Virtuosi Tasmania celebrate two composers

Wednesday, 05 September 2012

Virtuosi Tasmania presents a concert of fine chamber music written by two Viennese composers, great friends and musical contemporaries in the early 19th Century at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery on Sunday 9 September at 2pm.

Deputy Mayor Sandra French said, “Virtuosi Tasmania is made up of members from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and was established to give their members an opportunity to express their individuality in a way that is often impossible when they are one voice in the large orchestral machine.

“Virtuosi Tasmania performs throughout the year in unusual and interesting locations throughout Tasmania, including heritage homes, shearing sheds, apple sheds, limestone caves, vineyards and art galleries.”

Director of the Burnie Arts & Function Centre and Burnie Regional Art Gallery Greg Leong said, “The concert will be performed by diverse ensembles from every section of the orchestra including percussion duos, string and wind groups, and all the way through to a very popular tuba quartet.”

The pieces chosen for this concert are from two composers, Johann Nepomuk Hummel and Franz Peter Schubert.

Hummel was a famous piano virtuoso, composer and teacher who successfully performed regularly throughout Europe as well as holding a number of important musical posts in his lifetime. Although Hummel died famous, with a lasting posthumous reputation apparently secure, his music was quickly forgotten with the onrush of the romantic period.

Schubert on the other hand, in his lifetime was almost completely unknown outside of a small group of admirers. Yet today Schubert is considered to be one of the greatest composers of chamber music.

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