Tecwyn Evans - Conductor
Terence Dennis and Tom McGrath - Piano
Peter Adams: Huriawa: prelude and variations
for orchestra (world première performance)
Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos
Brahms: Symphony No. 3
Tecwyn Evans, a conducting Otago graduate, has a flourishing career in Europe and was recently appointed as Director of Music at Danish National Opera.
Terence Dennis has been a member of the Music Department since 1981. He is well-known to audiences around the world as a frequent accompanist for Dame Kiri te Kanawa and tenor Simon O’Neill. He and Tom McGrath join forces to present Poulenc’s jazzy and sparkling Concerto for Two Pianos. Tom is a Teaching Fellow in Piano Accompaniment in the Music Department, and he performs with other orchestras and Chamber Music NZ throughout New Zealand.
The concert starts with the première performance of a work by Peter Adams (who was one of Tecwyn’s Otago lecturers). Huriawa evokes the history, atmosphere and character of the Karitane peninsula just outside Dunedin. The performance of this work also serves to celebrate Matariki.
The concert closes with Brahms’s Symphony No. 3. Considered to be one of Brahms’s most poetic and evocative works, it was hailed by the critic Eduard Hanslick as ‘artistically the most perfect… equal to the best of Brahms’s works… a feast for the music-lover and musician’.