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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.

The TSO is delighted to welcome artists who will be appearing with the orchestra for the first time in 2018. Among them are pianists Nelson Freire, Simon Trpčeski and Jayson Gillham; violinist Veronika Eberle; mandolin player Avi Avital; and conductors Sir Andrew Davis and up-and-coming American maestra, Karina Canellakis. British pianist Steven Osborne, also making his TSO debut, will be appearing in recital, performing works by Debussy and Prokofiev.

Building on the success of the TSO’s opera-in-concert performances of recent years –Tristan and Isolde was awarded “Best Symphony Orchestra Concert” at this year’s Helpmann Awards – the 2018 season will include Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, conducted by Marko Letonja, TSO Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, with internationally acclaimed artists Adriana Kučerová and Pavol Breslik in the title roles.

Music inspired by Shakespeare will be featured throughout the 2018 season. In addition to Roméo et Juliette, next year’s season will include Romeo Retold – a concert of Romeo-inspired works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Bernstein – together with works by Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Nikolai and others scattered throughout the year in various concerts.

Romeo Retold, in Hobart’s Federation Concert Hall on 10 October, will be a special event to mark the orchestra’s 70th anniversary. The TSO gave its first-ever concert on 25 May 1948 and two works from that concert – Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No 5 – will be performed in 2018. Next year’s season will also feature a specially commissioned 70th-anniversary work by Australian composer Melody Eötvös.

The TSO will return to Melbourne Recital Centre on 13 September for a concert featuring Schubert’s Symphony No 9, Great, and a selection of Richard Strauss’s orchestral songs sung by Siobhan Stagg. The Melbourne concert will be conducted by Johannes Fritzsch, who will be taking up the new position of TSO Principal Guest Conductor from the start of 2018.

Other concerts in 2018 include Eskimo Joe + the TSO, Katie Noonan’s Elixir: Gratitude and Grief with cartoonist Michael Leunig, and An Evening with Greta Bradman.

As always, the year will begin with RACT Symphony under the Stars, free outdoor concerts in Hobart and Launceston, next year conducted by Elena Schwarz, an alumna of the TSO’s conductor training program and this year’s Assistant Conductor.

The 2018 season will conclude with a performance of Messiah on 1 December, which will be conducted by Baroque specialist Christian Curnyn, who will be appearing with the TSO for the first time.

The TSO’s 2018 brochure will be available in hard copy and posted at www.tso.com.au on Tuesday 10 October.
Samuel Cairnduff, Director Marketing and Communications, TSO