Our dedicated Hobart Cancerians Committee members this year celebrated their Valentine’s Day with a difference, putting the champagne & chocolates aside to raise vital funds for cancer research.
Following much success in 2009, members of the Foundation’s Hobart Cancerian Committee again collected donations in support of cancer research at one of the most looked forward to events on the Hobart social calendar, the free outdoor concert performance by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO).
“It is just a wonderful night where families and friends gather, pack a picnic hamper and settle down for a night of great music in the great outdoors. Patrons enjoyed some wonderful music and contributed to cancer research all at the same time”, said committee president Gillian Groom, after the event.
“It was a fantastic night performance wise, and weather wise, and we collected more than $2500 for cancer research from the capacity crowd, which is double what we made last year!”
A versatile orchestra, the TSO is renowned for its expertise in music of the Classical and early Romantic periods. It is equally at home playing jazz, popular music and light classics, and is also recognized internationally as a champion of Australian music.
This year’s featured artists included Conductor Marc Taddei, Soprano Jacqueline Porter and host Tim Cox and the program featured Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”, “Overture Borodin”, “Polovtsian Dances”, “Massenet Meditation” from “Thaïs”, “Sibelius Finlandia” as well as popular tunes “The Laughing Song”, “Vilja”, and “My Favorite Things”.
The Hobart Cancerians also catered for the supper needs of the 50 strong Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra after their performance.
When asked about the possibility of an encore appearance in 2011, Gillian responded “We are already writing a letter asking if we can do the same at next year’s show. It is a great night as many Tasmanians now agree summer just wouldn’t be summer without the annual B&E Symphony under the Stars.”
In the past the Hobart Cancerians have held a variety of successful events in support of cancer research including a highly successful Errol Flynn movie fundraiser, beautiful cruise along the Derwent River to Peppermint Bay, drinks at Tasmania’s Parliament House, as well as a number of cocktail parties (including one honouring 2006 Australian Of The Year Professor Ian Frazer) and scenic train trips.
The next big event to be hosted by the Hobart Cancerians will be a “Madhatter’s Tea Party.”
For more information regarding the Hobart Cancerians Committee, please contact Jeannie Taranto on 0407 876 713