23 October 2023
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has unveiled its awe-inspiring 2024 concert season, designed to bring joy and captivate audiences through exquisite and diverse experiences.
Chief Executive Officer Caroline Sharpen said regardless of what the orchestra performed or where they played, she hoped every performance would be a special, emotion-filled adventure.
“Whether it’s our full orchestra featuring an international virtuoso, intimate chamber music at Woolmers, an Obscura performance at the Odeon, or a Live Sessions pub-style gig in a theatre in Queenstown, experiencing the TSO live is joyous,” Ms Sharpen said.
Minister for the Arts, Madeleine Ogilvie MP, enthusiastically endorsed the orchestra’s 2024 season, celebrating the infusion of creativity and culture into the Tasmanian community.
"The Government is thrilled to invest in Tasmania's orchestra and deliver a glorious musical experience to enrich the lives of children, families, and individuals around the state," Minister Ogilvie said.
Ms Sharpen said the range of musical experiences had expanded this year, together with the TSO’s presence around Tasmania.
“The 2024 season includes unique events like a concert of video game music and high-energy performances with home-grown superstars The Wolfe Brothers, who will join the full orchestra in Hobart and Launceston.”
Tom and Nick Wolfe will play songs from their extensive 10-year catalogue with the TSO, as well as brand-new releases.
Nick Wolfe said he was stoked to be playing with Tassie’s orchestra.
“We’re thrilled to be sharing the stage with the TSO in 2024,” Mr Wolfe said.
“They’re not your typical backing band; we’re super-excited by the prospect of joining forces with the TSO to celebrate home-grown music-making in Tassie.
Ms Sharpen said this season, there’s something for the most seasoned music-lover, the whole family and anyone wanting to try something new.
“Our Animal Kingdom Family Concert is sure to thrill, a chance to dress up in animal costumes and enjoy a wild world premiere by a Tasmanian composer,” she said.
“We’re also excited our unique chamber music experiences will be held at Woolmers Estate in Longford again, with six exquisite concerts throughout the year.
“Scat singer Olivia Chindamo’s TSO debut and a solo piece from our Principal Cello Jonathan Békés will be highlights of the popular 6pm Series, featuring four concerts catering to the demand for early-evening, short-format performances.
“The TSO’s ever-popular Obscura series is also returning with three concerts, and TSO Live Sessions – laid-back performances in craft breweries, sheds and other non-traditional venues – performs around the state.
“Our signature Federation Concert Hall series with the orchestra in full flight playing all the greats and the future classics, with world-renowned musicians and conductors, including our outstanding Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Eivind Aadland.
“We’re delighted to welcome back artists who have forged a relationship with us over the years, including pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk, chorus director Simon Halsey, and violinist Karen Gomyo and for the first time violinist Clara-Jumi Kang, South Korean conductor Shiyeon Shung and the exquisite blind Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii.
“Eivind Aadland has ensured Australian/Tasmanian composers will also be prominent throughout the 2024 season, and we’re looking forward to performing new works by Jabra Latham and Maria Grenfell.”
As Tasmania's orchestra, we are delighted to invite you to our 2024 program.
When you look through the season concerts, each one brimming with artistry and energy, you'll see one thing lies at the heart of all Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra concerts: joy.