World renowned violinist to join Tasmania Symphony Orchestra performance

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra returns to the Burnie Arts & Function Centre on Saturday 17 August 2013 at 7.30pm.

This year’s performance by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra promises to delight with the orchestra including world renowned violinist Baiba Skride and conductor Marko Letonja.

The program for this concert will leave you wanting more, including: Mozart’s The Magic Flute Overture and Symphony No 39; Britten’s Violin Concerto, a powerful and emotional work from the late 1930’s written in response to a world on the brink of war; and a new work by Schultz, commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, pays homage to Britten.

Deputy Mayor Sandra French said, “We are thrilled to be able to welcome the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra back to Burnie to present this beautiful program, including an exciting world premiere. This will be a night of exceptional music with an incredible artist.

This show is a must see for all music lovers.”

Since winning the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in 2001, Latvian born violinist, Baiba Skride, has performed with the world's leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic and London's Philharmonia Orchestra. The Conductor, Marko Letonja, is the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as well as the Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.

For more than six decades the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra has been at the forefront of concert life in Tasmania. The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra was established in 1948 and declared a Tasmanian Icon in 1998. In recent years the symphony has performed at City Recital Hall Angel Place in Sydney, Melbourne Recital Centre and the Adelaide Festival as well as internationally in North and South America, Greece, Israel, South Korea, China, Indonesia and Japan.

Burnie Arts & Function Centre Director, Geoff Dobson said, “Baiba Skride’s involvement in this performance makes it all the more special. She has a way of communicating so naturally through her violin which instantly engages the listener's emotions. She is truly a force of nature, which audiences don’t often experience in such vivid close-up.”

For ticket information, please contact the box office 6430 5850 (Mon - Fri. 9am - 5pm) or visit

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728