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Posts tagged: concerto

Wellington Youth Orchestra and Simon Brew – playing for keeps

By , 11/10/2016
From the first solo ‘cello note of the Wellington Youth Orchestra’s performance of the “William Tell” Overture, I was spellbound – I’d never heard that opening ascending phrase speak more eloquently and poetically. Naturally, I couldn’t straight-away rustle about in my seat turning my programme’s pages to discover who the ‘cellist was - which was good, because my attention wasn’t then diverted from the playing of the other individual... read more

“Orchestras Unite” – a brilliant success for youthful Wellington musicians

By , 03/08/2016

These days I count myself proudly, if also a little ruefully, among the grey-headed majority who attend classical concerts – of course, these are the people whose loyal and continued support of our various concert series and occasional special events helps to ensure their continuance. Nevertheless it was a refreshing change to find myself sitting in an auditorium for a classical concert with what seemed like hundreds of... read more

Music Futures diverting showcase for rising young musicians

By , 31/07/2016
Music Futures is an independent enterprise set up by a group of people who felt there was a need for something more to help talented young musicians through financial awards, performance, opportunities, workshops and masterclasses, mentoring, and lending and hiring instruments. This was their first public performance this year. Members of the NZSO are among the tutors and mentors. This concert set out in part to illustrate the range of... read more

Stunning clarinet playing and a “Great” symphony courtesy of the WCO

By , 03/07/2016

Mozart's Overture to his opera/pantomime “The Magic Flute” began the Wellington Chamber Orchestra's latest Sunday concert at St.Andrews in grand and ceremonial fashion, though it wasn't long before the music slyly stepped out of its ritualistic garb and started to dance. Conductor Vince Hardaker kept the players up-to-speed throughout the introduction with a flowing tempo that moved easily into the allegro. Though there was obviously a “warming up”... read more

Full house for Edo de Waart and the NZSO in magnificent Eroica and an epic Double Concerto by Brahms

In a review of the NZSO just over a year ago, I said “You can’t beat Beethoven on a good day – and this was a very good day”. That was one hundred percent true of this concert, with new Music Director Edo de Waart. I thought it was brilliant planning to get an audience in to hear a programme that was at least in part familiar. They would... read more

Committed and successful concert of Russian classics from Wellington Chamber Orchestra

By , 10/04/2016
I was prevented from getting to the first half of this concert, which, with the tough though splendid Prokofiev concerto with Helene Pohl, would obviously have been the highlight. But Borodin is no stroll through the birch forest either. The Prokofiev concerto had an interesting provenance, as the composer later recounted: "The number of places in which I wrote the concerto shows the kind of nomadic concert-tour life I led then. The... read more

Rites of Spring – from the sublime to “cor blimey” in all respects

  Spring was celebrated before a nearly full Michael Fowler Centre on Friday.  Though the very popular Vaughan Williams work and the famous Stravinsky ballet score were composed within a short space of time of each other, their musical languages were vastly different, yet they both in their own ways celebrated spring, one in the English countryside, the other in a primitive Russian past.  Thus the programme was rather a... read more

Providence delivers the goods, courtesy of Houstoun, fireworks and Orchestra Wellington

By , 07/11/2015

What with the Arohanui Strings delighting us at the concert's beginning, and the city's annual Guy Fawkes' firework display illuminating the interval in a most spectacular way, this was an event which had plenty of what economists like to call "added value" - but it's all part of what we've come to expect from an Orchestra Wellington occasion! In other words there's nothing routine about what happens, even... read more

An experience to be savoured – Kari Kriikku with the NZSO

By , 30/10/2015

The concert certainly lived up to its title - this was no genteel, well-manicured, orderly assemblage of dulcet, well-rounded tones, but a feisty, attention-grabbing trio of pieces which, thanks to on-the-spot advocacy from concerto soloist, conductor and players, certainly made a lasting impact.

Because of the sheer physicality of each of the works, as well as the presence of a soloist in the second piece who wasn't backward... read more

Hamish McKeich’s final WYO concert a knockout

By , 19/10/2015

This was a thoroughly enjoyable and enlivening programme, and as it turned out a  most appropriate way for the Wellington Youth Orchestra to (a) conclude a successful playing-year, and (b) farewell conductor Hamish McKeich, who's been the orchestra's inspirational music director for the past four years. Having heard nothing about Hamish's departure beforehand, I was surprised when the concert's master of ceremonies, Peter Dykes made the announcement... read more

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