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2018 Performances


 4:30pm Saturday 20 January 2018 – MONA
3:15pm Sunday 21 January 2018 - MONA

HARRY EINHORN Seven Line Supplication to Guru Rinpoche
GABRIEL JACKSON Our Flags are wafting in hope and grief
ILONA RUPAINE In darkness I was taken away as a bride
GEORGE HANDEL Their bodies are buried in peace
MISSY MAZZOLI Vesper Sparrow
YSAYE BARNWELL Would you Harbor me?


2:30pm Saturday 17 March 2018 – Federation Concert Hall, Hobart

GULDA Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra
GRIEG Peer Gynt, abridged

“Morning”, “In the Hall of the Mountain King”, “Anitra’s Dance”…few works contain so many memorable tunes as Peer Gynt. Originally written to accompany Ibsen’s phantasmagorical drama Peer Gynt, Grieg’s incidental music is usually heard in shortened form in an orchestral suite. This concert presents a specially abridged version of Grieg’s entire score, including the rarely heard music for vocal soloists and chorus.

When pianist Friedrich Gulda wasn’t making a name for himself as one of the great Mozart and Beethoven interpreters of the last century, he was indulging his passion for jazz. Gulda’s Cello Concerto, which was written for legendary cellist Heinrich Schiff, is an extraordinary mash-up of big band, brass band and Austrian folk music. It also includes some amazing cello riffs. Sue-Ellen Paulsen lets fly as soloist.


7:30pm Saturday 21 April 2018 – Federation Concert Hall

SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 2
MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night's Dream

Mendelssohn grew up in a literature-loving household. Goethe was a friend of the family and the works of Shakespeare were known and loved. Mendelssohn’s miraculous music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream captures the lightness and grace, heartache and humour of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy. Hear it in full in this enchanting concert.

Mendelssohn’s mercurial “fairy music” finds an echo in the feather-light middle movement of Saint-Saëns’ delectable Piano Concerto No 2. The outer movements offer high drama and dazzling pianism. The brilliant Howard Shelley appears in the dual role of conductor and soloist.


7:30pm Friday 22 June 2018 – Federation Concert Hall

ARVO PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel
HENRYK GÓRECKI Piano Concerto No. 2
ARVO PÄRT Berliner Messe
HENRYK GÓRECKI Kleines Requiem für eine Polka

Timeless masterpieces from Baltic Europe, including Arvo Pärt’s heartfelt take on the centuries-old sacred choral tradition of the mass.

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7:30pm Saturday 4 August 2018 – Federation Concert Hall

FAURÉ Suite from Maspues et bergamasques, Op. 112
MELODY EÖTVÖS Ruler of the Hive
FAURÉ Requiem

In Gabriel Fauré’s setting of the Requiem, the soul journeys from this life to the next on wings of most glorious song. Quiet and reflective, the Fauré Requiem eschews the fire and brimstone dramatics of many settings of the Mass for the Dead and instead offers music that soothes and consoles. With its comforting mood and ravishingly beautiful episodes, it is no surprise that this is one of the most beloved of all works for choir and orchestra.

Accompanying the Requiem is a new work by Australian composer Melody Eötvös. Commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the new composition takes up the Shakespeare theme of the TSO’s 70th-anniversary season.

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7:30pm Saturday 20 October 2018 – Federation Concert Hall

GOUNOD Roméo 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!

Concert performance. Sung in French with surtitles.

Presented in association with Victorian Opera.

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7:30pm Saturday 1 Dececmber 2018 – Federation Concert Hall

HANDEL 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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 2pm Saturday 8 Dececmber 2018 – Cygnet Town Hall
2pm Sunday 9 December - Campbell Town Hall

HANDEL Messiah on Tour

The 60-strong TSO Chorus performs an abridged version of Handel’s much loved oratorio. Not only do you get to hear dazzling choruses – such as the ‘Hallelujah’ chorus and ‘For Unto Us a Child is Born’ – but also solo numbers adapted for chorus, such as ‘I Know that My Redeemer Liveth’. Backed by a string quartet and organ, the hour-long concert offers a substantial slice of everyone’s favourite seasonal entertainment.

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