhurst, the performance is recommended for children aged six and above.

In April, internationally-acclaimed Australian pianist Jayson Gillham will travel to the north and south of Tasmania as he makes his debut with the TSO in Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto.

Contemporary music buffs will need to be quick to secure a seat in the Federation Concert Hall in May, as indie rock band Eskimo Joe gets the full backing of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. One of the two Hobart shows is already sold out.

Also in May, the Australian Chamber Orchestra returns in its first Hobart mainstage performance in 20 years. Joined by Richard Tognetti and Joseph Tawadros audiences will experience Vivaldi’s Four Seasons interspersed with a selection of original works.

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An Evening With Greta Bradman is just one of the first-rate performances gracing Launceston this year. Settle in as Greta sings much loved arias from the world of opera including Carmen, Lakmé and Il trovatore.

Art forms collide in September, as ARIA award-winning Katie Noonan returns to the TSO with her trio Elixir. A collaboration with cartoonist Michael Leunig will combine spoken word poetry, vocals and improvisation.

As the end of the year (and the holiday season) draws closer you can get into the spirit with the TSO as it performs the classic Christmas tale, The Nutcracker in November.

Finishing 2018 on a high note, the TSO presents Handel’s Messiah in December. Offering hope, comfort and joy, the immortal oratorio has got it all – beautiful solos, stirring choruses and majestic orchestral writing.

Click here to explore the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s full 2018 program.