Classical music under the stars

GATHER family and friends, pack a picnic basket and prepare to be serenaded as the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra presents “RACT Symphony Under the Stars” at Tolosa Park on Saturday 18 February from 7pm.

A highlight of Tasmania’s summer calendar, this year’s event will showcase classical music performances by conductor Jessica Cottis and saxophonist Amy Dickson.

A former assistant conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Ms Cottis is a guest conductor for major orchestras in the United Kingdom, including the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Sydney-born Amy Dickson has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award and has released five critically acclaimed recordings on the Sony label.

Ms Dickson is at the forefront of bringing the saxophone to a wider audience and has performed at many of the world’s leading classical music venues, including the Sydney Opera House and London’s Royal Albert Hall.

This year’s playlist includes popular orchestral hits such as Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance and the rousing finale to Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, along with music from Carmen and Henry Mancini’s Moon River.

The compere for the night is Hobart radio presenter, actor, writer and master of ceremonies Ryk Goddard.

Food and drink will be available for purchase and TSO Friends will be conducting a fundraising raffle with a range of prizes up for grabs.

Limited parking is available on site and a free shuttle bus service will operate between the Glenorchy Bus Interchange and Tolosa Park, with the first bus departing the Interchange at 5.30pm.

Picnickers should be prepared for all weather conditions and, in the event of rain, should consult the TSO website, TSO Facebook page and 936 ABC Hobart for event updates.

RACT Symphony under the Stars is a free event for all the family

Caption: 2017 picnickers are in for a treat when the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Symphony Under the Stars at Glenorchy’s Tolosa Park on 18 February.

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