Introducing DSO 2020 Concert Series.

Concert Series 2020

Update regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) 

Postponement of AGMs

The AGMs of the Dunedin Civic Orchestra Incorporated (the DSO’s legal entity) and of the Friends of the Sinfonia Inc. (the Friends of the DSO’s legal entity) were due to be held on Tuesday 31 March.  However, because of the government’s restrictions resulting from Covid-19, these meetings cannot proceed as planned.  Unfortunately we now do not have sufficient time to organise ‘virtual’ meetings, and as well as that ‘virtual’ meetings would depend on all members having the required technology and connectivity so as to be able to take part in the meetings, and there isn’t sufficient time to ascertain that and/or make alternative arrangements.

The Board of the Orchestra has decided that the AGM should be postponed until further notice, and the Friends of the DSO are following suit.  Once the government allows meetings to occur, we will then send out the Notices of Meeting to all the Members, as required by the Orchestra’s and Friends’ Constitution.

Thank you for your understanding in these unusual and challenging times, and thank you too for your support of the orchestra and the Friends.

The Board of the DSO and the Committee of the Friends of the DSO

DSO Concert Series 2020 – First two concerts postponed

Kia ora,

Following the Government’s directive banning all public events and out of concern for the health of those involved, the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra has decided to postpone its 4 April and 2 May concerts until September and October this year. These concerts will replace the ‘Beethoven’s Big Birthday Bash’ on 19 September and the Halloween Concert on 31 October, and the DSO will be looking into how to present those projects on other dates instead, possibly in different formats.

The DSO intends to keep the 4 April and 2 May artists and repertoire intact as far as is possible, but its ability to do that will depend on the availability of these artists and the circumstances at that time. Once conductors and soloists are finalised, we will be able to advise who the artists are and what the repertoire will be for the 19 September and 31 October dates.

At that point, the DSO will be in touch with International Series and Flexi-Ticket subscribers and sponsors to discuss the next steps.

Regarding future concerts, the DSO will be monitoring developments as they occur. In particular, regarding the first Matinee Series performances on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June, a decision as to whether or not these can proceed as planned will be announced on or before Friday 8 May.

We will be communicating any updates or changes with our audiences, artists and stakeholders appropriately as changes occur, and will be posting updates on the DSO website and DSO Facebook page.

The DSO appreciates your understanding and support in these unprecedented times.

Update regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) –  Tuesday 17 March 2020

Yesterday the government announced that events where 500 or more people are together in one place should be cancelled. The DSO is currently considering its options, and tomorrow it will be making an announcement regarding its forthcoming concerts.

Dunedin Symphony Orchestra update regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Monday 16 March 2020

This page will be updated as required depending on developments.

DSO would like to re-assure patrons that the DSO takes the health of our audience, musicians and staff very seriously. We are monitoring the situation and following the advice of the Ministry of Health regarding public events and mass gatherings. This is the link to their webpage about this:

For the time being, our concerts are happening as scheduled.

A reminder to our audiences about their health and safety
The Ministry of Health asks event organisers to remind audiences of the following:
– Do not attend concerts if you are feeling unwell.
– Do not attend the concerts if you have been overseas in the past 14 days, except for the Pacific Islands (as listed on the Ministry of Health’s website).
– Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, or cough/sneeze into your elbow.
– Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and dry them thoroughly or use hand sanitiser, especially after coughing or sneezing.

Guest Artists
In the event that a guest artist is unable to perform due to restricted air travel or illness, the DSO will do its best to replace the artist.

What happens if the DSO needs to cancel a concert
If the Ministry of Health recommendation regarding public and mass gatherings means we need to cancel a concert, we will notify all ticket holders by email, phone or letter as soon as it is possible for us to do so. The latest updates will be posted on the DSO website and the DSO Facebook page.

What is the DSO doing to keep patrons safe?
The DSO is in contact with the Town Hall management and they have advised that they are following New Zealand Ministry of Health guidelines and ensuring that their cleaning practices are appropriate.


A season of celebration

Welcome to the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 season – a season of classics by favourite composers as well as some new and exciting pieces.

Ode to Joy

WEBB FARRY LAWYERS International Series 3 : Ode to Joy – Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Saturday 22 August, 7:30 pm
Dunedin Town Hall


FORSYTH BARR Matinée Series 1 : Reflections – Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto

Saturday 6 June, 5:00 pm and Sunday 7 June, 3:00 pm
King’s and Queen’s Performing Arts Centre

Musical Prodigies

FORSYTH BARR Matinée Series 2 : Musical Prodigies – Mozart, Mendelssohn and Prokofiev

Saturday 18 July, 5:00 pm and Sunday 19 July, 3:00 pm
King’s and Queen’s Performing Arts Centre

DSO 2020 Subscriptions.


Concert Series 2020

Bookings for the 2020  Concert Series subscriptions are opened now. All 2020 Concert Series subscribers will be eligible for a 10% discount off the Halloween Spooktacular Concert. If your booking is received by Monday 17 February you will go into the draw for two complimentary tickets to the Halloween concert.