Trombonist Rob Clark, who joined the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as Principal Bass Trombone in September 1974, will be retiring from the orchestra after The True Romanticsat Hobart’s Federation Concert Hall on Friday April 7, which will feature Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony.

“I’ve timed my retirement to coincide with the Bruckner symphony so that I can go out with a complex work that provides plenty of challenges but also plenty of rewards,” he said. “What’s more, Bruckner’s Sixth comes only a few weeks after the TSO’s performances of Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustraand Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, two colossal pieces of music for us brass players. In fact, I’ve waited all my career to play The Rite of Spring, which is normally off-limits to the TSO because it requires such a huge orchestra. So, for all these reasons, this seems the right time to bid farewell to my professional life with the orchestra.”

Rob Clarke, Principal Bass Trombone, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Rob Clarke, retiring Principal Bass Trombone of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

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