THE Penn family, of Launceston, could have easily sat at home last night and listened to a mixture of classical and modern music from the RACT Symphony Under The Stars in their own backyard - but they decided to be part of it all in the City Park.
Josie, 10, and Roy, 8, and their parents Simone and David Penn were among the thousands who turned up for the free concert by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
"We can hear it from home if we open our window," Simone said.
David added: "Roy plays drums and the recorder and Josie plays cello and piano, so they love the orchestra and it is great for them to listen to the different instruments," he said.
"Sometimes we sit in the backyard and listen, but it's more fun down here."
Aside from the picnic, Roy said he enjoyed the fact "we (his family) come down and just sit together like a family."
This year's annual performance was conducted by Brett Kelly and featured special guest artist and classical pop diva Trisha Crowe, who was a massive hit with the crowd.
Classical favourites including Jupiter from Holst's, The Planets, the orchestral suite from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story and music from Strauss's Thus Spake Zarathustra, from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.