Dunedin Symphony Orchestra postpones first two concerts postponed.
Update regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Following the Government’s directive banning public events of 500 or more people, and out of concern for the health of those involved, the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra has decided to postpone its 4 April and 2 May concerts until September and October this year. These concerts will replace the ‘Beethoven’s Big Birthday Bash’ on 19 September and the Halloween Concert on 31 October, and the DSO will be looking into how to present those projects on other dates instead, possibly in different formats.
The DSO intends to keep the 4 April and 2 May artists and repertoire intact as far as is possible, but its ability to do that will depend on the availability of these artists. Once conductors and soloists are finalised, we will be able to advise who the artists are and what the repertoire will be for the 19 September and 31 October dates.
Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, written in 1801, is described as a masterpiece. It reveals the development of emotional impact and intellectual depth in his music which evolved after his deafness began in 1796.
John Chen is a Malaysian-born New Zealand concert pianist, and in 2004 he became the youngest-ever winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition. After finishing his studies in Auckland, he continued in the USA, and his career now takes him to all corners of the world.
As well as celebrating 250 years since Beethoven’s birth, this concert also celebrates the 60th birthday of the Dunedin-based composer Anthony Ritchie who has been hailed as “one of the greatest composers of his time”. His first symphony was composed in 1993 while he was the DSO’s Composer In Residence. The DSO is delighted to mark this milestone for a composer with whom our relationship has flourished, especially as May is New Zealand’s Music Month.
Tecwyn Evans – Conductor
John Chen - Piano
Beethoven: Overture to ‘Prometheus’
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Anthony Ritchie: Symphony No. 1, Boum