Arabian nights, witches, and fantastical tales – a fanciful afternoon of spellbinding music presented by Bay of Plenty Symphonia, conducted by Justus Rozemond. This is a big symphonic programme of late romantic music, with full brass and a mighty percussion section, just right for seeing off the gremlins!
Hansel and Gretel stray into the forest where they encounter the wicked witch and her gingerbread cottage. The overture to Humperdinck’s popular opera depicts the drama of the children’s adventure. Grieg’s Peer Gynt travels through the mountains, beginning at sunrise and finally cavorting with trolls in the hall of the mountain king. Mussorgsky’s Night on the Bare Mountain tells the story of a witches' Sabbath - a wild party, winding up when the witches vanish at dawn.
Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is the major work on the programme. The story-telling heroine keeps her husband amused with her tales through 1001 Arabian Nights. All the family will enjoy meeting Sinbad the Sailor and sharing his adventures on the sea.
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