Mini TSO, a 15-piece touring ensemble drawn from the TSO, will perform works that explore space travel in all its forms, from fireworks soaring through the night sky – cue Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks – to the intergalactic adventures of the Star Wars movies.
Threading the music and storytelling together will be Tasmanian actress and radio personality, Jane Longhurst.
Two core activities have also been created to fully engage the school children and link the concert with the science, history, literacy and art curricula.
The first is an art activity where the school students have been asked to make their own Voyager Golden Record with a decorated covering of aluminium foil. Like the original NASA Voyager records, these aim to represent a time capsule which contains information about the diversity of life and culture on planet Earth.
The second activity invites the children to write to an extra-terrestrial being, telling them about who they are. A competition will be run for the best entries in both categories.
The concerts will be attended by children from Port Dalrymple School, Star of the Sea Catholic College, Beaconsfield Primary School, South George Town Primary School, Exeter Primary School and Bridport Primary School.