WHAT’S your cup of tea when it comes to orchestral music?
Beethoven? Brahms? Tchaikovsky? Strauss waltzes? Concerts for families?
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra has launched its 2020 season, striking a balance, it says, between catering to diehard classical music fans, serving the needs of those who like their orchestral music on the lighter side and offering something for families and young children.
Topping the list of orchestral favourites are Vaughan Williams’ ‘The Lark Ascending’, Elgar’s Cello Concerto – with acclaimed Chinese-Australian cellist Li-Wei Qin – and Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with superstar Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski.
For anyone who’s curious about getting into classical music but not sure where to start, the TSO performs the most famous symphony of all, Beethoven’s Fifth, Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto and Dvorák’s ‘New World’ Symphony, which was voted Australia’s top symphony in a top 100 poll conducted by ABC Classic.
If you prefer your classics on the lighter side, there’s ‘Last Night of the Proms’, ‘An Evening in Vienna’ and ‘Håkan Hardenberger in Concert’.
Last Night of the Proms is based upon the London Proms model – a slightly anarchic concert of popular classics and patriotic British music with audience members often dressing for the occasion, donning a Union Jack waistcoat or tiara or kilt, or all three.
An Evening in Vienna celebrates the music of Johann Strauss, famous for his waltzes and lighthearted operettas.
Music legend Håkan Hardenberger, who’s a virtuoso trumpeter, leads a concert of music by Haydn, Prokofiev, Rodgers and Hart, and Joni Mitchell.
Opera buffs can look forward to a concert version of Verdi’s ‘La traviata’ with Pavol Breslik, one of the hottest tenors in the world today, and acclaimed Australian soprano Lorina Gore.
Do you prefer to imbibe your classical music with a craft beer in hand?
If so, TSO Live Sessions are for you.
Held in pubs, beer gardens, halls and sheds, Live Sessions mash-up a wide range of music, from Mozart to tango to Lady Gaga.
Inaugurated in 2016, TSO Live Sessions has built up a strong following and always sells out well ahead of time.
As the name suggests, Family Classics concerts cater to those with children.
Held at the family-friendly time of 6pm and lasting about an hour, Family Classics concerts offer music, storytelling and great pre-concert activities for kids.
For the very young – toddlers and pre-schoolers – there’s Mini TSO, where young ones get to sing, clap, dance, sway and maybe even conduct the orchestra.
If you’re a full-time student, you can buy a TSO student pass for $35, giving you access to all TSO concerts in 2020, subject to availability (some exclusions apply).
For full details of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 season and to buy tickets, visit tso.com.au.
Photo credit: Brad Harris.