From the Bay's community orchestra, a varied orchestral concert with wide appeal, conducted by Justus Rozemond.
Top of the bill is stunning marimba soloist, Yoshiko Tsuruta, playing a concerto by contemporary French composer Emmanuel Séjourné. Local star Yoshiko performed with the Symphonia in 2014, dazzling the sell-out audiences with her mastery of the marimba, an large, impressive percussion instrument with a beautiful mellow sound. Séjourné’s gorgeous Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra has become a very popular work in the marimba repertoire.
By contrast Donizetti’s lively Sinfonia for Winds from 1817 features the orchestra’s wind players in an early work by this Italian composer, best known for his many operas.
Paul McCartney’s orchestral composition, Spiral, inspired the title of this concert. This haunting, impressionistic piece may not have been performed before in New Zealand.
Bookending these lesser known works are two well known gems of the classical repertoire – Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess opens the concert and Dvořák’s Czech Suite, an energetic set based on folk dances, closes the programme in style.
Entry is by donation at the door - pay what you can and what you think it is worth!