Flute Magic

Matinée Series One – Saturday 9 May 2015, 5:00 pm and Sunday 10 May, 3:00 pm
King’s and Queen’s Performing Arts Centre

Tecwyn Evans, Conductor; Bridget Douglas, Flute

Programme:
Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3
Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 1
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, Scottish

Review:

The talents of two former Dunedinites were enjoyed by an appreciative audience during Saturday’s Flute Magic concert, presented by the Southern Sinfonia.

Conductor Tecwyn Evans and flute soloist Bridget Douglas, both of whom grew up in Dunedin but are now living in Sweden and Wellington respectively, made a welcome return to their home town in an upbeat and enjoyable concert.

The concert opened with J.S. Bach’s jaunty, (mostly) fast-paced Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, with a stripped back Sinfonia – joined by David Burchell on harpsichord – bringing dance elements to the fore in this busy, complex work.

Douglas (NZSO principal flute) joined the orchestra in its first performance of Mozart’s lovely, virtuosic Concertoin G major for flute, showing impressive mastery of her instrument and a lovely, light touch throughout. The Sinfonia gave sterling support, shining through nicely in expressive passages.

With extra forces in the form of enlarged woodwind and brass sections, the Sinfonia returned in the second half to perform Mendelssohn’s evocative Symphony No 3 in A minor (Scottish).

The players gave an energetic performance, under Evans’ steady guidance, with the woodwind in particular shining through in the joyous final Allegro.

In its Flute Magic programme, both through the choice of music and its execution, the Southern Sinfonia once again provided an enjoyable afternoon of music.

Reviewed by Brenda Harwood for The Star, Thursday, 14 May 2015.