Forsyth Barr Matinée Series 2: Strings to their Bows.
Richard Davis - Conductor
Tessa Petersen - Violin
Heleen du Plessis - Cello
JS Bach: Orchestra Suite No. 1
Vaughan Williams: Violin Concerto in D Minor
– Concerto accademico
Saint Saens: Cello Concerto No. 1
Schubert: Symphony No. 5
The University’s two string lecturers take centre-stage in this concert. Tessa Petersen joined the University Music staff in 2008 and in 2015 became the DSO’s Concertmaster, coming full circle as she had been a member of the orchestra from 1983 onwards.
The Vaughan Williams concerto she will perform was composed for Hungarian violinist Jelly d’Arányi and was inspired by JS Bach’s Double Concerto. To reflect that connection with Bach, our concert opens with Bach’s Orchestra Suite No. 1.
Heleen du Plessis moved to Dunedin in 2010 to join the University, and the following year started playing in the DSO as Principal Cello. She also appears in international festivals, and with chamber groups and orchestras. The Saint Saens concerto she will play is considered by many to be the greatest cello concerto of all time.
We are delighted to welcome back Melbourne-based conductor Richard Davis. The concert finishes with Schubert’s delightful Symphony No. 5. It is typical Schubert: sunny and simple melodies that burst into life from the very first beat of the symphony.