Stellar night under the stars for music lovers

GATHER family and friends, pack a picnic basket and settle in for a night of classic tunes at Tolosa Park as the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) presents the 2016 Symphony under the Stars.

A highlight of the Tasmanian summer cultural calendar, this year’s event on Saturday 13 February will feature dazzling soprano Amelia Farrugia singing best-loved numbers from Italian opera, including arias from Verdi’s “La traviata” and Puccini’s “La bohème”.

One of Australia’s favourite sopranos, Farrugia has performed across the country and at prestigious international events including Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the United Kingdom, Spoleto Festival in Italy, and the Beijing Arts Festival.

This will be her first appearance at RACT Symphony under the Stars.

Titled “That’s Amore”, the event is a nod to Italian-themed music, with popular hits such as the “Triumphal March” from Giuseppe Verdi’s grand opera Aida, the “William Tell” overture and “Capriccio Italien” by Tchaikovsky all earning a share of the spotlight.

The concert will be conducted by Benjamin Northey and compered by ABC radio personality Ryk Goddard.

The family-friendly event is free of charge. Food and drink will be available for purchase on the night and TSO Friends will be conducting a raffle with a variety of great prizes on offer.

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 will be held on Saturday 13 September at Tolosa Park, Glenorchy, commencing at 7pm.

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