Picnic to great tunes in Tasmania this summer

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If sitting on the grass, chatting with friends, enjoying the sunshine and listening to smooth tunes sounds like your idea of a perfect afternoon, then look no further than Summer Music in Tolosa Park this January and February.

The eclectic Tasmanian festival is made up of a series of free events in Glenorchy's beautiful main park and one of the state's best outdoor venues – Tolosa Park Soundshell – where you can picnic and revel in the vibrant atmosphere created by some magnificent live music.

Four shows will cover a range of musical genres from jazz and brass to classical and country – and best of all it is completely free

Kicking off Sunday January 29 with Jazz in the Park, this wonderful afternoon features everything from traditional to contemporary styles including polished acts such as the Blue Channel Jazz Ensemble, David Squires and Friends, The Mia Palencia Band and the Jazz Executives.

One of Australia's best concert brass bands – the 40 piece Glenorchy City Concert Brass – will entertain the crowd with a sensational two-hour lunchtime performance on Sunday February 5, delivering an inspirational repertoire of movie tunes, pop and some classics of the genre.

Saturday February 18 the park comes alive for a great evening called Symphony under the Stars. This is a time to chill out on your picnic rug and mix with family and friends, or meet new people to the background of the fantastic Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

The program closes with a good old-fashioned hoedown on February 26, with guests encouraged to tap their feet and celebrate some fine country music performed by a collection of quality local bands.

Summer Music in Tolosa Park is an event not to be missed, so pick your date and join the action as part of your visit to the thriving island state.

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