Sunday 27 September, 7pm
The Discovery String Orchestra
Nolan Gallery, Mona
$30/$25 + booking fee

Sunday 18 October, 7pm
The Discovery String Orchestra with percussion
Nolan Gallery, Mona
$30/$25 + booking fee

Whet your classical appetite with local Tasmanian talent as The Discovery Orchestra returns to Mona’s Nolan Gallery for two separate performances in September and October. Directed by Peter Tanfield, The Discovery Orchestra brings together skilled musicians from the Hobart community—including members of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra—to perform complex works traversing themes as diverse as Elizabethan fantasy to 20th Century minimalism.

Sunday 27 September will see the full string orchestra tackle three compositions from Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Frank Martin and Benjamin Britten. Twenty-four string players will perform Vaughan-Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis. Divided into parts, the beloved 20th Century work builds and echoes in on itself to resemble an Elizabethan ‘fantasy’. Frank Martin’s religious homage Polyptyque will be performed by solo violin and two small string orchestras, whilst the full orchestra will return for Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge Op.10.

Sunday 18 October will expand to include percussion to perform works by Arvo Pärt, Igor Stravinsky and Béla Bartók. Arvo Pärt pioneered contemporary minimalist style (alongside Henryk Górecki, John Tavener) to become the most performed composer in the world. The Discovery Orchestra will take on Fratres II for solo violin, strings and percussion. Stravinsky’s ballet score, Apollo, was first performed in the roaring ’20s with costumes by Coco Chanel. The Discovery Orchestra brings the two tableaux to life at Mona. The final piece the local group will perform is Bartók’s Divertimento, the last piece the composer wrote before fleeing Hungary to the USA amidst the growing turmoil in Europe before the onset of World War II.

These seminal works will be given The Discovery Orchestra twist as the community ensemble serves up two nights of classical fare.

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