THE Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra had ‘big, busy and successful year of exceptional music-making’ during 2017, beginning with a highly successful nine-concert tour of the Chinese provinces of Jiangsu, Fujian and Shanghai, and ending with three concerts showcasing the outstanding talent within the orchestra’s ranks as three relatively new TSO principals were featured as soloists.
An opportunity to inspire and engage women conductors
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra announces another conductor training opportunity, with a focus on female conductors.
Richard Tognetti, Joseph Tawadros and the Australian Chamber Orchestra bring their unique blend of musical alchemy to Hobart this Mother’s Day, May 13
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra returns to George Town on Tasmania’s North-East coast this Friday, March 23 to perform a concert entitled Mozart’s Magic Flute for students from schools in the surrounding areas.
The TSO announces that the largest masterclass event ever undertaken by the orchestra will take place in Launceston on Saturday, 14 April. Selected students aged 25 and under from the North and Northwest of Tasmania will have the opportunity to participate in 16 individual masterclasses, each lead by a world-class musician from the TSO, with up to 6 participants per class.
Nicholas Heyward, long serving Managing Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, today announces that he will step down at the end of 2018, the conclusion of his current contract.
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra today announces a new corporate partnership with leading aged care provider Uniting AgeWell. The partnership will include Uniting AgeWell’s sponsorship of TSO Matinee Series concert Clair de Lune, Saturday August 22nd.
Lively, invigorating and captivating, the first TSO Live Sessions for the year will feature a chamber-sized TSO ensemble performing Bach, bluegrass, tango, Mozart and more, and will showcase the brilliant talents of the TSO’s string section, featuring soloists Miranda Carson and Hayato Simpson. ABC Hobart’s Melanie Tait will compere.
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with University of Tasmania (UTAS), will host The Australian Conducting Academy Summer School Thursday 25 January –Friday 2 February, 2018. The course will take place at the TSO and UTAS Conservatorium of Music.
For two nights only, the Violent Femmes will take their acoustic punk-rock and work with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra to reimagine it as a full orchestra experience.
The TSO today releases a second and final show in the Federation Concert Hall with iconic Australian band Eskimo Joe for Friday 11 May 2018. The first date, Saturday 12 May, sold out in record time, over 5 months before the performance date.
TSO FOUNDATION DIRECTOR JANICE WILSON-FOSTER SELECTED AS TOP FUNDRAISING CONSULTANT OF THE YEAR BY THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TOP PROFESSIONALS (IAOTP)
TSO Foundation Director Janice Wilson-Foster has been selected as Top Fundraising Consultant of the Year or 2017 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP), for her outstanding leadership in business and as an outstanding entrepreneur. Janice will receive the award in person at IAOTP’s Annual Award Gala which will take place in New York, Saturday December 16th 2017 at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park.
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra this week announced the four composers, selected from 55 applicants, who will take part in the 2018-19 TSO Australian Composers’ School. The successful applicants are Holly Harrison (Sydney), Mark Holdsworth (Perth), Ella Macens (Sydney) and Harry Sdraulig (Sydney).
Some of classical music’s most electrifying and accessible works will be featured in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 season. These include Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5, Emperor, Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Other popular favourites include Grieg’s Peer Gynt and the Fauré Requiem.
INDIE ROCK ICONS ESKIMO JOE ANNOUNCE 12 MAY HOBART SHOW WITH TSO
Iconic indie rock band Eskimo Joe hits Hobart for a show at Federation Concert Hall May 12, 2018 as part of their 21st birthday celebrations, with the full backing of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
The TSO is committed to providing opportunities for every Tasmanian to experience world-class orchestral music, live in the concert hall. To further this goal, the AccessTix program was introduced in 2011 through a unique partnership originally developed between the TSO and Hydro Tasmania, later expanded in 2017 through the participation of the Allport Bequest, to enable Tasmanians experiencing disadvantage to have special access to complimentary concert tickets.
The name Antonio Stradivari is synonymous with the violin-making; the seventeenth century craftsman’s are widely regarded as the world’s best. It is a lesser known fact that he made other instruments and his very first viola, handmade by the legendary instrument maker in 1672, will be played in Hobart September 29 by celebrated French violist Antoine Tamestit, making his debut with The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in the concert ‘Harold in Italy’.
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra will spend a day working side by side with members of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra during the TSO Big Rehearsal this Saturday August 26th. An annual event, the TSO Big Rehearsal provides the ultimate orchestral experience for talented young musicians of the TYO to team up with a TSO player for a full day of rehearsal in the TSO’s Hobart base, Federation Concert Hall.
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed concert performance of Tristan und Isolde featuring Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton was awarded ‘Best Symphony Orchestra Concert’ at the 17th Annual Helpmann Awards held in Sydney on Monday night…
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra is collaborating with staff, volunteers and inmates from Risdon Prison on a unique creative writing and performance project, Convict Monologues. Over the course of ten months inmates will research, write and perform a series of monologues inspired by the life and times of convicts from the age of early Australian colonisation, exploring how they overcame adversity and forged successful lives in Tasmania post transportation…
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra was last night included in the list of nominees for the 17th Annual Helpmann Awards in the category ‘Best Symphony Orchestra Concert’ for its acclaimed concert performance of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde…
The TSO and Victorian Opera launched a new multi-year collaboration during Dark Mofo 2017, with 3 performances of Respighi’s The Sleeping Beauty at the Theatre Royal, Hobart on June 10 and 11. Funded by the Australia Council for the Arts to enable Victorian Opera to present opera projects with the TSO in Tasmania, the relationship will span at least the next 4 years…
FATHER AND SON TEAM PERFORM ALL FOUR PIANO CONCERTOS BY SERGEI RACHMANINOV
In what can only be described as a mammoth undertaking, pianist Howard Shelley will perform the complete piano concertos of Sergei Rachmaninov under the baton of his son, conductor Alexander Shelley, with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in two landmark concerts in Hobart on 13 and 15 July…
The Australian Ballet will bring romance to Tasmania when it presents the quintessential Romantic ballet Giselle at the Princess Theatre, Launceston June 28 and Theatre Royal, Hobart June 30 to July 1. The Tasmanian performances of this critically acclaimed production, also touring regional Victoria and New South Wales, will feature the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s 2015 recording of Giselle, made specifically for The Australian Ballet…
TSO Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Marko Letonja continues to build his stellar reputation as one of the world’s leading conductors of opera…
TSO AND UTAS COME TOGETHER TO HOLD NATIONAL CONDUCTING ACADEMY
With the aim of fostering new musical talent, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and UTAS will host a National Conducting Academy Summer School in Hobart to ensure future musical leaders get the best possible opportunity to learn how to conduct an orchestra…
RACT TO BECOME TSO PRINCIPAL PARTNER
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra today announced that the RACT, one of the orchestra’s long-time corporate partners, will step up to the role of Principal Partner, effective from the start of 2017…
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra today announced that Johannes Fritzsch will take up the position of Principal Guest Conductor with the orchestra from the start of 2018, the first such appointment in the TSO’s history…
THE Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra finished 2016 on a high note, with a successful tour to China underway, increased subscriber numbers and a modest financial surplus.
Forty-three years is a long time in any job, but when that job involves playing bass trombone in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, it’s an occupation that has brought a wealth of memorable experiences.