The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is the largest professional performing arts organisation in Tasmania. The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra was established as such in 1948 as a result of a partnership between the state government, the Hobart and Launceston city councils and the Australian Broadcasting Commission. The Tasmania Orchestra (Agreement ) Act of 1948 made provision for an orchestra of 24 full-time members that could be augmented to 31 players for 'concerts at popular prices, and further augmented for the presentation of subscription concerts'.
Today the TSO has a full-time playing strength of 47 musicians. The orchestra’s core repertoire is that of the classical period, however, it is also recognised for promoting contemporary music.
The orchestra presents annual concert series in Hobart and Launceston as well as concerts in regional centres. The TSO regularly travels to mainland Australia and has performed in Greece, Israel, Indonesia, South Korea, China, Argentina, Canada and the United States of America.
The TSO has performed numerous premieres of Australian works and given first Australian performances of European works. It records regular radio broadcasts as well as compact discs and soundtracks for television and film.
The TSO provides an education program and collaborates extensively on a range of programs with Symphony Australia, the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Australian Music Centre.
Further information can be found on the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra web site at http://www.tso.com.au.