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Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Synaesthesia+


A TSO wind group performing Matthew Hindson’s Resonance.

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, TSO Chorus and a whole host of solo artists took up residence in Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) over the weekend of 16-17 August for Synaesthesia+, a riot of music, colour and movement.

Curated by Simon Rogers and Brian Ritchie, Synaesthesia+ presented the world premiere of Matthew Hindson’s specially commissioned orchestral work Resonance; performances of György Ligeti’s Violin Concerto, conducted by Marko Letonja and featuring Richard Tognetti as soloist; and Brett Dean’s Carlo, among many other works by Australian and international composers. TSO musicians also took part in chamber music performances.

Lighting design was crucial to the event and some of the performances were lit by acclaimed audio-visual artist Robin Fox.

Synaesthesia+ was a follow-up to the TSO’s hugely successful Synaesthesia: Music of Colour and Mind, which was held at MONA in 2012.