HOTA throws epic Concert For the Planet, Saturday 24 March

HOTA – Gold Coast’s new home of the arts kicked off its outdoor program in epic style last weekend when Tim Minchin christened the stage to a capacity audience. Culminating in a fireworks display and a standing ovation it really felt like the city took a great leap forward.

Well, they’re backing it up this weekend with something entirely different again.

To mark Earth Hour this Saturday 24 March, HOTA will bring together a night of symphonic discovery when it throws its Concert for the Planet. It’s entirely free and will see the parkland and amphitheatre transform into a multi-dimensional soundscape with musicians from across the globe taking part via a worldwide live stream.

Holst’s ‘The Planets’ will be performed by the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Lachlan Snow, which has been extended to include over 100 local musicians – and fittingly – this will be the first full orchestra to perform on the new state-of-the-art stage.

Gold Coast’s Concert for The Planet is the second-ever, following the first in 2015 in Sydney.

HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke says it will be one of the region’s biggest cause-related music events.

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

From 5.00pm guests can explore an array of sustainable and eco-focused art and community stalls as well as beautiful visual art installations by Gold Coast sculptors Clayton Blake and Guy Cooper.

“And join in performance and interactive art activities including dancing, drumming, children’s activities and more,” Criena said.

HOTA has partnered with the Global Orchestra Foundation, in a commitment to make positive change for thefuture. In response to Earth Hour guests are asked to bring a reusable water bottle and make use of the free water stations around the venue, carpool or use public transport to get to the event and in particular, to use the recycling services available on-site or even better, take your rubbish home with you for appropriate disposal.

The performance will conclude at the start of Earth Hour 2018 in Queensland. The lights will be turned down so bring a torch to assist in exiting the venue safely.

The Global Orchestra was founded in 2013 and in on Mar 28, 2015 the inaugural Concert for the Planet was held with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, a mass participation, multi-location, first of its kind performance of Holst’s The Planets. Musicians and communities around the globe united using technology to mark Earth Hour.

Global Orchestra has created musical arrangements, instructional videos, lesson plans and information packs for participants to play their part on the big night. The Conductor-Cam guides players through the bar numbers and counts players in to ensure everyone can follow the score. Players interested in taking part in the 24 March concert can register at

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HOTA and Global Orchestra Foundation present CONCERT FOR THE PLANET                      

SATURDAY 24 MARCH – FREE – Outdoor activities start at 5pm, main concert starts at 7.30pm (AEST). Visit for all information.

Feature photo: Peter Wheeler

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