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Renewal – Tchaikovsky and Ritchie 

Saturday 19 September, 7.30 pm 
Dunedin Town Hall 

Renewal – in the material and spiritual senses – is the thematic link between the two works in this programme. Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto was written in 1878 at a time when his personal life was troubled as he had just come out of a disastrous marriage. Writing the concerto was just the tonic he needed. The concerto has turned out to be one of the most popular pieces of music ever written. While on the one hand it is acknowledged to be extremely difficult to play and has many virtuosic sections, it also has all the beautiful melodies usually found in Tchaikovsky’s music.

Performing Tchaikovsky’s concerto with the DSO will be one of NZ’s leading violinists Amalia Hall. Not only does she appear frequently as a soloist with NZ’s leading orchestras but she is also Orchestra Wellington’s Concertmaster, and she is also the violinist in the NZ Trio.

Renewal also features prominently in Anthony Ritchie’s Symphony No. 5 ‘Childhood’. The composer takes childhood as a metaphor for renewed hope and optimism for the future. The symphony was written when the decision was made to restore the Christchurch Town Hall, itself being a symbol of hope for the future. That the symphony’s world première performance is occurring during a post-COVID-19 period in New Zealand gives added poignancy to the occasion The DSO has long had a very close relationship with the composer, Anthony Ritchie, and is delighted to perform this symphony.

Conducting the DSO for this concert will be Marc Taddei who is Music Director of Orchestra Wellington and also Vallejo Symphony Orchestra near San Francisco in the United States. He is a frequent guest conductor with orchestras in Australia and New Zealand, including the DSO.

Anthony Ritchie: Symphony No.5, Childhood’- world premiére  performance 
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto 

Marc Taddei Conductor
Amalia Hall Violin