Swansong

8 November
Federation Concert Hall
Hobart

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9 November
Albert Hall
Launceston

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ARTISTS

Marko Letonja conductor

Sue-Ellen Paulsen cello

PROGRAM

SCHUMANN Manfred, Overture

RESPIGHI Adagio con variazioni

TCHAIKOVSKY Pezzo capriccioso

SAINT-SAËNS Carnival of the Animals, The Swan

SCHUMANN Symphony No 2

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THE PERFORMANCE

Doyenne of Australian cellists, Sue-Ellen Paulsen appears as soloist in golden-hued works by Respighi and Tchaikovsky in these, her farewell solo performances with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Fittingly, her swansong with the TSO includes one of the most ravishing of all cello pieces, Saint-Saëns’ ‘The Swan’.

Music by Schumann frames the concert. The Manfred Overture roils with Romantic fervour while the Second Symphony, which is in the bright key of C major, blazes with hearty, life-affirming glory. Celebratory finales hardly come more joyous than this! On the podium is Marko Letonja, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Conductor Laureate.

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"Doyenne of Australian cellists, Sue-Ellen Paulsen bows out from the TSO in golden-hued works by Respighi, Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saëns."

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