From Philippa Harris, General Manager

Dear Music-lovers

The end of our concert year looms, and there is plenty on offer. We’re delighted to present Wellington pianist Jian Liu. Since arriving here in 2011 from China via the USA, he’s been impressing audiences around the country. He’s to play one of New Zealanders’ favourite works: Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2. A highlight will be Principal Guest Conductor Simon Over guiding the orchestra through the swirl of Russian Romantic music, including works by Glinka and Tchaikovsky. This will be a grand finale to our concert year!

Our education projects continue to engage with many of the community’s players. The DSO Academy, for young players between Grades 3 and 6, has had a bumper year, including performances at both Summerset at Bishopscourt and Redroofs retirement villages. In September we had a large group of players from around Dunedin and Otago join DSO players at Hanover Hall for Play with the Orchestra directed by Marc Taddei. Finally, at the end of November a group of players will be touring around Otago’s primary and intermediate schools performing to literally thousands of children.

Also in November is the Royal NZ Ballet’s The Nutcracker season. So there’s plenty to keep devotees of orchestral music busy.

As you’ll see, we’ve launched a Virtual Café: for just a donation equivalent to the price of a weekly coffee, you can help the orchestra continue to present musical masterpieces with top-class conductors and soloists for your enjoyment.

Wanted – a volunteer with good woodcraft skills! We have five original Baptist Church pews that need extensive TLC to restore them to their former beauty. If this sounds like you, please contact me (manager@dso.org.nz) for further details.

Thanks to all of you who support the orchestra so generously and in so many different ways, helping us to present 2018’s outstanding performances, and we hope you enjoy our end-of-year offerings.