Uniting AgeWell and TSO launch partnership

Uniting AgeWell and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) launched their new partnership with a TSO duo performance at Queenborough Rise Community last week.

Cellist Sophie Radke and flutist Katie Zagorski entertained the audience with flawless renditions, including some pieces by world-renowned 18th century composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

More than 90 residents of the aged care facility and independent living units, along with family and friends, including children, packed out the lounge for the event.

Queenborough Rise Manager Integrated Services, Kim Gabriel, said the performance was a resounding success.

“It was lovely to see so many residents, families and friends enjoying the performance,” she said.

In the audience were two women who attended the very first TSO performance in 1948.

Valda Hayley, who lives in independent living at Queenborough Rise, saw the first TSO concert with her future husband, Paul, when she was just 17 years old.  The pair, a violinist and pianist, regularly attended TSO performances over the ensuing decades.

Queenborough Rise Community resident Elizabeth “Midge” Jack was also at the first performance.  Midge’s father brought the 14-year-old violinist along to almost every performance in the early years, and paid for her subscription.

General Manager Tasmania, Jane Johnston, said Uniting AgeWell was proud to partner with an organisation that entertained so many for decades.

“As we learned on Monday, many of our clients have attended TSO performances, and have been in awe of the highly respected and talented musicians for many years,” Jane said.

“This partnership will ensure that beautiful music continues to be a part of their lives.” 

TSO Managing Director Nicholas Heyward said he was delighted to welcome Uniting AgeWell to its portfolio of corporate partners.  

Uniting AgeWell is sponsoring a Matinee Series concert Clair de Lune, Saturday, 25 August.  For more information about the show, visit the TSO website.