HOTA’s Concert for the Planet, a moment in musical time not to be missed

In celebration of Earth Hour on Saturday March 24, HOTA, Home of the Arts will present an evening of discovery and symphonic experience.

A free musical event, Concert for the Planet will transform the parkland into a live music soundscape, with musicians from all over the world taking part via a worldwide livestream.

The Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, extended to include over 100 local musicians, will perform Holst’s The Planets under the baton of conductor Lachlan Snow. Fittingly, the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra is the first full orchestra to perform on the recently launched state-of-the-art $37.5 million outdoor stage.

This spectacular concert will be live-streamed globally and with the help of innovative technology, such as the Conductor-Cam, musicians and communities will be able to join in and play along during the performance.

Following the free Tim Minchin concert this Saturday March 17 which officially launches the HOTA Outdoor Program, the performance on March 24 is the second-ever Concert for the Planet following the first in 2015 in Sydney.

“This is going to be a brilliant moment in musical time, with an extraordinary repertoire in Holst’s The Planets,” said HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke.

“We’re inviting music lovers of all ages to bring a picnic to enjoy a truly memorable evening under the stars!”

Activity begins from 5pm with sustainable and environmentally focused community and art stalls, visual art installations by Gold Coast favourites Clayton Blake and Guy Cooper, and performance and interactive art activities including dancing, drumming, children’s activities and more.

HOTA has partnered with the Global Orchestra Foundation in a commitment to make positive change for the future.

In response to Earth Hour attendees are asked to bring reusable water bottles and make use of the free water stations around the venue, carpool or use public transport to get to the event and to use the recycling services available on-site or take rubbish home for appropriate disposal.

The main concert will start at 7.30pm (AEST) and the performance will conclude at the start of Earth Hour 2018 in Queensland.

The lights will be turned down, and guests are asked to bring a torch to assist in exiting the venue safely.

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