deputy ed’s let­ter

Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - Up Front -

Ad­ver­sity comes in many forms and is en­dured and over­come – or not – in dif­fer­ent ways by each of us. Hand­mark Gallery di­rec­tor Allanah Dopson’s ex­pe­ri­ence of her young son’s brain can­cer di­ag­no­sis and even­tual death, at 13, has clearly shaped her but it does not de­fine her. In our cover story this week, Dopson shares her life story on the eve of the launch of her lat­est ven­ture, the three-day Tas­ma­nian Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val at Evan­dale. In do­ing so, she re­veals the qual­i­ties that have pro­pelled her through grief to ul­ti­mately re­turn her to her first love: mu­sic. As her friend, men­tor and artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Lon­don Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra Ti­mothy Walker says: “The breadth of skills re­quired for such an un­der­tak­ing [as the cham­ber mu­sic fes­ti­val] is all within her grasp be­cause of her il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer.” Also this week, staff writer Tim Mar­tain cel­e­brates the re­birth of Launce­s­ton’s 1937 art deco Star Theatre, which will soon re­open its doors (page 14), and delves into our con­vict past (page 17).

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