SAVE THE DATES FOR OUR 2019 CONCERTS:
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May
Friday 28 June
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July
Saturday 24 August
Saturday 21 September
What to expect next year from the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra
‘Flagship Series celebrating University’s 150th Anniversary’
The DSO’s Town Hall International Series and King’s and Queen’s Matinee Series concerts will once again be the flagship of the orchestra’s activities, and they promise many treats for concert-goers. In particular, the concerts will showcase the outstanding talent of the conductors, composers and performers of the lecturers, students and graduates of the University of Otago, as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.
These are some of the treats in store for concert-goers:
Top Soloists such as pianist Michael Houstoun, flutist Bridget Douglas, and singers Anna Leese, Emma Fraser and Lexus Song Quest winner Joel Amosa plus current University staff: Terence Dennis and Tom McGrath (piano), Tessa Petersen (violin) and Heleen du Plessis (cello).
Composers Anthony Ritchie and Peter Adams are featured:
‘From the Southern Marches’ – a work by Anthony Ritchie that was so popular in 1998 that it attracted a full Town Hall audience, and then was repeated later that year to a similarly large audience. It is a selection of poetry and texts which reflects the southern South Island’s people’s spirit from Maori chants through to the modern era. These texts are sung by four soloists and choir, with full orchestra accompaniment.
Peter Adam’s ‘Huriawa’ reflects the story of forbidden, tragic love associated with the headland of the Karitane peninsula near Dunedin. This performance will also celebrate 2019 Matariki.
Distinguished international conductors include:
London-based Principal Guest Conductor Simon Over
o Conductor Tecwyn Evans is making a special trip from his European base.
o Tianyi-Lu – originally from Shanghai, she studied in Auckland and is quickly making gaining international attention: she is Assistant Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst other achievements.
o Richard Davis – based in Melbourne
Saturday 13 April
Another highlight will be ‘Tally Ho! 3 – The Essential Dunedin Sound’ featuring the iconic songs and singers of the Dunedin Sound era, along with some contemporary singers and songs, such as Shayne Carter, Anthonie Tonnon, Metitilani Alo and Molly Devine. As for previous ‘Tally Ho!’ concerts, the University’s Music staff are at the helm: Peter Adams will be wielding the conductor’s baton and Graeme Downes is both arranger and performer.
As well as these projects, the orchestra will be involved in the following:
– City Choir Dunedin’s performance of Bach’s masterpiece ‘The St Matthew’s Passion’ in March and Handel’s perennial favourite ‘The Messiah’ in December.
– Outreach projects: Joining forces with Dunedin’s up-and-coming players who participate in the DSO’s wide range of outreach projects: DSO Academy, Play with the Orchestra, and a tour of Otago schools.
– University collaborations: Masterclasses, a scholarship, and instrumental tuition support.
The International and Matinee Series will be launched in late-February when subscription bookings open and ‘Tally Ho! 3’ tickets will also be on sale then too.