Celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday March 24, when Home of the Arts (HOTA) presents an evening of discovery and symphonic experience in Concert for the Planet. A free musical event that will transform 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 (formerly The Arts Centre, Gold Coast). 

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 on 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!” 

 Gold Coast Philamonic Orchestra. Image credit - GC Philamonic Orchestra

Gold Coast Philamonic Orchestra. Image credit – GC Philamonic Orchestra

On the evening of the event the HOTA precinct will be brought alive with music. 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 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.

Concert for the Planet                    

When – Saturday 24 March (Outdoor activities start at 5pm, main concert starts at 7.30pm)

Where – Outdoor stage

Cost – Free

Website – www.hota.com.au