The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra is Dunedin’s only professional orchestra, and is funded by Creative New Zealand. We have established a reputation for the high calibre of our performances.
We present an annual five-concert subscription series, plus light music, schools and chamber concerts, and education programmes including masterclasses and workshops. We also regularly accompany productions by resident and touring opera, ballet, musical and choral companies.
We have established a reputation for the high calibre of our performances, and for the conductors and soloists we attract both from overseas and from New Zealand.
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The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra is acknowledged for its innovative projects. Highlights have included four collaborations with NHNZ, which have resulted in production of the commercially available videos and DVD’s Southern Journeys (a millennium commission), Sinfonia Antartica, Timeless Land and Equator – Circle of Life, and our collaboration with Otago Heritage Books, which resulted in the commercially released CD for From the Southern Marches.
Other highlights have included:
2009 : Portrait of Frances Hodgkins, celebrating the 140th birthday of the internationally acclaimed painter
2012 : The Topp Twins
2013 : The orchestra’s tour to Japan
2014 : Tally Ho! Dunedin Sound Songs & Singers
2015 : Tour of Portrait of Frances Hodgkins to Wanaka’s Festival of Colour
2016 : Gallipoli to The Somme composed by Anthony Ritchie
2017: Tally Ho! 2 Dunedin Sound Songs & Singers
2018 : Songs of Moana by Te Vaka and the DSO
Annually the orchestra performs to approximately 20,000 people. Audience sizes have ranged from nearly 3,000 for Schools Concerts, 2,000 for light music concerts, 1,000 for the International Series concerts, to 400 (full house) for the Matinée Series concerts.