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Carmina Burana’s  conductor Marc Taddei  share some thoughts about his life and also about the concert with us in September

“Audiences come out of the woodwork to enjoy the extravagance and excitement of the work”

Carmina Burana – it is one of those works that is as exciting to play as it is to listen to. Audiences come out of the woodwork to enjoy the extravagance and excitement of the work. I love the fact that this work demands a sense of collaboration between vast numbers of musicians – in fact, performing this work seems to

unite communities, as our performance will be uniting four local choirs, including two children’s choirs! Add the huge forces required from the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, and three tremendous soloists (Natasha Wilson, Henry Choo and James Clayton), and we have the recipe for a most memorable evening!

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Introducing Voila Viola! Conductor, soloist and the composer of Viola Concerto No. 2

Anthony Ritchie – Composer of Viola Concerto No. 2

“My concerto is in 4 main movements – slow-fast-slow-fast – but they are all linked so that it is really one long movement”

In 2002 Tim Deighton made the first CD recording of my Viola Concerto No.1 with the Penn State Orchestra in the USA. Since then we stayed in touch and 15 years later Tim requested a new work for viola and orchestra. I decided it had to be concerto, but with a string orchestra only – this has long been a favourite medium of mine, but I have not had many opportunities to compose for it. The viola is an instrument that is close to my heart (my partner plays it from time to time, and now my daughter does too). It can be so expressive and somewhat melancholy on occasions but is also capable of dynamic, lively ideas. My concerto is in 4 main movements – slow-fast-slow-fast – but they are all linked so that it is really one long movement. It opens with a mysterious melodic shape that recurs through the piece. It is not a programmatic piece but has distinct moods that range from the sad and mournful (first movement) through to fast and fleeting (last movement ). There are occasional solos for viola but overall the emphasis is not on virtuosity but rather a strong relationship between soloist and orchestra.

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From Richard Higham, Chair of the Friends of the DSO

The Next Friends Event: 2018 Musical Tastings
Friends and their guests are cordially invited to the 2018 Musical Tastings of wine, cheese and music presented by members of the orchestra and music students from the University of Otago. This year the featured wines from the Central Otago vineyards of Don Hatfield, Dick Bunton and
Murray Brennan will compete for top honours.
We look forward to Friends enjoying this popular annual event.
Sunday July 22, 3.00 pm, Hanover Hall, 65 Hanover Street, Dunedin
$10 member / $20 non-member

Other Events: Special Guest: Judy Bellingham
Celebrated professional voice coach presents her book “Sing What You See, See What You Sing”, and her two DVD’s “Warm Me Up, Judy” and “Body, Voice and Brain”.
Audience participation? More than likely!
Sunday 19 August, 3.00 pm, Please note the venue: St Peter’s Church Hall, 57 Baker Street, Caversham
$10 member / $20 non-member

Portrait of a Composer: Edward Elgar
Learn more from an Elgar expert about this famous English composer who composed well-known music such as ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ and the ‘Enigma Variations’. Included will be the screening of Ken Russell’s wonderful film on Elgar.
Sunday 16 September, 3.00 pm, Hanover Hall, 65 Hanover Street, Dunedin
$10 member / $20 non-member

The Friends of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra present an annual calendar of wonderful events that help support the activities of the orchestra through post-concert suppers, chamber music concerts, meeting with the orchestra’s guest artists and convivial social occasions. Membership of the Friends offers an exclusive advance booking period for tickets to the International and Matinee concerts. Post-concert suppers are served immediately after each Matinee Series concert. Membership also enables entry to
Friends events throughout the year at a discounted rate.

Further information: Richard Higham (Chairman of the Friends) Phone: 03 476 1848
Email: richard.higham@otago.ac.nz

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Introducing Voila Viola! Conductor, soloist and the composer of Viola Concerto No. 2

Tim Deighton – Viola

“ I’ve always enjoyed the process of bringing a new musical work into the world”

I’ve just finished a  series of chamber music festivals in the northeast United States and (believe it or not) I’m looking forward to escaping the summer heat for a few weeks to return to my homeland to perform Anthony Ritchie’s second viola concerto.

Back in 2002, I performed and subsequently recorded Anthony’s first viola concerto for a CD of music for the viola by New Zealand composers. I very much enjoyed that work and we agreed that one day we’d collaborate on another piece together. That day has now come and I’m excited to work with Anthony again, and with Richard Davis and the musicians of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra.  I’ve always enjoyed the process of bringing a new musical work into the world and it’s something I feel a duty to do as a violist and as a pedagogue – of course it’s a particular pleasure to do this in New Zealand with someone whose music I already so admire. Although we’ve discussed a few musical details via email, it’s really quite hard to predict exactly what will happen when we all get together to read the piece together for the first time. There is always some tweaking to be done (tempi, balance, etc) when exploring a new work. But that’s part of the attraction of new music for me, and I’m really looking forward to it!

After the performances with the DSO, I’ll return to the United States to start the new academic year with my class of 18 viola students, and to prepare for some concerts with my trio in the US and Taiwan in October. I have a sabbatical coming up next year, so I’m pleased that I’ll be able to get back to New Zealand again very soon!

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Introducing Voila Viola! Conductor, soloist and the composer of Viola Concerto No. 2

Richard Davis – Conductor

“we will end this concert with Tchaikovsky’s mighty Serenade for Strings although we might be offering you a gift of our own – a surprise encore”

I am thrilled to be returning to Dunedin and to work with your wonderful symphony orchestra again. I was so impressed with the musicians last year and have created another rich, varied and exciting programme for you. Although we will be focussing on the excellent string section of the DSO – beginning and ending the concert with two very well-known string works – there will also be the opportunity for a few additional instrumentalists to shine in between.

We open the performance with Benjamin Britten’s enduringly popular Simple Symphony with its charming ‘Playful Pizzicato’ movement and passionate ‘Sarabande’. Although this piece was completed at the age of 20, Britten wrote the core of the music between the ages of 9 and 12.

Aaron Copland wrote his ‘Ballet for Martha’ in 1944 and then the dancer, to whom it was dedicated, Martha Graham chose the iconic name – Appalachian Spring. Copland found it amusing how people would come up to him and tell him that he’d perfectly captured the essence of the Appalachian Mountains in spring and yet neither the music nor the story is about Appalachia…or spring! This very popular work is not often heard in its original chamber-orchestra format and you’ll be surprised, because of Copland’s unique compositional style, at how rich it sounds with so few players on stage. This piece ends with the Shaker melody: ‘Simple Gifts’ which you may know as the tune for ‘Lord of the Dance’.

After the interval we welcome the viola virtuoso, Tim Deighton, to perform the world première of New Zealand composer Anthony Ritchie’s Viola Concerto No. 2, written especially for Tim and the DSO. And we will end this concert with Tchaikovsky’s mighty Serenade for Strings although we might be offering you a gift of our own – a surprise encore

Full house treated to wonderful performance

Guitar Extravaganza

Saturday 9 June, 5:00 pm and Sunday 10 June 2018, 3:00 pm
King’s and Queen’s Performing Arts Centre

Kenneth Young Conductor
Vladimir Gorbach, Owen Moriarty,
Jane Curry, John Couch Guitars

Programme:
BeethovenEgmont Overture
Jack SpeirsNight Music
RodrigoConcierto Andaluz
FauréPelléas et Mélisande Suite
MozartSymphony No. 35, Haffner

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